Jean-Pierre Aumont

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Jean-Pierre Aumont
Jean-Pierre Aumont 1959.JPG
in 1959.
BornJean-Pierre Philippe Salomons
(1911-01-05)5 January 1911
Paris, France
Died30 January 2001(2001-01-30) (aged 90)
Gassin, France
Years active1931–1996
Spouse(s)Blanche Montel (1938–1940; divorced)
Maria Montez (1943–1951; her death; 1 child)
Marisa Pavan (1956–2001; his death; 2 children)
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Jean-Pierre Aumont
Jean-Pierre Aumont 1959.JPG
in 1959.
BornJean-Pierre Philippe Salomons
(1911-01-05)5 January 1911
Paris, France
Died30 January 2001(2001-01-30) (aged 90)
Gassin, France
Years active1931–1996
Spouse(s)Blanche Montel (1938–1940; divorced)
Maria Montez (1943–1951; her death; 1 child)
Marisa Pavan (1956–2001; his death; 2 children)

Jean-Pierre Aumont (5 January 1911 – 30 January 2001) was a French actor, and holder of the Legion d'Honneur and the Croix de Guerre for his World War II military service.

Early life[edit]

Aumont was born Jean-Pierre Philippe Salomons in Paris, the son of Suzanne (née Cahen; 1885–1940), an actress, and Alexandre Salomons, owner of La Maison du Blanc (a linen department store). His mother's uncle was well-known stage actor George Berr (died 1942).[1] His father was from a Dutch Jewish family; his mother's family were French Jews. Aumont's younger brother was the noted French film director François Villiers. Aumont began studying drama at the Paris Conservatory at age 16; his mother had also studied there. His professional stage debut occurred at the age of 21. His film debut came one year later, when Jean de la Lune (Jean of the Moon) was produced in 1931.


However, his most important, career-defining role came in 1934, when Jean Cocteau's play, La Machine infernale (The Infernal Machine), was staged. While his film and stage career began rising quickly, World War II broke out. Aumont remained in France until 1942, when he realized that as a Jew he would have to flee the Nazis. He migrated from the unoccupied zone of France Vichy, to New York City, then to Hollywood to pursue his film career. He began working with MGM; however, after finishing The Cross of Lorraine, he joined the Free French Forces. He was sent to North Africa, where he participated in Operation Torch in Tunisia. He moved with the Allied armies through Italy and France. During the war, he was wounded twice. The first was on a mission with his brother; the second was more serious. Aumont's Jeep was blown up near a land-mined bridge. General Diego Brosset, commander of the 1st Free French Division, to whom Aumont was aide de camp, was killed.[2] For his bravery during the fighting, Aumont received the Legion d'Honneur and the Croix de Guerre.[3]

After the war, Aumont quickly resumed his movie career, starring opposite Ginger Rogers in Heartbeat (1946), and as the magician in the classic film Lili (1953) with Leslie Caron, among many other roles. He worked with a number of prominent directors and stars, including his (then) wife Maria Montez. In the mid-1950s, Aumont began working in the new medium of television, appearing on several anthology programs, such as "Robert Montgomery Presents" and as a guest on the show What's My Line?. In the 1960s and 1970s, he appeared in various theater productions, including the musicals Tovarich with Vivien Leigh, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, South Pacific, and (with his wife, Marisa Pavan), Gigi.

One of his last acting performances was in A Tale of Two Cities (1989). Two years later, in 1991, aged 80, he received an honorary César Award as well as being decorated with the cross of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Pavan and Aumont in 1965.

Aumont was married four times to three women. His first wife was French actress Blanche Montel, to whom he was married for two years (1938-1940), ultimately divorcing. While in Hollywood, Aumont married Maria Montez, a Dominican actress. She was known as the Queen of Technicolor, and their marriage was very happy. However, Montez drowned on 7 September 1951 after suffering an apparent heart attack at the family's Suresnes villa. Montez and Aumont had one child, a daughter, Tina (1946 – 2006).

In 1956, Aumont married Italian actress Marisa Pavan. The couple starred in one film together, John Paul Jones (1959), in which Pavan played the romantic interest of the lead, while Aumont appears as King Louis XVI. They divorced, but later remarried and remained together until his death at age 90 in 2001. Aumont and Pavan had two sons, Jean-Claude and Patrick.[5][6]


Jean-Pierre Aumont died in 2001 of a heart attack in Gassin, France, aged 90, and was cremated.

Selected filmography[edit]

1931Échec et matJacqueRoger Goupillières
1933Dans les ruesJacquesVictor Trivas
1937Bizarre, BizarreBillyMarcel Carné
1938Hôtel du NordPierreMarcel Carné
S.O.S. SaharaPaul MoutierJacques de Baroncelli
1943Assignment in BrittanyBertrand Corlay/Capt. Pierre Matard (as Pierre Aumont)Jack Conway
1943The Cross of LorrainePaul Dupré (as Jean Pierre Aumont)Tay Garnett
1946HeartbeatPierre de Roche (as Jean Pierre Aumont)Sam Wood
1947Song of ScheherazadeNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovWalter Reisch
1948Affairs of a RoguePrince LeopoldAlberto Cavalcanti
1949Siren of AtlantisAndre St. AvitGregg G. Tallas
Golden ArrowAndre MarchandGordon Parry
1951La Vendetta del corsaroEnrico di RoccabrunaPrimo Zeglio
The Straw LoverStanislas MichodierGilles Grangier
1952Moineaux of ParisCésarinMaurice Cloche
Wolves Hunt at NightCyrilBernard Borderie
1953LiliMarc (as Jean Pierre Aumont)Charles Walters
1954Charge of the LancersCapt. Eric EvoirWilliam Castle
Royal Affairs in VersaillesCardinal de RohanSacha Guitry
1955NapoléonRégnault de Saint-Jean d'AngélySacha Guitry
1956Hilda CraneProf. Jacques De LislePhilip Dunne
1957The Seventh SinPaul DuvelleRonald Neame
1959John Paul JonesKing Louis XVI of FranceJohn Farrow
1961Le Puits aux trois véritésa spectator at the vernissageFrançois Villiers
The Blonde from Buenos Airesthe ActorGeorge Cahan
The Devil at 4 O'ClockJacques (as Jean Pierre Aumont)Mervyn LeRoy
1962The Seven Deadly Sinsthe husband (episode "L'Orgueuil")Roger Vadim (episode)
Five Miles to MidnightAlan StewartAnatole Litvak
1969Castle Keepthe Count of MaldoraisSydney Pollack
1973Day for NightAlexandreFrançois Truffaut
1974Two MissionariesMonsignor DelgadoFranco Rossi
1975The Happy HookerYves St JacquesNicholas Sgarro
Cat and MouseMonsieur RichardClaude Lelouch
MahoganyChristian RosettiBerry Gordy
1978Two SolitudesJean-Claude TallardLionel Chetwynd
1979Something Short of ParadiseJean-Fidel MilieuDavid Helpern
1980The Memory of Eva RykerInspector LaurierWalter Grauman
1982NanaCount MuffatDan Wolman
1984The Blood of OthersMonsieur BlomartClaude Chabrol
1986Sweet CountryMr. ArayaMichael Cacoyannis
1994GiorginoSebastienLaurent Boutonnat
1995Jefferson in ParisD'HancarvilleJames Ivory
1996The ProprietorFranz LegendreIsmail Merchant


  1. ^ Georges Berr (died 1942) at the Wayback Machine (archived October 27, 2009)
  2. ^ fr:Diego Brosset
  3. ^ Profile at
  4. ^ fr:Catégorie:Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres
  5. ^ H. Kristina Haugland (2006). Grace Kelly: Icon of Style to Royal Bride. Yale University Press. p. 966. ISBN 978-0-300-11644-1. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Time Inc (30 May 1955). LIFE. Time Inc. pp. 15–. ISSN 0024-3019. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 

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