French film star Nathalie Delon passes away at 79
French actress Nathalie Delon, once considered one of the most beautiful women in the world and former actor Alain Delon, has died at the age of 79, according to her son Anthony. One of her most memorable roles was in the movie 'Le Samouraï' ('The silence of a man'), precisely with her then husband. "Rest in peace, mom," said the interpreter on Instagram, where she accompanied her message with a photo hugging her mother, assuring that she had died in Paris, of a "blazing" cancer and surrounded by his.
Delon, whose real name was Francine Canovas, was born in August 1941 in the Moroccan city of Uxda, which was then a French protectorate. Her mother was from Melilla and her childhood was marked by the absence of her father, who left the family home months after her birth. The young woman she left for France at age 20 after leaving her first husband, with whom she had her first daughter, Nathalie. She met Alain Delon by chance in 1962 at a Paris nightclub, when the actor's fame was booming and he was engaged to fellow actress Romy Schneider, who was already a star thanks to the success of 'Sissi'.
The actor ended up leaving Schneider by letter to go with Nathalie and in 1964 their only child in common, Anthony, was born in the United States. The couple divorced in 1969, but have been close ever since. On January 11, her son also posted on Instagram a photo of both accompanied by the message "unwavering love."
Nathalie's cinematographic career was driven by Delon, with whom she shared the screen in 'Le Samouraï' (1967), an audience hit signed by Jean-Pierre Melville that has ultimately achieved the status of a film classic. The break with the famous heartthrob did not make her abandon the job and apart from continuing as an actress, with titles such as' Barbe Bleue 'or' La leçon particulier ', she directed two films:' Ils appellent ça un accident '(1982) and' Sweet Lies' (1986).