André Roosevelt

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André Roosevelt
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Medal record
Men's rugby union
Representing  France
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1900 Paris Team competition

Cornelius Louis André Roosevelt (April 24, 1879 – July 21, 1962) was a French-born American filmmaker and resort hotel manager of American origin.[1]

He was born in Paris to Cornelius Roosevelt (1847–1902), a cousin of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, who married a French actress Anna, and was baptized at the American Cathedral, Paris.[2] He won a gold medal in rugby union at the 1900 Summer Olympics with the French team.[3]

He married first Adelheid Lange in 1905, then after a divorce, Alice La Fontant in Haiti. Roosevelt was an adventurer, traveling to Bali in 1924, attempting to develop the tourist market but at the same time preserve Bali's cultural integrity.[4] He envisioned making Bali a national or international park with laws to regulate it as such. In 1928 and 1929, he and Armand Denis shot Goona-Goona, An Authentic Melodrama (also called The Kris) with assistance from Walter Spies. It was released in the United States in 1930 and started an American craze for Bali.[4] He was also known for his 1938 film Beyond the Caribbean. He died in July 1962 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.


  1. ^ David Karel Dictionnaire des artistes de langue française en Amérique du Nord: … 1992- Page 460 " … lui avait présenté Francis Picabia*. Elle aurait rencontré son mari, André Roosevelt (fils d'un cousin ..."
  2. ^ Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal -Theodore Roosevelt Association – 1990 Volumes 16-18 – Page 58 "ANDRE' ROOSEVELT (Cornelius', Silas Weir7, Cornelius Van Schaack6, James J.5), born in Paris 24 April 1879 as Cornelius Louis André Roosevelt, baptized at the American Cathedral there as child of Cornelius and Anna Roosevelt. "
  3. ^ Gjerde, Arild; Jeroen Heijmans; Bill Mallon; Hilary Evans (January 2014). "André Roosevelt Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics. Sports Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  4. ^ a b Chin, Michelle (2001). "Bali in Film". Bali Echo. 

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