Renee Adoree was a petite French actress who rose to film fame after an obscure beginning with an itinerant circus.
She was reared in a small circus troupe in which her parents and siblings were all performers. The circus traveled in wagons from town to town, using the railroad for longer trips. Adoree traveled through several European countries including France, Germany, Belgium and Sweden performing as a dancer, acrobat and bareback rider.
She was dancing in a theater in Brussels when World War I broke out. After the war Adoree arrived in York York where she found work on the stage—appearing in "Oh Uncle," "Oh What a Girl," "The Dancer" and "Sonny."
And then she made an almost unheralded entrance into films. It wasn't until she appeared in Reginald Barker's "The Eternal Struggle" that she became a star. In this 1923 silent drama, which costarred Earle Williams and Barbara La Marr, Adoree played Andree Grange, the daughter of a local cafe owner.
It was with John Gilbert that Adoree reached her pinnacle in "The Big Parade," one of the outstanding films about the war.
Adoree was forced to give up her career when she was stricken with tuberculosis. It had been her fervent hope to try a comeback.