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. Billingsley currently resides in Los Angeles, California and remains active in theater. As a young woman, in 1923, she was engaged to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. In 2002, he was a guest star in an episode of Stargate SG-1, playing a scientist who is also a Trekkie, "worship[ping] at the altar of Roddenberry". For a number of years, Vilmorin was the mistress of Duff Cooper, the British ambassador to France. Miles Ballard in the short-lived television series The Others and then as the eccentric alien Doctor Phlox in the fifth Star Trek series, Star Trek: Enterprise. They married in 1938 and soon divorced. He was cast in the role of Prof.

Her second husband was Count Paul Pálffy ab Erdöd, a much-married Austrian-born Slovakian playboy. In the early 1990s, Billingsley began to appear in minor roles on television and film, and starred in the independent film Breathing Hard (2000). They had three daughters: Jessie, Alexandra, and Helena. In Seattle, Billingsley helped found Book-It, a theatre company specializing in stage adaptations, and Freehold, an acting studio. They married in 1925, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where Hunt's family owned extensive properties, and divorced in 1937. He studied theatre at Bennington College in Vermont before moving to Seattle, Washington. Vilmorin's first husband was an American real-estate heir, Henry Leigh Hunt. Billingsley was born in Media, Pennsylvania and raised in Connecticut.

Her letters to Jean Cocteau were published to acclaim, after the deaths of both correspondents. John Billingsley (born May 20, 1960) is an American actor, most famous in the role of Doctor Phlox on the television series Star Trek: Enterprise. 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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