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FrenchBorn Louise Marie LEVEQUE de VILMORIN

French novelist, poet and journalist

Born on April 04, 1902 in Verrières-le-Buisson , France

Died on December 26, 1969 in Verrières-le-Buisson , France

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Born in the family chateau at Verrières-le-Buisson, a suburb southwest of Paris, de Vilmorin was the descendant of a great French seed company fortune, that of Vilmorin. She was afflicted with a slight limp that became a personal trademark. Vilmorin was best known as a writer of delicate but mordant tales, often set in aristocratic or artistic milieus. Her most famous novel was Madame de, published in 1951, which was made into the celebrated film The Earrings of Madame de... (1953), starring Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux and directed by Max Ophüls. Vilmorin's other works included Juliette, La Lettre dans un taxi, Les Belles Amours, Saintes-Unefois, and Intimités. Her letters to Jean Cocteau were published after the deaths of both correspondents.

As a young woman, in 1923, she had been engaged to the novelist and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Vilmorin's first husband was an American real-estate heir, Henry Leigh Hunt (1886–1972). They married in 1925, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where Hunt's family owned extensive properties, and divorced in the 1930s. They had three daughters: Jessie, Alexandra, and Helena.


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