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Date of Birth 12 October 1917Chicago, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 8 June 1994Paris, France  (natural causes)
Birth NameGerard William Marshall
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

William Marshall was born on October 12, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Gerard William Marshall. He was an actor, known for State Fair (1945), Blackmail (1947) and Calendar Girl (1947). He was married to Corinne Aboyneau, Ginger Rogers, Micheline Presle and Michèle Morgan. He died on June 8, 1994 in Paris, France.

Spouse (4)

Corinne Aboyneau (1971 - 8 June 1994) (his death)
Ginger Rogers (16 March 1961 - 1971) (divorced)
Micheline Presle (3 September 1949 - 1954) (divorced) (1 child)
Michèle Morgan (15 September 1942 - 5 May 1949) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (17)

Bandleader, actor, director.
Father of Tonie Marshall
Appeared in French films with then-wife Micheline Presle in the 1950s. He also directed her in Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951) opposite Errol Flynn.
In 1961 he married Ginger Rogers. The marriage soured very quickly, not helped when the movie he produced for her to star in (Quick, Let's Get Married (1964)) bombed. Though long separated, they did not obtain a divorce until 1969.
One-time vocalist for Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians before leading his own band.
Married to French actress Michèle Morgan during the war years. Their son Mike Marshall has appeared in over 40 films, his first being The Phantom Planet (1961), a sci-fi thriller directed by his father.
After divorcing Michèle Morgan, he married Micheline Presle. He first met her while he and Morgan were staying at the Savoy Hotel in London for the shooting of The Fallen Idol (1948) (starring Michèle). One day the married couple ran into Micheline, who was staying at the hotel before a travel to the US. Michèle, who was Micheline's friend, immediately introduced her to Marshall. Years later she recalled with irony how, after the encounter, she had mentioned to William how gorgeous Micheline looked, something "he had already noticed".
His relationship with second wife Micheline Presle secretly began when he was still married to Michèle Morgan. At around the same time, Michèle was having extra-conjugal visits with her Fabiola (1949) co-star Henri Vidal (whom she later married) and Marshall decided to take advantage of it to gain custody of son Mike Marshall. He hired some private detectives to follow Michèle and eventually managed to have her photographed in bed with Vidal. Since her extra-conjugal activities were proved while William's weren't, Mike was consequently given to his father, spending his whole adolescence with him. For a few of his childhood years he was raised along with his half-sister and future director, Tonie Marshall (William and Micheline's daughter).
According to wife Michèle Morgan, he had an extremely strong attachment to his mother, who visited him quite often to see if everything was alright.
Convinced second wife Micheline Presle to follow him to Hollywood in the late 1940s, promising her that he would do everything possible to help her career. Against her better judgment, she broke a great contract she had in France with producer Paul Graetz (which had always given her carte blanche when it came to choosing her advisers and collaborators) to sign an unfruitful, six-year contract with 20th Century-Fox that, eventually, didn't allow her any say on her Hollywood projects. She later related that she did not like any of the roles she played in American films.
He didn't get along with star Errol Flynn while directing him in his adventure movie, Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951). Near the end of the shooting, Flynn had grown so fed up with Marshall's tyrannical ways that he left the set for good and had to be replaced by a stunt double in the final scenes. The film was a critical and commercial disaster.
He came from a very conservative family background. When first wife Michèle Morgan moved to Hollywood and had her house built at 10050 Cielo Drive, he refused to move in with her (because, in his family's views, it was dishonorable for a man to live at his woman's place), so he demanded that she sell the property. The house was eventually bought by director Roman Polanski, and in 1969 it was the site of the infamous murders committed by the Charles Manson clan in which Polanski's wife Sharon Tate was one of the victims.
Wed first wife Michèle Morgan after having known her for just one month. Their marriage was a turbulent one, with Michèle describing his behavior as very despotic and scornful and adding that his foul temper only got worse after he was injured in WW2. She later stated that she didn't really know the reason she had married him in the first place, saying that her choice had to be due to physical attraction rather than a strong affection.
After he divorced second wife Micheline Presle and relocated to the US for good, he left daughter Tonie Marshall with Micheline, but took with him his son from his first marriage to Michèle Morgan, Mike Marshall.
Three of his four wives were French.
Nicknamed wife Michèle Morgan "Mike" because of his difficulty in pronouncing "Michèle" and his general dislike for France (although three of his four wives were French). The couple eventually called their son Mike Marshall.
A fictionalized version of him (Jean Yanne's despicable Julius Mandenne) appears in daughter Tonie Marshall's Bastard Brood (1996). The film follows four different sons that Julius had with different women as they find out about his existence (when he's put on trial for murder) and try to connect with him. The character is nicknamed "The American" and his half-American daughter Susan (played by Molly Ringwald) works as a cinematic counterpart to William and Michèle Morgan's son, Mike Marshall. Julius' daughter Sophie (Nathalie Baye) is a fictionalized version of Tonie, whose real-life mother Micheline Presle fittingly appears in the film as Sophie's mother (on the other hand, a photo of Gena Rowlands--and not Morgan--is used for Susan's mother).

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