Statuesque, seductive French leading lady who underwent several early career changes before settling on the acting profession. Corinne Calvet first ventured into the field of criminal law (at the Sorbonne), then gained qualification as an interior decorator with an appreciation of fine arts and antiques. After studying at the L'ecole du cinema in Paris, she made her debut on the stage and also worked as a radio hostess. Small film roles followed. From the time Corinne was 'discovered' by famous producer Hal B. Wallis, brought to America, and signed to a contract with Paramount in 1947, her life developed into a decade-long roller-coaster of feuds, lawsuits, publicity stunts and even an attempted suicide by sleeping pills.
Corinne's Hollywood career got off to a turbulent start, the fiery actress heatedly challenging Wallis over the size of her salary. In spite of growing animosity between her and the producer, she was eventually cast in her first Paramount picture, Rope of Sand (1949) , a film noir set in South Africa and co-starring Burt Lancaster and Paul Henreid. The film emphasized Corinne's sultry appeal and her sexy, somewhat husky voice. She played a nightclub singer, which worked well since she could actually sing (and did so at the famed Manhattan night club Le Cupidon in 1952). The New York Times review (August 4th, 1949) remarked that the cast, though playing somewhat shady characters, were "all products of good acting, and therefore are strangely interesting".
"Rope of Sand" garnered mostly good reviews and was certainly one of the better roles Corinne was to find in Hollywood. Though she featured opposite a number of big-name stars, such as Danny Kaye and James Cagney, she was largely consigned to be the ornamental French dessert. Of her part in On the Riviera (1951), Bosley Crowther commented that she was "pretty, but neglected" (NY Times May 24th, 1951). Corinne (Miss Golden Globe 1952), later gave vent to her frustration at having never been given a proper chance to display her acting range in her 1983 memoir 'Has Corinne Been a Good Girl?'.
The headlines made in her private life often overshadowed her screen career. One highly publicised (and apparently staged) incident had her suing actress Zsa Zsa Gabor over a statement made to, among others, a newspaper columnist, about Corinne's French background being a studio invention. In another more bizarre instance in 1967, her then-boyfriend claimed in court that she had 'used voodoo on him' in order to retain control of certain financial assets. There were also two acrimonious and very public divorces to actors John Bromfield and Jeffrey Stone.
From the mid 1950's, Corinne began to appear in international co-productions, dividing her time between Los Angeles and her lavishly furnished top floor apartment at the Avenue MacMahon, near the Arc de triomphe, in Paris. After the publication of her memoir in 1983, Corinne retired from acting and re-invented herself as a therapist, specialising in hypnosis. She settled down in Santa Monica, where she died in June 2001.
|Robert J. Wirt||(2 July 1968 - 8 October 1971) (divorced)|
|Albert C. Gannaway||(16 September 1966 - 14 February 1968) (divorced)|
|Jeffrey Stone||(12 April 1955 - 29 March 1960) (divorced) 1 child|
|John Bromfield||(7 November 1948 - 17 March 1954) (divorced)|
Calvet's father, a scientist, was the inventor of Pyrex, a glassware that enabled food to be cooked directly in the glass in an oven.
Left the entertainment industry in the 1970's for a career as a therapist.
Has 1 son.
Studied criminal law at the Sorbonne before becoming an actress.
In 1952 Calvet filed a lawsuit accusing actress Zsa Zsa Gabor of slandering her in telling several people, including a newspaper columnist, that Calvet was not really French.
In 1967 her longtime boyfriend, Donald Scott, sued Calvet to recover assets that he had placed under her name to hide them from his wife in a divorce battle.
Appeared in French radio and stage productions after WWII.
Discovered by Paramount Studios which brought her to the U.S.
Wrote a 1983 memoir, called "Has Corinne Been a Good Girl?" in which she said Hollywood studios put her in roles that never tapped her acting ability.
In most of her American films she played the roles of French characters.
Has a son, Robin, by former husband, actor/writer Jeffrey Stone.
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