Françoise Arnoul

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Françoise Arnoul
Francoise Arnoul 1958.jpg
During a visit to Jerusalem, 1958
Françoise Annette Marie Mathilde Gautsch

(1931-06-03) 3 June 1931 (age 88)
Spouse(s)Georges Cravenne (1956–1960, divorced)
Partner(s)Bernard Paul (1964-1980, his death)

Françoise Arnoul (born 3 June 1931[1]) is a French actress, who achieved popularity during the 1950s.

Born Françoise Annette Marie Mathilde Gautsch in Constantine, France (now Algeria),[2] as the daughter of stage actress Janine Henry and artillery general Charles Gautsch, she has two brothers. While her father continued military service in Morocco, the rest of family moved to Paris in 1945.

After learning drama there, she was noticed by director Willy Rozier, who offered her a major role in the film L'Épave (1949).

Arnoul starred in such films as Henri Verneuil's Forbidden Fruit (1952), Jean Renoir's French Cancan (1954), Des gens sans importance (1956) with Jean Gabin, Henri Decoin's La Chatte (1958), Le Chemin des écoliers (1959) with Bourvil, and Jean Cocteau's Testament of Orpheus (1960).

Her American film debut came in Companions of the Night (1954).[3]

Later in life, she moved into television, appearing in different TV movies and mini-series and also turning to character parts. She published her autobiography entitled Animal doué de bonheur in 1995.[4]

In 1956, Arnoul was married to publicity agent Georges Cravenne whom she had met two years previously, but they separated in 1960.[5] From 1964, she became the companion of French director/scriptwriter Bernard Paul, a relationship which lasted until his death in 1980.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Source : son extrait de naissance n° 1931.RET.01312 (Les Gens du Cinéma).
  2. ^ Françoise Arnoul at the British Film Institute
  3. ^ "Beauty Will Debut". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. August 16, 1954. p. 37. Retrieved 8 January 2019 – via
  4. ^ "Animal doue de bonheur". Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  5. ^ Grenier, Christian. "Françoise Arnoul". DvdToile. Retrieved 2009-06-30.


  • Françoise Arnoul avec Jean-Louis Mingalon, Animal doué de bonheur, Éditions Belfond, Paris, 1995, ISBN 2-7144-3244-1.

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