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Martine Carol (1920 - 1967)

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.

Tags / Martine Carol - 1950s - Cinematic Women - Muses - French Actress - Sex Symbol - History
Sam Levin, Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Sam Levin, Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Studio Harcourt, Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Studio Harcourt, Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Portrait of Martine Carol for Caroline Cherie directed by Richard Pottier, 1951
Portrait of Martine Carol for Caroline Cherie directed by Richard Pottier, 1951
Portrait of Martine Carol for Caroline Cherie directed by Richard Pottier, 1951
Portrait of Martine Carol for Caroline Cherie directed by Richard Pottier, 1951
Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Portrait of Martine Carol for Lucrece Borgia directed by Christian-jaque, 1953
Portrait of Martine Carol for Lucrece Borgia directed by Christian-jaque, 1953
Portrait of Martine Carol for Madame du Barry directed by Christian-jaque, 1954
Portrait of Martine Carol for Madame du Barry directed by Christian-jaque, 1954
Martine Carol in Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Martine Carol in Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Portrait of Martine Carol for Caroline Cherie directed by Richard Pottier, 1951
Portrait of Martine Carol for Caroline Cherie directed by Richard Pottier, 1951
Portrait of Martine Carol for La Spiaggia directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1954
Portrait of Martine Carol for La Spiaggia directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1954
Portrait of Martine Carol for Le Désir et L'Amour directed by Henri Decoin, 1951
Portrait of Martine Carol for Le Désir et L'Amour directed by Henri Decoin, 1951
Yves Manciet, Portrait of Martine Carol and Yves Montand, Cannes, 1946
Yves Manciet, Portrait of Martine Carol and Yves Montand, Cannes, 1946
Martine Carol and Peter Ustinov in Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Martine Carol and Peter Ustinov in Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Martine Carol and Will Quadflieg in Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Martine Carol and Will Quadflieg in Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Martine Carol in Nana directed by Christian-jaque, 1955
Martine Carol in Nana directed by Christian-jaque, 1955
Charles Boyer and Martine Carol in Nana directed by Christian-jaque, 1955
Charles Boyer and Martine Carol in Nana directed by Christian-jaque, 1955
Martine Carol and Peter Ustinov in Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Martine Carol and Peter Ustinov in Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Lucienne Chevert,  Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Lucienne Chevert, Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Martine Carol and Sean Connery in Au bord du Volcan directed by Terence Young, 1957
Martine Carol and Sean Connery in Au bord du Volcan directed by Terence Young, 1957
Martine Carol in Nathalie, agent secret  directed by Henri Decoin, 1959
Martine Carol in Nathalie, agent secret directed by Henri Decoin, 1959
Martine Carol in Caroline Cherie directed by Richard Pottier, 1951
Martine Carol in Caroline Cherie directed by Richard Pottier, 1951
Martine Carol in Caroline Cherie directed by Richard Pottier, 1951
Martine Carol in Caroline Cherie directed by Richard Pottier, 1951
Martine Carol in Caroline Cherie directed by Richard Pottier, 1951
Martine Carol in Caroline Cherie directed by Richard Pottier, 1951
Martine Carol in Caroline Cherie directed by Richard Pottier, 1951
Martine Carol in Caroline Cherie directed by Richard Pottier, 1951
Bernard Blier and Martine Carol in Le Cave se Rebiffe directed by Gilles Grangier, 1961
Bernard Blier and Martine Carol in Le Cave se Rebiffe directed by Gilles Grangier, 1961
Martine Carol and Jean Gabin in Le Cave se Rebiffe directed by Gilles Grangier, 1961
Martine Carol and Jean Gabin in Le Cave se Rebiffe directed by Gilles Grangier, 1961
Martine Carol and Antonio Vilar in Le Désir et L'Amour directed by Henri Decoin, 1951
Martine Carol and Antonio Vilar in Le Désir et L'Amour directed by Henri Decoin, 1951
Martine Carol in Le Désir et L'Amour directed by Henri Decoin, 1951
Martine Carol in Le Désir et L'Amour directed by Henri Decoin, 1951
Martine Carol in Le Désir et L'Amour directed by Henri Decoin, 1951
Martine Carol in Le Désir et L'Amour directed by Henri Decoin, 1951
Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Portrait of Martine Carol for Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Portrait of Martine Carol for Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Peter Ustinov and Martine Carol in Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Peter Ustinov and Martine Carol in Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Martine Carol in Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Martine Carol in Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Martine Carol in Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Martine Carol in Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Portrait of Martine Carol for Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Portrait of Martine Carol for Lola Montes directed by Max Ophuls, 1955
Martine Carol in Lucrece Borgia directed by Christian-jaque, 1953
Martine Carol in Lucrece Borgia directed by Christian-jaque, 1953
Martine Carol in Lucrece Borgia directed by Christian-jaque, 1953
Martine Carol in Lucrece Borgia directed by Christian-jaque, 1953
Martine Carol in Lucrece Borgia directed by Christian-jaque, 1953
Martine Carol in Lucrece Borgia directed by Christian-jaque, 1953
Portrait of Martine Carol for Madame du Barry directed by Christian-jaque, 1954
Portrait of Martine Carol for Madame du Barry directed by Christian-jaque, 1954
Martine Carol in Madame du Barry directed by Christian-jaque, 1954
Martine Carol in Madame du Barry directed by Christian-jaque, 1954
Martine Carol in Nana directed by ChristianJaque, 1955
Martine Carol in Nana directed by ChristianJaque, 1955
Martine Carol in Nana directed by ChristianJaque, 1955
Martine Carol in Nana directed by ChristianJaque, 1955
Martine Carol in Nana directed by ChristianJaque, 1955
Martine Carol in Nana directed by ChristianJaque, 1955
Martine Carol in Nana directed by ChristianJaque, 1955
Martine Carol in Nana directed by ChristianJaque, 1955
Sam Levin, Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Sam Levin, Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Martine Carol in Une Nuit de Noces directed by René Jayet, 1951
Martine Carol in Une Nuit de Noces directed by René Jayet, 1951
Martine Carol in Une Nuit de Noces directed by René Jayet, 1951
Martine Carol in Une Nuit de Noces directed by René Jayet, 1951
Martine Carol in Nana directed by Christian-Jaque, 1955
Martine Carol in Nana directed by Christian-Jaque, 1955
Martine Carol and Raymond Rouleau  in Mefiez vous des blondes directed by André Hunebelle, 1950
Martine Carol and Raymond Rouleau in Mefiez vous des blondes directed by André Hunebelle, 1950
Martine Carol and Raymond Rouleau  in Mefiez vous des blondes directed by André Hunebelle, 1950
Martine Carol and Raymond Rouleau in Mefiez vous des blondes directed by André Hunebelle, 1950
Martine Carol in Nana directed by Christian-Jaque, 1955
Martine Carol in Nana directed by Christian-Jaque, 1955
Martine Carol in Nana directed by Christian-Jaque, 1955
Martine Carol in Nana directed by Christian-Jaque, 1955
Martine Carol in Nana directed by Christian-Jaque, 1955
Martine Carol in Nana directed by Christian-Jaque, 1955
Martine Carol  in Nathalie, agent secret  directed by Henri Decoin, 1959
Martine Carol in Nathalie, agent secret directed by Henri Decoin, 1959
Martine Carol and Philippe Clay in Nathalie, agent secret  directed by Henri Decoin, 1959
Martine Carol and Philippe Clay in Nathalie, agent secret directed by Henri Decoin, 1959
Martine Carol and Director Roberto Rosselini in Vanina Vanini  , 1961
Martine Carol and Director Roberto Rosselini in Vanina Vanini , 1961
Martine Carol  in Je n'aime que toi  directed by Pierre Montazel, 1949
Martine Carol in Je n'aime que toi directed by Pierre Montazel, 1949
Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
Portrait of Martine Carol, 1950's
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