Melingue's wife, Theodorine Thiesset (1813-1886), was the actress selected by Victor Hugo to create the part of Guanhumara in Burgraves at the Comedie Frangaise, where she remained ten years.
His most important works are: Histoire du theatre en France, including Les Mysteres (2 vols., 1880); Les Comediens en France au moyen age (1885); La Comedie et les me urs en France au moyen age (1886); Repertoire du theatre comique en France au moyen age (1886); and Le Theatre en France, histoire de la litterature dramatique depuis ses origines jusqu'a nos jours (1889).
Legrand, Daos: tableau de la comedie grecque pendant la pe'riode dite nouvelle (1910).
The performance was the occasion of a split among the actors of the Comedie Frangaise, and the new theatre in the Palais Royal, established by the dissidents, was inaugurated with Henri VIII (1791), generally recognized as Chenier's masterpiece; Jean Calas, ou l'ecole des juges followed in the same year.
Denis, La Comedie grecque (1886), ii.
She made her debut at the Comedie Frangaise in 1699, in La Grange Chancel's Oreste et Pylade, and was at once received as societaire.
Her brother, the actor Nicolas Desmares (c. 1650-1714), began as a member of a subsidized company at Copenhagen, but by her influence he came to Paris and was received in 1685 sans debut - the first time such an honour had been accorded - at the Comedie Frangaise, where he became famous for peasant parts.
Phedre was the climax of her triumphs, and when she and her husband deserted the Hotel de Bourgogne (see Bejart ad fin.), it was selected to open the Comedie Frangaise on the 26th of August 1680.