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Date of Birth 28 February 1895Aubagne, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Date of Death 18 April 1974Paris, France

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Marcel Pagnol was born on February 28, 1895 in Aubagne, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. He was a writer and producer, known for Jean de Florette (1986), Manon of the Spring (1986) and Marius (1931). He was married to Jacqueline Pagnol and Simone Collin. He died on April 18, 1974 in Paris, France.

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Jacqueline Pagnol (1944 - 18 April 1974) (his death) (2 children)
Simone Collin (1916 - 1941) (divorced)

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First filmmaker to be elected to the French academy (1946-1974).
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 865-870. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
Fathered three children out of wedlock: Jacques, b. 1932, to Kitty Murphy; Jean-Pierre, b. 1933, to Orane Demazis; and, Francine, b. 1935, to Yvonne Pouperon. Frédéric (1946) and Estelle (1951) were born to Jacqueline Bouvier Pagnol.
In 1947 he became the first filmmaker to gain entry into the prestigious French Academy.
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1957
President of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955
Distinguished French playwright, novelist, screenwriter and director. He began as a teacher at the Lycee Condorcet in Paris in 1922. The success of his first two plays helped him to set up his own film production and distribution company near Marseilles. Pagnol founded the influential cinema magazine 'Les Cahier du Film' in 1931. He became best known for his comedic depiction of provincial life in the South of France, marked by witty dialogue and well observed local custom. Many of his actors were well-established stars of the theatre. Pagnol's most significant achievement is considered to be the Marius trilogy (Marius, Fanny and Cesar), filmed between 1931 and 1936.

Personal Quotes (1)

One has to look out for engineers - they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb.

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