Christian Marquand

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Christian Marquand (15 March 1927 – 22 November 2000) was a French director, actor and screenwriter working in French cinema. Born in Marseille, he was born to a Spanish father and an Arab mother, and his sister was film director Nadine Trintignant. [1] He was often cast as a heartthrob in French films of the 1950s.

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Career

His first film appearance was in Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bête in 1946. He was first noticed in Christian-Jaque's Lucrèce Borgia (1953) as Lucrezia's lover picked up in Roma streets during Carnival, he is the next day pursued about through a forest like a game at bay by Lucrezia (Martine Carol) and her brother Cesare (Pedro Armendáriz). In 1956 he was directed by Roger Vadim in Et Dieu créa la femme ( And God Created Woman ) opposite Brigitte Bardot.

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Marquand directed two pictures, the more famous of which was Candy (1968).

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Personal life

Marquand was married to French actress. Tina Aumont in the 1960s. He died near Paris of Alzheimer's disease, aged 73. He was a close friend of Marlon Brando, who named his son Christian after him, as did French director Roger Vadim. [2]

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Selected filmography

La demoiselle et son revenant is a 1952 French film directed by Marc Allégret and written by Roger Vadim.

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Notes

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2000/dec/02/guardianobituaries1
  2. p. 229 Ellis, Chris & Ellis, Julie The Mammoth Book of Celebrity Murder: Murder Played Out in the Spotlight of Maximum Publicity Berghahn Books, 2005

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