Christiane Martel

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Christiane Martel
Beauty pageant titleholder
Christiane Martel and Ugo Tognazzi 1959.jpg
Christiane Martel tries to awaken actor Ugo Tognazzi in 1959
Born Christiane Magnani
(1936-01-18) 18 January 1936 (age 81)
Piennes, France
Occupation Actress
Years active 1954–1962
Title(s) Miss France 1953
Miss Universe 1953
Miss France 1953
Miss Universe 1953
Spouse Ronnie Morengo (divorced)
Miguel Aleman Velasco

Christiane Martel (born Christiane Magnani on 18 January 1932) is a French actress and beauty queen who became the second woman to win Miss Universe in 1953.[1] She was the only Frenchwoman holding the Miss Universe title until Iris Mittenaere in 2016.

Martel was crowned Miss France by outgoing titleholder Claude Godart and represented France at Miss Universe 1953 where she became the second Miss Universe. She was crowned by actress, Julie Adams as Miss Universe 1952, Armi Kuusela of Finland gave up her crown.

Martel's runners-up in the 1953 pageant was Myrna Hansen of the USA, followed by delegates of Japan, Mexico, and Australia.

Shortly after her reign, Martel embarked on a successful career in international films, appearing in movies such as Yankee Pasha, So This Is Paris, Abajo el Telón, the 1956 version of Corazón salvaje (playing the villain Aimée), Viva el Amor!, Rosa Blanca and her last film to date, 1961's Leoni al Sole.

Martel was married briefly to Ronnie Marengo, a department store heir, whom she divorced in 1955.[2] In 1961 she married Miguel Alemán Velasco, who would become Governor of Veracruz and is the son of Miguel Alemán Valdés, former president of Mexico. They have three daughters and one son. Their son, Miguel Alemán Magnani is a stakeholder of Televisa and the owner of low-cost airline, Interjet.[3]

She made recent television appearances at the Miss Universe pageants in 1989, 1993, and 2007 that were held in Mexico. She was a celebrity judge at the Miss Universe 1978 pageant. Her last television appearance was on 3 December 2011 at the Miss France pageant.


  1. ^ Christiane Magnani, la “Miss Universo” que reina en el corazón de Miguel Alemán Velasco]. Hola. 3 July 2013
  2. ^ Mark Griffin (2010). A Hundred Or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli. Da Capo Press. pp. 168–. ISBN 0-306-81893-0. 
  3. ^ Christiane Martel Profile.

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