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. She died from a kidney ailment. As a young woman, in 1923, she was engaged to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. She was married to the English film director Sir Carol Reed (1943-1947). For a number of years, Vilmorin was the mistress of Duff Cooper, the British ambassador to France. She appeared in such other films as Gaslight, Tom Brown's Schooldays and Island in the Sun. They married in 1938 and soon divorced. She was nominated that same year for the Academy Award for Best Actress for Cavalcade.

Her second husband was Count Paul Pálffy ab Erdöd, a much-married Austrian-born Slovakian playboy. Born Dorothy Isobel Cox in London, she was a successful stage actress who debuted in film in Rasputin and the Empress in 1932. They had three daughters: Jessie, Alexandra, and Helena. Diana Wynyard (January 16, 1906 - May 13, 1964) was a British actress. They married in 1925, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where Hunt's family owned extensive properties, and divorced in 1937. 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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