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Martine Carol (May 16, 1920February 6, 1967) was a French film actress.


Born Maryse Louise Mourer in Saint-Mandé, Val-de-Marne, France, she studied acting under René Simon (1898-1966), making her stage debut in 1940 and her first motion picture in 1943. One of the most beautiful women in film, she was frequently cast as an elegant blonde seductress. During the late 1940s and early 1950s she was the leading sex symbol and a top box office draw. One of her most famous roles was as the title character in Lola Montes (1955) directed by Max Ophüls.

Despite her fame and fortune, Martine Carol's personal life was filled with turmoil that included a suicide attempt, drug abuse. She was also kidnapped by gangster Pierre Loutrel (aka "Crazy Pete"), albeit briefly and received roses the next day as an apology.

She died of a heart attack in a Monte Carlo hotel room at the age of forty-six years.

Four weddings and two funerals

Martine Carol was married four times, to:

  1. Stephen Crane (Josef Stephen Crane, aka), American actor and restaurant manager, previously Lana Turner's husband. Married in 1948, divorced in 1953.
  2. Christian-Jaque, film director. Married in 1954, divorced in 1959.
  3. André Rouveix, a young doctor she met in Martinique. Married in 1959, divorced in 1962.
  4. Mike Eland, English businessman. Married in 1966, until her death.

She was initially buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery of Paris. But her grave was violated (some media reported that she had been interred with her jewels). Martine Carol was then buried in the Grand Jas Cemetery of Cannes (square n°3).

Partial filmography

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