Louise Leveque de Vilmorin

Louise Leveque de Vilmorin (1902-1969) was a French woman of letters: novelist, poet, journalist.

Scion of a great French seed company fortune and afflicted with a slight limp that became a personal trademark, Vilmorin was best known as a writer of delicate but mordant tales, often set in aristocratic and/or artistic milieus. Her most famous novel was "Madame de", published in 1951, which was made into a celebrated film in 1953 starring Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux and directed by Vittorio de Sica. Vilmorin's other works included "Juliette," "La lettre dans un taxi," "Les belles amours," "Saintes-Une fois," and "Intimités."

Her letters to Jean Cocteau were published to acclaim, after the deaths of both correspondents.

Vilmorin's first husband was an American real-estate heir, Henry Leigh Hunt. They married in 1925, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where Hunt's family owned extensive properties, and divorced in 1937. They had three daughters: Jessie, Alexandra, and Helena.

Her second husband was Count Paul Pálffy ab Erdöd, a much-married Austrian-born Slovakian playboy. They married in 1938 and soon divorced.

For a number of years, Vilmorin was the mistress of Duff Cooper, the British ambassador to France. As a young woman, in 1923, she was engaged to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. She ended her life as the companion of André Malraux.


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She ended her life as the companion of André Malraux. Susannah's son, Orlando Wells, stars in the Channel 4 teen drama, As If. As a young woman, in 1923, she was engaged to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. In the 1970s she wrote two children's fantasy novels, In Search of Unicorns (1973), revised (1984) and Lark's Castle (1976), revised (1986). For a number of years, Vilmorin was the mistress of Duff Cooper, the British ambassador to France. Her writing career is less well-known. They married in 1938 and soon divorced. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969).

Her second husband was Count Paul Pálffy ab Erdöd, a much-married Austrian-born Slovakian playboy. In 1960 she made her first movie, Tunes of Glory, costarring with Alec Guinness and John Mills. They had three daughters: Jessie, Alexandra, and Helena. She studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. They married in 1925, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where Hunt's family owned extensive properties, and divorced in 1937. Susannah York (born January 9, 1941) is a British actress. Vilmorin's first husband was an American real-estate heir, Henry Leigh Hunt.

Her letters to Jean Cocteau were published to acclaim, after the deaths of both correspondents. Vilmorin's other works included "Juliette," "La lettre dans un taxi," "Les belles amours," "Saintes-Une fois," and "Intimités.". Her most famous novel was "Madame de", published in 1951, which was made into a celebrated film in 1953 starring Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux and directed by Vittorio de Sica. Scion of a great French seed company fortune and afflicted with a slight limp that became a personal trademark, Vilmorin was best known as a writer of delicate but mordant tales, often set in aristocratic and/or artistic milieus.

Louise Leveque de Vilmorin (1902-1969) was a French woman of letters: novelist, poet, journalist.

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