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Bernice Claire (Bernice Jahnigen)

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Biography

Oakland, California, USA
As a singer of light opera, Bernice Claire could be called the trailblazer for Jeanette MacDonald. In the year 1930, Claire and Alexander Gray were "the" operetta duo of talking pictures.

Born Bernice Janighen in Oakland, California, Bernice was favorably influenced by her distinguished Castlemont High Schoolteacher, Alice Eggers. Claire's publicist would later fabricate a teacher-student relationship between Claire and opera great Maria Jeritza. She possessed a remarkably clear and pure coloratura voice and had no difficulty singing demanding roles such as Victor Herbert's "Mlle Modiste," in which she starred a revival. Read more...

Actor

Character: Betty Braley

Spring Is Here 1930

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Character: Aniuta, The Flame

The Song of the Flame 1930

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Character: Mlle. Fifi

Kiss Me Again 1931

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Character: Margot Fontaine

The Red Shadow 1932

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