Emmanuelle Arsan

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Emmanuelle Arsan
Marayat Andriane (1967).jpg
Born Marayat Bibidh
(1932-01-19)January 19, 1932
Bangkok, Thailand
Pen name Marayat, Marajat, Kramsaseddinsh, Krasaesundh, Krassaesibor, Virajjakkam, Virajjakam, Virajjakari
Occupation Writer, novelist, actress

Marayat Rollet-Andriane (born Marayat Bibidh, January 19 1932), known by the pen name Emmanuelle Arsan, is a French novelist of Eurasian origin, best known for creating the fictional character Emmanuelle, a woman who sets out on a voyage of sexual self-discovery under varying circumstances.[1]


The novel Emmanuelle was published and distributed clandestinely in France without an author's name in 1959. Successive editions later bore the moniker Emmanuelle Arsan, who was subsequently revealed to be Marayat Rollet-Andriane. Though the novel was sometimes hinted to be a quasi-autobiography, it was later revealed that the actual author was Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane.[2][3][4] Several more novels were published under the Emmanuelle Arsan moniker.[5]

Following the success of the film adaptation Emmanuelle (1974), Arsan was the titular director and writer of the film Laure (1976) about the sexual discoveries of a younger "Emmanuelle" named Laure, again in an exotic setting. The film was in fact directed by Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane and by Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli,[6] though Rollet-Andriane, reportedly frustrated with his collaboration with the producer Ovidio G. Assonitis, asked for the Emmanuelle Arsan name not to be associated to the project, resulting in the film being credited to an anonymous director.[4]

She also appeared on screen under the stage name Marayat Andriane in the film The Sand Pebbles (1966) and in an episode of the American series The Big Valley ("Turn of a Card", 1967). Her only other film appearance, credited as Emmanuelle Arsan, was in Laure, which was also released under the title Forever Emmanuelle.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Arsan was born in Bangkok, Thailand. At the age of 16 she was married to a French diplomat at UNESCO, Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane; the couple had two daughters.


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ Magazine-litteraire.com
  3. ^ Francis Leroi, 70, années érotiques, éditions La Musardine, 1999
  4. ^ a b Laure
  5. ^ Bibliographie d'Emmanauelle Arsan
  6. ^ Ovidio G. Assonitis, Beyond the Screen. Il cinema di Ovidio G. Assonitis, "Nocturno dossier", n° 82, May 2009, pp. 46–51
  7. ^ Forever Emmanuelle, IMDB

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