Sacha Guitry Poster

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Wrote his first play at age 17. His older brother Jean Guitry (1884-1920) was instrumental of having that play "Le Page" created on 15 Avril 1902, at Paris, Théâtre des Mathurins. Sacha was 17 and Jean 18.

Directed his first film at 30.

Buried in the cemetery of Montmatre in Paris, France.


On a day in 1918, while Paris was besieged by Germans, the first wife of Guitry, Charlotte Lysès, came home telling her husband she had gone to mass in the church of Saint-Gervais, but he knew that this church had been destroyed about two hours before by a shot of the Grosse Bertha, the gigantic German gun. That's why they divorced the same year.

He wrote over 120 plays in his lifetime.

He was married five times, all to actresses who co-starred in either his plays or films.

Son of Lucien Guitry.

A press photographer was taking a picture of him and asked him to be "natural and spontaneous." "My dear sir," Guitry answered, "WE are good enough actors to pose in a perfectly natural and spontaneous way!".

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 427-433. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

The first theatrical caricature Al Hirschfeld had published was of Guitry.

Was one of the role models, along with Jules Berry, for the title character portrayed by Philippe Noiret in The King of Paris (1995).

His godfather was czar Alexander III, who liked Lucien as an actor thus his first name Alexandre of which Sacha is a diminutive.