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Alice GUY

French Alice GUY

born Alice Ida Antoinette GUY

French pioneer filmmaker

Source :  Francoise ALLIGNET

Born: on July 01, 1873 in Saint-Mandé, Val-de-Marne, France
Died: on March 24, 1968 in Wayne, New Jersey, United States


In 1865, Alice's father, Emile Guy, an owner of a bookstore and publishing company in Santiago and Valparaíso, Chile, married Marie Clotilde Franceline Aubert. The couple returned to Santiago after the wedding in Paris. In early 1873, Marie and Emile lived in Santiago, with Alice's four siblings.

There was a devastating smallpox epidemic in Chile in 1872 and 1873. Emile and Marie Guy brought all four of their children back to Paris, where Alice was born. In her autobiography, Alice refers to her mother's attempt to make sure "one of her children should be French". Her father returned to Chile soon after her birth, and her mother followed a few months later. Alice was entrusted to her grandmother in Carouge, Switzerland. At the age of three or four, Alice's mother returned from Chile and took Alice back to South America.

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