Leonie Yahne
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Leonie Yahne
Leonie Yahne in about 1900, by Reutlinger

Léonie Yahne (August 8, 1867 -- April 26, 1950) was a French comedic actress.

Early life

Marie Léonie Jahn was born at Versailles, France. She used a different spelling of her surname professionally, to reflect its pronunciation.[1]


"Yahne et Antoine dans l'age difficile", by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum

Yahne was an actress on the Paris stage for most of her career, which lasted from about 1884 to 1917. Her stage roles included Lucienne in Monsieur l'Abbé (1891),[2] Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac (1900), opposite Benoît-Constant Coquelin,[3][4] the title part in Catulle Mendès's La Reine Fiammette (1898),[5] Huguette in Famille (1901).[6] and Adinolfa in Impressions d'Afrique (1912).[7] In 1895, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec drew her with her co-stars André Antoine and Henry Mayer in L'Age Difficile.[8] She also appeared in at least one silent film short, Le duel de Max (1913) with Max Linder.

In 1911 she won a lawsuit against another Parisian actress calling herself "Yane", preventing the other woman from using a stage name that so closely resembled her own.[1] An English magazine referred to Yahne as "a favorite in society, an expert with foils, a passionate horsewoman, and a terror of France on her automobile."[9]

Personal life

Léonie Yahne owned a property in Louveciennes, named Villa Fiammette after one of her best-known roles. [10] She died in Paris in 1950, aged 82 years.


  1. ^ a b John Henry Wigmore, Select Cases on the Law of Torts (Little, Brown 1912): 960.
  2. ^ "New Plays Produced in Paris" The Dramatic Year Book for ... 1891 (Trischler 1892): 338-339.
  3. ^ "From Abroad" The International (December 1900): 508.
  4. ^ "French comedian Léonie Yahne as Roxane in play 'Cyrano de Bergerac'" (1900), Getty Images.
  5. ^ R. S. W., "Catulle Mendès's Play, 'Queen Fiammetta'" The Theatre Magazine (October 1902): 16.
  6. ^ "French comedian Léonie Yahne as Huguette in play 'Famille'" (1901), Getty Images.
  7. ^ "French comedian Leonie Yahne as Adinolfa in play 'Impressions d'Afrique'" (1912), Getty Images.
  8. ^ Colta Feller Ives, Toulouse-Lautrec in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art 1996): 66. ISBN 9780870998041
  9. ^ "Beauty on the Paris Stage" Royal Magazine (1901): 196.
  10. ^ William C. Carter, Marcel Proust: A Life (Yale University Press 2002): 452. ISBN 9780300094008

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