|Born||Roger Vladimir Plemiannikov
26 January 1928
|Died||11 February 2000
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Brigitte Bardot (1952–1957)
Annette Strøyberg (1958–1960)
Jane Fonda (1965–1973)
Catherine Schneider (1975–1977)
Marie-Christine Barrault (1990–2000)
|Partner(s)||Catherine Deneuve (1961-1963)
Ann Biderman (1980-1986)
Roger Vadim (26 January 1928 – 11 February 2000) was a French screenwriter, film director/and producer, as well as an author and actor. He is perhaps best known as the first husband of actress Jane Fonda, and for directing her in Barbarella.
Vadim was born as Roger Vladimir Plemiannikov in Paris. His father, Igor Nikolaevich Plemiannikov (Russian: И́горь Никола́евич Племя́нников), a White Russian military officer and pianist, had emigrated from Ukraine and became a naturalized French citizen, and was a vice consul of France to Egypt, stationed in Alexandria. His mother, Marie-Antoinette (née Ardilouze), was a French actress. Although Vadim lived in luxury in his early youth, the death of his father, when Vadim was nine years old, caused the family to return to France, where his mother found work running a hostel in the French Alps, which was functioning as a way-station for Jews and other fugitives fleeing Nazism.
Vadim became a stage actor at age 19, after studying journalism and writing at the University of Paris, without graduating. In 1950, he became assistant to film director Marc Allégret, whom he met while working at the Theatre Sarah Bernhardt, and for whom he worked on several screenplays.
In addition to Vadim's theatre and film work, he also wrote several books, including an autobiography, D'une étoile à l'autre (From One Star to the Next).
Vadim was married five times:
- Brigitte Bardot (December 20, 1952 – December 6, 1957): Vadim began dating Bardot in 1950 when she was 15 and he was 22. They separated in 1956 amidst rumors that Bardot was having an affair with her And God Created Woman co-star Jean-Louis Trintignant, but remained friends for the rest of Vadim's life. He later directed her in The Night Heaven Fell and Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman.
- Annette Strøyberg (June 17, 1958 – 1960): Strøyberg gave birth to their daughter, Nathalie, the day after Vadim's divorce from Bardot was finalized. They wed the following year, but the marriage was short-lived. Vadim directed Strøyberg in Blood and Roses.
- Jane Fonda (August 14, 1965 – January 16, 1973): Fonda and Vadim, who had known each other since 1957, moved in together towards the end of 1963. He directed her in the films Circle of Love, The Game Is Over, and most famously Barbarella. They had a daughter, Vanessa, born in 1968. After Vadim's death, his eldest daughter Nathalie stated "Jane was the love of my father's life."
- Catherine Schneider (December 13, 1975 – 1977): Schneider, whom Vadim described as the most beautiful of all his wives, was a descendant of the founder of a huge French armament and steel dynasty. Their son, Vania Vadim, was born in 1974, prior to their marriage.
- Marie-Christine Barrault (December 21, 1990 – February 11, 2000): Vadim and Barrault fell in love in 1987 and remained together until his death. It was Vadim's longest marriage and the only one that did not end in divorce.
Vadim had other significant relationships outside his marriages. In 1961, he became involved with 17-year-old actress Catherine Deneuve, with whom he had a son, Christian, in 1963 (they broke up that same year). From 1980 to 1986, Vadim lived with screenwriter Ann Biderman. He was engaged to Biderman in 1984 but the couple never wed.
Vadim died at age 72 of lymphoma in 2000. He was interred at Saint Tropez Cemetery.
- And God Created Woman (1956)
- No Sun in Venice (1957)
- The Night Heaven Fell (1958)
- Les liaisons dangereuses (1959)
- Blood and Roses (1960)
- Please, Not Now! (1961)
- The Seven Deadly Sins (1962)
- Vice and Virtue (1963)
- Circle of Love (1964)
- Spirits of the Dead (1968)
- Barbarella (1968)
- Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)
- Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman (1973)
- Night Games (1980)
- And God Created Woman (1988)
- Vadim, Roger. Bardot, Deneuve, Fonda: My Life With The Three Most Beautiful Women In The World (1986), Simon & Schuster (ISBN 0671530070/ISBN 9780671530075)
- "Jane Fonda Marries Frenchman". The Miami News. August 14, 1965. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- Sometimes spelled "Plemianikoff".
- "Roger Vadim profile at Filmreference.com". Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- "Biography for Roger Vadim". TCM. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- Bosworth, Patricia (2011). Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 237. ISBN 0-547-50447-0.
- "Roger Vadim is no braggart about his love life". Beaver County Times. July 11, 1975. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- Grogan, David (2 April 1984). "Now a Novelist and Soon a Groom (Once Again), Roger Vadim Starts His Search for the New Brigitte Bardot". People.com. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- McNamee, Tom (20 May 1986). "Who's best, Mr. Vadim?". Chicago Sun-Times.