Helbling, Jeanne

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Helbling, Jeanne Gender: F
Johanna Marie Helbling
born on 26 July 1903 at 21:30 (= 9:30 PM )
Place Thann, France, 47n49, 7e05
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Mandl
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 02°39' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 05°33 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 05°29'

Jeanne Helbling (with Gaston Glass in "La piste des géants," 1930)


French film and stage actress, film director, and singer, who began her career in the cinema in 1920, and in the following year obtained consistent roles in four silent films (released in 1922). She then regularly performed until 1940, before two last films in 1945 and 1946. She married a French-born American, Henri Garin, with whom she settled permanently in the United States.

At the time of the German occupation of Paris in 1940, Jeanne Helbling entered the Resistance under the name of Chantal. Although worried by the Gestapo, Helbling managed to emerge from the Second World War without hindrance and received honours from both liberated France (in particular from General de Gaulle) and the United Kingdom (decorated with the Order of The British Empire, among other things, for having hosted the English agent Forest Yeo-Thomas, known as Shelley or The White Rabbit, at her home on each of his visits to France).

She died on 6 August 1985, aged 82, in New York, New York.

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Source Notes

Birth certificate quoted in Michaël Mandl's CINÉMA MUET collection: "Allez savoir pourquoi : une première demande auprès de l’état civil a obtenu une réponse négative, mais il faut parfois insister… Suite à la même requête, quelques semaines plus tard, j’ai reçu de la part du Président de la Société d’Histoire « Les Amis de Thann », Monsieur André Rohmer, que je remercie, un dossier complet sur Jeanne Helbling, qui fut non seulement une actrice, mais aussi une grande résistante. J’en profite également pour remercier Karen Fry, Christian Courtois et Robert Jager, qui m’ont aidé dans la traduction de cet acte, difficile à déchiffrer, dressé en allemand et en caractère gothiques…" (A first application to the civil registry was answered in the negative, but sometimes one must insist ... Following the same request, a few weeks later, I received from the President of the Société d'History "Les Amis de Thann", Mr. André Rohmer, whom I thank, a complete file on Jeanne Helbling, who was not only an actress, but also a great resistant. I would also like to thank Karen Fry, Christian Courtois and Robert Jager, who helped me translate this act, difficult to decipher, written in German and in Gothic characters ...).


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 82)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Stage and film)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Film)
  • Vocation : Military : Pacifist/ Objector (Resistance)