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Mona Goya (1909–1961) was a Mexican-born French film actress who rose to fame in the 1930s.
Mona Goya, born Simone Isabelle Marchand, 25 November 1909 in Mexico City, probably debuted in film in Germaine Dulac’s late silent film Princesse Mandane (1928). In the same year she also acted in various other films, such as the period piece Madame Recamier by Gaston Ravel and had a small part in Marcel L’Herbier’s lavish production L’Argent, starring Marie Glory, Brigitte Helm and Pierre Alcover. Goya’s career really set off with the arrival of sound film around 1930. She played an upper-class woman who falls in love with a fisherman in the British film The Lady from the Sea (1930), She acted a.o. in the French version of Paul Fejos’ The Big House, Revolte en prison (1930) and in the Georges Biscot comedy Hardi les gars! (Maurice Champreux 1931). She acted oppositie Victor Boucher in La Banque Némo (Marguerite Viel 1934), while in the late 1930s she often acted opposite Fernandel in La porteuse de pain (Renée Sti 1934), François Ier (Christian Jaque 1937), Josette (Jaque 1937), Ernest le rebelle (Jaque 1938). In the immediate postwar years she was often paired with Bourvil (Pas si bête, 1946; Blanc comme neige, 1948), while in the 1950s she had supporting parts in films with Nicole Courcel (Gibier de potence, 1951; Les amants de Bras-Morts, 1951) and Brigitte Bardot (Le portrait de son père, 1953; Babette s’en va-t-en guerre, 1959). All in all Goya acted in some 80 films, mostly French productions. Between the mid-1940s and late 1950s, she also acted on stage. Mona Goya died of cancer on 8 October 1961, at Clichy-la-Garenne. For a while she was married to actor Fernand Fabre, but they divorced.
Sources: French and English Wikipedia, IMDB.