Cluro V. Claire Josephe Hippolyte Leyris De Latnde, a French actress, born in Flanders in 1723, died in Paris, Jan. 18, 1803. She was not 13 years old when she appeared with great success at a Parisian theatre. She afterward became an opera singer, and finally was admitted in 1743 to the Theatre Francais, where she first played the part of Phedre. She greatly contributed to the success of several of Voltaire's tragedies; she paid a visit to the old poet at Ferney, and performed in his private theatre. Having declined to play in the Siege de Calais with a comedian guilty of an act of dishonesty, she was thrown into prison; and sufficient amends for such treatment having been denied her, she refused to reappear on the stage. She was then but 42 years of age, and her talent had reached its zenith. Her coquetry gave occasion for the publication of a scandalous pamphlet called Histoire de Fretil-lon. When 50 years old she became the favorite of the margrave of Anspach, at whose court she resided for nearly 18 years. In 1791, on being supplanted by Lady Craven, she returned to Paris, and published there in 1799 her Memoires, which derive interest from their remarks on dramatic art.
She died poor.