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Fantine
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Biographical information
Gender

Female

Eye Color

Blue (novel)
Brown (2012 film)

Hair color

Blonde (novel)
Brunette (2012 film)

Born

1797

Died

December 1823 (aged 28)

Cause of Death

Tuberculosis/Shock/Pnemonia

Family

Cosette (daughter)

Relationships

Félix Tholomyès (lover)

Job

Factory worker (formerly)
Prostitute

Behind the scenes
Portrayer

Caissie Levy
Florelle
Rose Laurens
Patti LuPone
Randy Graff
Louise Pitre
Ruthie Henshall
Kerry Ellis
Lea Salonga
Judy Kuhn
Caroline Sheen
Sierra Boggess
Celinde Schoenmaker
Na-Young Jeon
Uma Thurman
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Anne Hathaway

Fantine is the tritagonist in the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. She is a grisette (a young working-class French woman) who is the mother of Cosette.

NovelEdit

Fantine at Javert's feet

Fantine, at Javert's feet, as she appears in the novel

Fantine is abandoned by her lover, Félix Tholomyès when she is twenty. Subsequently unable to take care of her daughter Cosette, Fantine leaves her in the care of the Thénardiers, who are innkeepers in a village called Montfermeil. Unfortunately, Madame Thénardier spoils her own daughters, Éponine and Azelma, and abuses Cosette. Fantine finds work at Monsieur Madeleine's factory, and, being illiterate aside from being able to write her name, has other people write her letters to the Thénardiers. A female supervisor who discovers that she has an illigetimate child fires her. To meet repeated demands for money from the Thénardiers, she sells her hair, then her two front teeth, and is finally forced to become a prostitute. Over time, she becomes fatally ill with tuberculosis. Valjean learns of her situation when Inspector Javert arrests her for attacking a man who called her insulting names and threw snow down her back, and sends her to a hospital. As
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Anne Hathaway's Fantine in the 2012 movie

Javert confronts Valjean in her hospital room, because her illness has made her so weak, she dies of shock after Javert reveals that Valjean is really a prisoner and has not brought Cosette to her (after the doctor encouraged that incorrect belief that Valjean's recent absence was because he was bringing her daughter to her).

TriviaEdit

  • Polish form of her name is "Fantyna"
  • So Far, Laurie Beechman is the only musical portrayer of Fantine to pass away.

MusicalEdit

SongsEdit

Act IEdit

Act IIEdit

List of PortrayersEdit

MusicalEdit

  • Rose Laurens – Original French Concept Album, Original Paris stage cast
  • Patti LuPone – Original London cast
  • Randy Graff – Original Broadway cast
  • Debra Bryne – Original Australian cast, Complete Symphonic Recording
  • Katarzyna Chałasińska, Anna Dauksza, Elżbieta Rakowska – 1989-2000, Musical Theatre in Gdynia
  • Hiromi Iwasaki, Yumiko Ishitomi – Original Japanese cast
  • Natalie Kwak – 1987 Glasgow cast
  • Maureen Moore, Rebecca Storm - 1988 West End production
  • Susan Gilmour – 1988 1st USA tour
  • Elinore O' Connel – 1988 2nd USA Tour
  • Susan Dawn Carson – 1989 Broadway production
  • Christine Rothacker – 1989 Vienna-Austria tour
  • Sona MacDonald – 1989 Vienna tour
  • Anna Jun – 1989-91 Japanese tour
  • Laurie Beechman* - 1990 Broadway Cast
  • Erin Freel – 1990 Fredericton cast
  • Pia Douwes – 1991 Dutch Cast
  • Louise Pitre – Original Canadian cast, 1991 Paris revival
  • Ria Jones – 1992 Manchester Highlights
  • Ruthie Henshall – 1992-1993 West End Production, 1995: 10th Anniversary concert
  • Paige O'Hara – 1992 Broadway Cast
  • Claire Moore – 1993 West End production
  • Kim Jeung Sook (Yoon Bok Hui) - 1993 Korean Highlights
  • Melba Moore – 1993 Broadway
  • Lindsey Danvers – 1994 West End production
  • Debbie Gravitte- 1994 Broadway
  • Yuko Ema - 1994 Japanese Red Cast
  • Hiromi Itoh - Original Japanese Cast and 1994 Japanese Blue Cast
  • Jane Bodle, Lisa Caps – 1995 Broadway
  • Catherine Hickland – 1996 Broadway
  • Susie McMonagle – 1996 Broadway production
  • Grania Renihan - 1996-1997 West End Production
  • Silvie Paladino – 1997-1998 West End production
  • Rosa Jeddler – 1997 Florida cast
  • Donna Kane – 1997 Broadway
  • Honoka Suzuki – 1997-2001 Japanese Tour
  • Dianne Pilkington – 1998 West End production
  • Tristanne Lambrou – 1998 Dover tour
  • Cornelia Luna – 1998 Toronto, 2013 Toronto cast (u/s in 2013)
  • Coralie Legrand – 1998 Québec cast
  • Juliet Lambert – 1999 Broadway
  • Alice Ripley – 1998 Broadway production
  • Gunilla Blackman – 1998-1999 West End Production
  • Stephanie Tschöppe – 1999 Antwerp tour
  • Carmen Cusack – 1999 Dublin tour and  2002 san fransico tour and 2002, 2003 west end production
  • Rachel York – 2000 Broadway
  • Elena Roger – 2000 Argentina, Bueno Aires Spain Tour
  • Jacquelyn Piro Donovan – 2001 Broadway
  • Julie James – 2001 Malta Tour
  • Pia Aun – 2002 Commissioning Mexican scene
  • Lauren Kennedy – 2002 West End Production
  • Florence Lacey – 2002 Broadway production
  • Rumi Iryo - 2003 Japanese Violet Cast and 2003-2006 Japanese Tour
  • MARCIA - 2003 Japanese Light Blue Cast and 2003-2006 Japanese Tour
  • Yumiko Takahashi - 2003 Japanese Green and Orange Cast and 2003-2004 Japanese Tour
  • Jayne Paterson – 2003 Final Broadway cast
  • Joanna Ampil – 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2007-2008 West End Production
  • Rebecca Thornhill – 2004 Copenhagen and Powderham Castle tour
  • Kerry Ellis – 2005-2006 West End Production
  • Sylvia Grab - 2005 - 2009 Japanese tour
  • Daphne Rubin-Vega, Lea Salonga and Judy Kuhn – 2006 Broadway revival
  • Nagisa Aki - 2007 Japanese tour
  • Sophia Ragavelas – 2006-2007 West End Production 
  • Eriko Imai, Naoko Yamazaki -2007-2009 Japanese tour
  • Nikki Renee Daniels - 2008 West End production
  • Genevieve Charest - 2009 Quebec tour
  • Natalie Day - 2010 West End production
  • Lea Salonga – 25th Anniversary Concert at O2
  • Allyson Brown – 2008-2009 West End Production
  • Nurlaila Karim -2008-2009 Dutch revival cast
  • Emma Giroux, Molly McIlwraith– 2008 Vancouver youth production
  • Jessica Chesbro - 2008 Witchita Tour
  • Melora Hardin - 2008 Hollywood Bowl
  • Rebecca Seale – 2009-2011 West End Production
  • Stephanie Lengyell – 2009 St. John's cast
  • Madalena Alberto – 2009-2010 25th Anniversary UK Tour
  • Betsy Morgan – 2010-2012 25th Anniversary US Tour
  • Virginia Carmona – 2010-2011 (Madrid). 2011-2012 (Barcelona).
  • Edyta Krzemień - 2010-2011 Roma Theater in Warsaw
  • Seiko Niizuma - 2011 Japanese tour
  • Simona Di Stefano - 2012 Bologna tour
  • Genevieve Leclerc – Current in 25th Anniversary US Tour
  • Amanda Jane Callaghan - 2012 West End production
  • Caroline Sheen – 2011-2012 West End Production
  • Sierra Boggess –  2012-2013 West End Production
  • Rina Chinen, Miou Kazune, Anna Sato –  25th anniversary Japanese tour
  • Elena Medina – 25th anniversary Spain tour
  • Charlotte Maltby – St Louis Muny's Production
  • Celinde Schoenmaker – 2013, 2014-2015 West End Production (Current)
  • Na-Young Jeon  – 2013-2014 West End Production
  • Genevieve LeClerc  – 2013 Toronto cast
  • Cho Jung Eun – 2013 South Korean 25 Anniversary tour
  • Patrice Tipoki – 2013 Original Australian Production
  • Caissie Levy – 2014 Broadway production
  • Alaina Thomas – Lawrence Park CI's 2014 school edition

MoviesEdit

  • Mary Maurice – 1909 film
  • Maria Ventura – 1913 films
  • Gretchen Hartman – 1917 film (credited as Sonia Markova)
  • Sandra Milovanoff – 1925 film
  • Florelle – 1934 film
  • Florence Eldridge – 1935 film
  • Valentina Cortese – 1948 film
  • Sylvia Sidney – 1952 film
  • Danièle Delorme – 1958 film
  • Giulia Lazzarini – 1964 mini-series
  • Michele Dotrice – 1967 mini-series
  • Anne-Marie Coffinet – 1972 mini-series
  • Blanca Sánchez – 1973 series
  • Angela Pleasence – 1978 film
  • Évelyne Bouix – 1982 film/1985 mini-series
  • Uma Thurman – 1998 film
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg – 2000 mini-series
  • Emiko Hagiwara – Shōjo Cosette anime 2007
  • Anne Hathaway – 2012 film

External LinksEdit

GalleryEdit

MusicalEdit

2012 MovieEdit

1998 MovieEdit

Start a Discussion Discussions about Fantine

  • Fantine

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    • How old was Cosette when Fantine died? If Fantine was 27, then Cosette must have been very young when her mom died.
    • Well, not exactly very young. Cosette was seven or eight years old when Fantine died. 

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