Caubaye, Suzanne, d. 1981.
Billy Rose Theatre Division
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The Suzanne Caubaye papers range from 1919 to 1979 and document her career as an actress and a writer. The collection includes a note from James Mason, a script by Crane Wilbur and a script and drafts of Caubaye's articlesabout Sarah Bernhardt. Among the Bernhardt ephemera are aviolet from Bernhardt's grave, a translation of her baptismal certificate and photostats of Bernhardt's letterintroducing Caubaye to the American public. The scrapbookcontains clippings, programs and photographs documenting Caubaye's stage career beginning with her first hit THE SQUALL in 1926 and ending with a 1966 published article about Sarah Bernhardt.
Suzanne Caubaye [originally Caubet] actress and writer, was born in Algeria to French parents, her father an actorand her mother apparently a doctor. The family returned to Paris when Caubaye was still an infant. Both her father and her uncle, George Duneubourg, were members of Sarah Bernhardt's company.
Caubaye made her acting debut at the age of threee in a production of RIP VAN WINKLE. She began playing roles in Sarah Bernhardt's productions when she was eleven. Fron 1917 to 1919 Caubaye played ingenue leads in Bernhardt's one-act plays and in single acts from full-length successes during three farewell tours of America and Cuba.At the close of the 1919 tour, Caubaye remained in America. She had a brief film career in Hollywood, appeared in Morris Gest's MIDNIGHT WHIRL in New York, did a season of French plays with Richard Herndon, and toured in several plays including THE MONSTER.
In 1926 she won rave notices for the role of Nubi in theBroadway production of THE SQUALL. Among other Broadway plays in which she appeared were THE STOLEN LADY, RINGSIDE,THE IMPORTED WIFE, and THE GREAT BARRINGTON. After Caubaye replaced Irene Bordoni in LOUISIANA PURCHASE, she played many of Bordoni's parts on the road.
Caubaye appeared frequently on television in shows such as THE GOLDBERGS, I SPY and KRAFT THEATRE and was heard onthe radio in THE FAT MAN, FRED ALLEN, and MA PERKINS, to name only a few.
As a writer, Caubaye collaborated with Anne Partridge onthe play Sarah and wrote articles about her experiences with Sarah Bernhardt, who was her godmother. She also collaborated on several plays with her husband Crane Wilbur. She died at the Actors' Fund Home in New Jersey in 1981.
Controlled Access Terms
- Caubaye, Suzanne, d. 1981.
- Mason, James, 1909-1984.
- Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923.
- Wilbur, Crane, 1886-1973.
- Radio actors and actresses.
- Television actors and actresses.
- Actresses -- France.
Additional Creator Name
- Wilbur, Crane, 1886-1973. Imported wife.