Paula Iliescu Gibson (18 December, 1909 – 19 October, 1993) professionally known as Pola Illery , was a Romanian-born French actress and singer. She appeared in silent film and talkie films, and was best known of her portrayal of vamps.


Born in Corabia, Romania as Paula Iliescu , she changed her name to "Pola" in tribute to the Polish-born actress Pola Negri. [6] Illéry appeared in a few French films in the 1920s and 1930s. She made her movie debut as the lead in René Clair's musical comedy Under the Roofs of Paris (1930). She also played the lead in Parada Paramount , the Romanian-language version of Paramount on Parade (1930), which was made in Paris by Paramount Pictures. She is believed to have made her last film appearance's in 1938.

Illéry married American Air Corps Major Charles Grenier during World War II and moved to the United States with him. The marriage only lasted a few months before he was killed in an accident. She worked for the Red Cross as a nurse during the war and became an American citizen in 1946. She later married Jim Gibson and the couple moved to Palos Verdes, California, where Illéry lived for the rest of her life.

In 2012, a false obituary [4] [5] [2] ​ was published in The Daily Telegraph in London, she had according to most sources died in 1993. [6]

Selected filmography [5]