Renee Adoree was born Jeanne de la Fontein in Lille, in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France on 30 September 1898.
Renee had what one could call a normal childhood. Her background is, perhaps, one of the most difficult to find information on any actress in existence. What we do know that her interest in acting surfaced during her teen years with minor stage productions in France.
By 1920, Renee had gained the notice of American producers and came to New York. Her first film before US audiences was The Strongest that same year.
That was to be it until 1921 when she appeared in Made In Heaven. Renee wondered if she had made the right move by going into motion pictures because of two minor roles in as many films.
Finally MGM saw fit to put her in more films in 1922. Movies such as West Of Chicago, Daydreams, Mixed Faces, and Monte Cristo saw her with meatier roles than she had had previously. Renee was, finally, hitting her stride.
Better roles to be sure, but still she was not of first class caliber yet. All that changed in 1925 when she starred as Melisande with John Gilbert in The Big Parade. The picture made stars out of Renee, Gilbert, and Karl Dane.
Based on the films success, Renee was put in another production that same year in Excuse Me. It lacked the drama the previous picture but was well-received. In a plot written by Elinor Glyn, Renee starred as Suzette in Man and Maid (1925).
This was Renee’s most provocative role yet and she was fast becoming one of the sexiest actresses on the screen. In 1927, Renee starred as Nang Ping in Mr. Wu along with her sister Mira. The film was a hit with co-stars Ralph Forbes and Lon Chaney, but it was Renee’s character which carried the film.
After several more films, her career was slowing down. She appeared in a bit part in Show People later that year. The following year she had an uncredited bit role in His Glorious Night.
Re-discovered by First National Pictures after being released by MGM, she appeared in The Spieler (1928) where she was a struggling carnival manager trying to overcome the dishonesty that went on in her organization. Ill with tuberculosis, she retired.
Less than a week after her 35th birthday, Renee died in Tujunga, California on October 5, 1933.