Roger Vadim

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Roger Vadim
Roger Vadim - still.jpg
c. 1970
BornRoger Vladimir Plemiannikov
(1928-01-26)26 January 1928
Paris, France
Died11 February 2000(2000-02-11) (aged 72)
Paris, France
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1950–1997
Spouse(s)Brigitte Bardot (1952–1957)
Annette Strøyberg (1958–1960)
Jane Fonda (1965–1973)
Catherine Schneider (1975–1977)
Marie-Christine Barrault (1990–2000)
Partner(s)Catherine Deneuve (1961-1963)
Ann Biderman (1980-1986)
ChildrenNathalie Vadim
Christian Vadim
Vanessa Vadim
Vania Vadim
 
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Roger Vadim
Roger Vadim - still.jpg
c. 1970
BornRoger Vladimir Plemiannikov
(1928-01-26)26 January 1928
Paris, France
Died11 February 2000(2000-02-11) (aged 72)
Paris, France
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1950–1997
Spouse(s)Brigitte Bardot (1952–1957)
Annette Strøyberg (1958–1960)
Jane Fonda (1965–1973)
Catherine Schneider (1975–1977)
Marie-Christine Barrault (1990–2000)
Partner(s)Catherine Deneuve (1961-1963)
Ann Biderman (1980-1986)
ChildrenNathalie Vadim
Christian Vadim
Vanessa Vadim
Vania Vadim

Roger Vadim (26 January 1928 – 11 February 2000) was a French screenwriter, film director/and producer, as well as an author and actor. He is perhaps best known as the first husband of actress Jane Fonda,[1] and for directing her in Barbarella.

Biography[edit]

Vadim was born as Roger Vladimir Plemiannikov[2] in Paris. His father, Igor Nikolaevich Plemiannikov (Russian: И́горь Никола́евич Племя́нников), a White Russian military officer and pianist, had emigrated from Ukraine and became a naturalized French citizen, and was a vice consul of France to Egypt, stationed in Alexandria. His mother, Marie-Antoinette (née Ardilouze), was a French actress.[3][4] Although Vadim lived in luxury in his early youth, the death of his father, when Vadim was nine years old, caused the family to return to France, where his mother found work running a hostel in the French Alps, which was functioning as a way-station for Jews and other fugitives fleeing Nazism.[4]

Vadim became a stage actor at age 19, after studying journalism and writing at the University of Paris, without graduating.[4] In 1950, he became assistant to film director Marc Allégret, whom he met while working at the Theatre Sarah Bernhardt, and for whom he worked on several screenplays.

In addition to Vadim's theatre and film work, he also wrote several books, including an autobiography, D'une étoile à l'autre (From One Star to the Next).

Personal life[edit]

Vadim was married five times:

Vadim had other significant relationships outside his marriages. In 1961, he became involved with 17-year-old actress Catherine Deneuve, with whom he had a son, Christian, in 1963 (they broke up that same year). From 1980 to 1986, Vadim lived with screenwriter Ann Biderman. He was engaged to Biderman in 1984[7] but the couple never wed.[8]

Death[edit]

Vadim died at age 72 of lymphoma in 2000. He was interred at Saint Tropez Cemetery.

Selected filmography[edit]

Writing[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "Jane Fonda Marries Frenchman". The Miami News. August 14, 1965. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Sometimes spelled "Plemianikoff".
  3. ^ "Roger Vadim profile at Filmreference.com". Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Biography for Roger Vadim". TCM. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Bosworth, Patricia (2011). Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 237. ISBN 0-547-50447-0. 
  6. ^ a b c "Roger Vadim is no braggart about his love life". Beaver County Times. July 11, 1975. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Grogan, David (2 April 1984). "Now a Novelist and Soon a Groom (Once Again), Roger Vadim Starts His Search for the New Brigitte Bardot". People.com. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  8. ^ McNamee, Tom (20 May 1986). "Who's best, Mr. Vadim?". Chicago Sun-Times. 

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