Michele Mercier French actress
Michele Mercier French actress. Beautiful French actress Michele Mercier was born on the 1st of January 1939 in Nice, France. She has appeared in more than fifty films, but is best known in France and abroad for her role as “Angelique”. During her career she has worked with such leading men as Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Gabin, Charles Aznavour, Robert Hossein, Charles Bronson, Tony Curtis and Charlton Heston. Her relationships were uniformly disastrous. She married the assistant-director Andre Smagghe in 1961. Sadly he turned out to be alcoholic. They got divorced in 1965. After a long relationship she married the well-known racing driver Claude Bourillot in 1970, but he disappeared one day with all her jewels and money leaving her penniless. They divorced in 1976. She claimed that her co-star Vittorio Gassman once tried to rape her, and an Italian Prince N. refused to marry her after many years of courtship. She was also pursued by Bettino Craxi and Silvio Berlusconi.
In 1963, the director Bernard Borderies offered a major role in the historical costume film on the popular novel by Anne and Serge Golon “Angelica”. Before Mercier accepted the offer the role had been declined by Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Jane Fonda. Michelle was successfully auditioned and won the role of pseudo-historic character of the ill-XVII century, fighting for her woman’s happiness with all available means. Partner of Michele Mercier was Robert Hossein. Total from 1964 to 1968 were released five erotic scenes abounded films about Angelica, the film each year. The role brought worldwide fame to the actress, and the late 60s to the global audience, is primarily associated with Angelica – Michel Mercier. Only in France, the total number of viewers of film and video screenings of TV series about Angelica as of 2012 was close to 800 million people.