Hessling, Catherine

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Hessling, Catherine Gender: F
Andrée Madeleine Heuschling
born on 22 June 1900 at 09:00 (= 09:00 AM )
Place Pontfaverger Moronvilliers, France, 49n18, 4e19
Timezone LST m2e2015 (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Mandl
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 00°27' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 01°08 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 29°01'

Catherine Hessling (1925)


French actress and the first wife of film director Jean Renoir. Hessling appeared in 15, mostly silent, films before retiring from the acting profession and withdrawing from public life in the mid-1930s.

In 1917, her beauty came to the attention of Henri Matisse, who sent her to fellow artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir as he thought she looked like a suitable Renoir subject. Hessling modelled, clothed and nude, for Renoir until his death in December 1919. Renoir's second son, Jean, fell in love with Hessling, and the couple married on 24 January 1920. Hessling gave birth to a son, Alain Renoir, on 31 October 1921.

The couple separated in 1931, and their divorce was finalised in 1943.

Hessling died in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Paris on 28 September 1979, aged 79.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • spouse relationship with Renoir, Jean (born 15 September 1894). Notes: 1920-1943


  • Relationship : Marriage 24 January 1920 (Jean Renoir)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 31 October 1921 (Birth of son, Alain)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : End significant relationship January 1931 (Jean Renoir, separated)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1943 (Jean Renoir)

Source Notes

Birth certificate quoted in Michaël Mandl's CINÉMA MUET collection.


  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Jean Renoir)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One)
  • Vocation : Beauty : Model
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film)