Alain Delon was born on November 8, 1935, in Sceaux, but his childhood was a tumultuous one. His parents, Edith and Fabien, divorced when he was four years old, and each of them remarried.
After this episode, Alain Delon is adopted, so that later, after the death of his adoptive parents, Edith and Fabien share custody, without agreeing on this issue. The future star of France is enrolled in a Roman Catholic boarding school, but will be expelled from here, as well as from other schools, due to his irregular behavior.
Often considered James Dean’s French correspondent, the actor did not attend any acting school. However, it was noticed and released by some of the most famous directors in the world, such as Luchino Visconti, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, Michelangelo Antonioni or Louis Malle.
After serving four years in the Navy, Delon returned in 1956 to work as a waiter, portraitist, personal assistant or sales assistant. During this period he became friends with the actress Brigitte Auber, whom he accompanied at the Cannes Film Festival. Here he is noticed by the American talent scout David Selznick who offers him his first contract, provided that Delon learns English.
Returning to Paris with the idea of studying, he meets the director Yves Allégret who convinces him that he can become just as famous if he stays in his country of origin. Hand in hand or not, Selznick allows Delon to break his contract at Cannes, and Allégret offers him his first role in the film “Quand la femme s’en mêle”, in which he is highly regarded, thus receiving the award. her second role, in “Faibles femmes”, an Italian-French co-production which, due to the fact that it was a success in the French box office, ends up being released in America. Thus, Alain Delon becomes internationally known.
Her first starring role was in the film “Christine”, where she starred opposite Romy Schneider, followed by a series of films that became classics, including: “Plein Soleil” (1960), directed by René Clément, “Rocco”. ei suoi fratelli ” (1960), directed by Luchino Visconti, with Renato Salvatori and Annie Girardot as partners. In 1962 he appeared with Monica Vitti in ” L’Eclisse “(Eclipse) ‘, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, then in ” Il Gattopardo ” (The Cheetah, 1963), with actors Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Giuliano Gemma and Terence Hill, who won the Palme d’Or at the 16th edition of the Festival Cannes International Film Festival. In 1963 he starred in “La Tulipe noire” by Christian-Jaque. Jeff Costello’s role in “Le Samourai” (1967), directed by Jean Pierre Melville, established the actor as the rebel fighter.
His Hollywood debut was “Once a Thief” (1965), followed by “The Lost Command”, “Texas Across the River” and “Yellow Rolls-Royce”.
Alain Delon is known as a true Don Juan, attracting many women over the years. Among them were his two wives, Nathalie Barthélemy and Rosalie van Breemen, his first love, Romy Schneider, and the woman he had a relationship with for 15 years, Mireille Darc.
In September 2017, the French actor underwent heart surgery, confessing in an interview published by the Swiss magazine “L’illustré” that he is in favor of assisted death, authorized in Switzerland, where he has lived since 1978, and suggested that he did steps in this direction.
“It simply came to our notice then. I have already arranged with my lawyers practically everything that will happen on the day I leave. Especially since I don’t want to have a priest around “, explained the actor quoted by News.ro. In Switzerland, suicide assistance is authorized and is different from euthanasia, because it refers to providing a person with the means to commit suicide, without a third party initiating the act.
Alain Delon spoke casually about his last wishes before he died, stating that he wants to have a simple funeral, without national tributes, as happened to artists Charles Aznavour and Johnny Hallyday.
“A hero must know how to die. I liked to die, because it’s an end point. It is known where I will be buried, but there are no instructions. They will bury me like everyone else, but by no means the same as Aznavour and Hallyday “, he declared for Le Monde in September 2018, he writes News.ro.