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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 29 June 1900Lyon, France
Date of Death 31 July 1944off the coast of Marseille, France  (plane crash)
Birth NameAntoine-Marie-Roger De Saint-Exupery
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born into a family of old provincial nobility. Failing his final exams at a preparatory school, he entered the École des Beaux-Arts to study architecture. In 1921, he began military service in the 2nd Regiment of Chasseurs, and sent to Strasbourg for pilot training. The next year, he obtained his license, and was offered a transfer to the air force. But his fiancée's family objected, so he settled in Paris and took an office job. His engagement ultimately broke off, and he worked at several jobs over the next few years without success.

By 1926, he was flying again. He became one of the pioneers of international postal flight in the days when aircrafts had few instruments and pilots flew by the seat of their pants. He worked on the Aéropostale between Toulouse and Dakar. His first tale, L'Aviateur (The Aviator), was published in the magazine Le Navire d'Argent. In 1928, he published his first book, Courrier-Sud (Southern Mail), and flew the Casablanca/Dakar route. He became the director of Cap Juby airfield in Rio de Oro, Sahara. In 1929, he moved to South America where he was appointed director of the Aeroposta Argentina Company. In 1931, Vol de Nuit (Night Flight), which won the Prix Femina, was published. He married Salvadoran artist and writer Consuelo Suncin Sandoval de Gómez, who became the model for the temperamental Rose in Le Petit Prince. Theirs was a stormy union as Saint-Exupéry traveled frequently and indulged in numerous affairs.

During World War II, he was in New York City, but returned to France to join a squadron based in the Mediterranean. Now 44, he agreed to collect data on German troop movements in the Rhone River Valley. He took off the night of July 31, 1944, and was never seen again. A lady reported having seen a plane crash around noon on August 1st near the Bay of Carqueiranne. A body wearing a French uniform was found several days later, and buried. In 1998, a fisherman found a silver chain bracelet south of Marseille which was identified as being Saint-Exupéry's. On April 7, 2004, officials confirmed that the wreckage of a Lockheed Lightning P-38 found on the seabed off the coast of Marseille in 2000 was Saint-Exupéry's.

Further research in 2006 by the dive team which recovered the wreckage located a German pilot who was flying a mission at the Bay of Carqueiranne at the time Saint-Exupéry's plane went down. Horst Rippert acknowledged that he shot at the plane, but did not report it, possibly because he was not sure he actually downed it. When the Germans heard American radio broadcasts that Saint-Exupéry was missing, Rippert said he knew that the plane he downed was his. Rippert idolized Saint-Exupéry, read all his books, and had been bothered by the incident his whole life. He told the dive team he would not have shot at the plane had he known it was Saint-Exupéry's.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ldavis-2

Spouse (1)

Consuelo Suncin (11 April 1931 - 31 July 1944) (his death)

Trivia (6)

One of his ancestors fought with the Americans at Yorktown.
Officials confirmed the twisted wreckage of a Lockheed Lightning P-38, found on the seabed off the coast of Marseille, France is that of Saint-Exupery, although a body wasn't found in the wreck. (7 April 2004)
Until the Euro was introduced in 2002, his image appeared on France's 50-franc note.
Asteroid #2578 was named after Saint-Exupéry in 1975.
Commemorated by a plaque in the Panthéon.
The French airport of Lyon (formerly called Satolas) bears his name since 2000 (for the 100th birthday of Saint-Exupéry).

Personal Quotes (6)

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Love does not consist gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
The life of the spirit, the veritable life, is intermittent, and only the life of the mind is constant.
What saves a man is to take a step. Them another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it.
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

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