Marina Vlady

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Marina Vlady
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Marina Vlady, 2009
Marina Catherine de Poliakoff-Baydaroff

(1938-05-10) 10 May 1938 (age 84)
Years active1949–present
(m. 1955; div. 1959)

Jean-Claude Brouillet
(m. 1963; div. 1966)

(m. 1970; d. 1980)
Partner(s)Léon Schwartzenberg
(esp. 1981; d. 2003)
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Marina Vlady (born 10 May 1938) is a French actress.


Vlady was born in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine to White Russian immigrant parents. Her father was an opera singer and her mother was a dancer. Her sisters, now all deceased, were the actresses Odile Versois, Hélène Vallier and Olga Baïdar-Poliakoff. The sisters began acting as children and, for a while, pursued a ballet career.

From 1955 to 1959, she was married to actor/director Robert Hossein. From 1963 to 1966, she was married to Jean-Claude Brouillet, a French entrepreneur, owner of two airlines and member of French Resistance. Vlady was married to Soviet poet/songwriter Vladimir Vysotsky from 1969 until his death in 1980.[1] She lived with French oncologist Léon Schwartzenberg from the 1980s until his death in 2003.[citation needed]

Vlady won the Best Actress Award at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival for The Conjugal Bed.[2] In 1965, she was a member of the jury at the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.[3]

Marina Vlady, 1996

Vlady starred in Jean-Luc Godard's 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (1967), and later portrayed the insightful and protective stepmother in the Italian film Il sapore del grano (aka: The Flavor of Corn) (1986). A rare English language role was as Kate Percy in Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight (1966). Her television credits include the 1983 mini-series La Chambre des Dames.[4]

She wrote Vladimir, or the Aborted Flight, a memoir of her relationship with Vladimir Vysotsky.

For a decade, the couple maintained a long-distance relationship as Marina compromised her career in France in order to spend more time in Moscow, and his friends pulled strings for him to travel abroad. She eventually joined the Communist Party of France, which essentially gave her an unlimited-entry visa into the Soviet Union, and provided Vysotsky with some immunity against prosecution by the government. The problems of his long-distance relationship with Vlady inspired several of Vysotsky's songs.[citation needed]


In 1971, Vlady signed the Manifesto of the 343, which publicly declared she had an abortion as a way to advocate for reproductive rights, even though the procedure was illegal in France at the time.[5]

Vlady and partner Léon Schwartzenberg participated in the protests against deportations of Arab workers from France.[6] She accepted a role in a film about a gay couple from Iran.[7]

She is also continuing her career, both as a writer and as an actress. Among others, she has published a book on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, a topic that was close to Vysotsky's heart. Vlady has continued acting on stage. She also came out with a one-woman show based on her book about Vysotsky.[citation needed]


Year Title Role
1949 Summer Storm Marie-Tempête
1950 Due sorelle amano
1951 Pardon My French Jacqueline
1952 Dans la vie tout s'arrange La petite Jacqueline
Black Feathers Gemma Vianello
La figlia del diavolo Graziella
1953 The Unfaithfuls Marisa
Finishing School Eljay
Too Young for Love Annette
Cavalcade of Song La fanciulla amata
Musoduro Lucia Giardano
1954 Before the Deluge Liliane Noblet
She Céline
Days of Love Angela Cafalla
1955 Le avventure di Giacomo Casanova Fulvia
Le Crâneur [fr] Juliette
Sophie et le Crime [fr] Sophie Brulard
Les salauds vont en enfer [fr] Eva
1956 Symphony of Love Caroline Esterhazy
La Sorcière Ina
Pardonnez nos offences [fr] Dédée
Crime and Punishment Lili Marcellin
1958 Liberté Surveillée [fr] Eva
1959 Toi, le venin Eva Lecain
The Verdict Catherine Desroches
La Nuit des espions [fr] Elle
1960 Les Canailles [fr] Hélène Chalmers
1961 Girl in the Window Else
La Princesse de Clèves La Princesse de Clèves
1962 Adorable Liar Juliette
The Seven Deadly Sins Catherine Lartigue
La steppa Comtesse Dranitsky
Climats [fr] Odile
1963 The Conjugal Bed Regina
Enough Rope Ellie
The Cage Isabelle
Sweet and Sour La radio taxi girl
Don't Tempt the Devil Catherine Dupré
1965 Run for Your Wife Nicole
Chimes at Midnight Kate Percy
1966 Atout coeur à Tokyo pour OSS 117 Eva Wilson
Mona, l'étoile sans nom Mona
The Mona Lisa Has Been Stolen Nicole
1967 Two or Three Things I Know About Her Juliette Jeanson
1969 Time to Live Marie
Syuzhet dlya nebolshogo rasskaza [ru] Lika
Sirocco d'hiver [fr] Maria
1970 Contestazione generale Imma
Pour un sourire [fr] Véronique
1973 Le complot Christine
1978 The Bermuda Triangle Kim
1986 Exploits of a Young Don Juan Madame Muller
1989 Follow Me Ljuba
1989 Splendor Chantal Duvivier
1992 Dreams of Russia Catherine the Great
2010 A Few Days of Respite Yolande



  1. ^ Караев, Николай. "Марина Влади: Володя живет во мне – всегда". PostTimees. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Conjugal Bed". Retrieved 25 February 2009.
  3. ^ "4th Moscow International Film Festival (1965)". (in Russian). Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  4. ^ Marina Vlady at IMDb
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  6. ^ Abdulova, Julia. "Юлия Абдулова: "Родителей познакомил Высоцкий"". Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  7. ^ Karayev, Nikolai. "Марина Влади: Володя живет во мне – всегда". Postimees (in Russian). Retrieved 17 May 2013.

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