in 1931, Germaine Lefebvre was born in Toulon, France. at 17, while riding in a carriage in Paris, she was noticed by a commercial photographer and soon became a successful fashion model, adopting the name Capucine (pronounced ca-poo-seen), and working for Givenchy and Christian Dior.
In 1949, Capucine made her film debut in Rendez-vous de Juillet. on the set of Rendez-vous, she met Pierre Trabaud, whom she married the following year. the marriage lasted only six months, and she would never marry again. Capucine made numerous films during her career as an actress and continued to act until her death in 1991.
suffering from manic depression throughout her life, Capucine attempted suicide several times. her close friend Audrey Hepburn, whom she met while modelling in the 40s, personally saved her from two previous suicide attempts, but in 1990, at the age of 59, Capucine jumped to her death from her eighth-floor apartment window. the obituary in the New York Times stated that her only known survivors were her three cats.