The French actress first appeared on stage, in Phèdre, in 1940. During World War II, she played in two notable films: Le Dernier des Six and Les Inconnus dans la Maison. She, however, also appeared in an openly anti-Semitic and anti-American film, in 1942: Les Corrupteurs. Following the war, she was regularly seen on screen opposite leading men such as Jean Gabin or Pierre Brasseur. In the 1950s she successfully became Caroline Chérie, an aristocratic seducer of the 19th century, adapted from Cecil Saint-Laurent's books. This role remains her most legendary and popular and, after marrying the director Christian Jacque, in 1954, she specialised in historical roles that mingled drama and sensuality such as Lucrèce Borgia, Nana, Madame Du Barry. She was therefore the leading sex-symbol of the 1950s. In 1955, she was chosen by Max Ophuls for his brilliant film, Lola Montès and the actress was finally recognised as a talented comedian. However, the 1960s saw her long and inexorable agony: the young Brigitte Bardot outshined the ageing beauty and the New Wave supplanted the traditional actress. She fell into in a spiral of medication, depression and extreme diets...In 1967, she was found dead in her hotel room in Monte-Carlo: suicide or heart attack? Mystery surrounded her death and Martine Carol's existence undeniably evokes Marylin Monroe's.