Saturday, December 13, 2008

Jean Marais

Jean Marais (1913-1998) was a famous French star of stage and screen.

He was expelled from school after dressing as a girl and flirting with a male teacher.

He then worked as a newspaper boy, photographer, and artist.

In 1933, director Marcel L'Herbier took an interest in Marais's art and offered him a part in a film.


In 1937, 24 year-old Jean Marais met 48 year-old Jean Cocteau.

Cocteau and Marais fell in love with each other.

Cocteau gave Marais a part in his play Oedipus Rex.

Marais and Cocteau became partners. Cocteau wrote the film 'The Eternal Return' (1943) and Marais starred in it.


In 1946, Marais appeared in the film 'Beauty and the Beast', directed by Cocteau.

Marais became a pin-up for teenage girls in the USA and elsewhere.

Marais' last screen role was in 1996, in Bernardo Bertolucci's 'Stealing Beauty'

He was awarded the Legion of Honor.

He was survived by his adopted son, Serge Marais.



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