Roger Vadim

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Roger Vadim
Roger Vadim - still.jpg
Roger Vadim in 1971
Born Roger Vladimir Plemiannikov
(1928-01-26)26 January 1928
Paris, France
Died 11 February 2000(2000-02-11) (aged 72)
Paris, France
Cause of death Cancer
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1950–1997
Spouse(s) Brigitte Bardot (1952–57)
Annette Stroyberg (1958–60)
Jane Fonda (1965–73)
Catherine Schneider (1975–77)
Marie-Christine Barrault (1990–2000)
Partner(s) Catherine Deneuve (1961–64)
Ann Biderman (1980–85)
Children 4

Roger Vadim (26 January 1928 – 11 February 2000) was a French screenwriter, film director/and producer, as well as an author and occasional actor.[1]

Early life[edit]

Vadim was born as Roger Vladimir Plemiannikov[2] in Paris. His father, Igor Nikolaevich Plemiannikov (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.[3][4] 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.[4]

Vadim studied journalism and writing at the University of Paris, without graduating.[4] At age 19, 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.


Vadim was celebrated for his romances/marriages to beautiful actresses.[5] He lived with Catherine Deneuve, by whom he had a child, Christian Vadim, prior to his marriage to Jane Fonda.[6] He wrote about these in his 1986 book Bardot, Deneuve & Fonda.

He also lived with screenwriter Ann Biderman for several years, announcing their engagement in 1984,[7] but the couple never wed.[6]

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).


  • Brigitte Bardot, 20 December 1952 – 6 December 1957 (divorced)
  • Annette Stroyberg, 17 June 1958 – 1960 (divorced); 1 daughter (Nathalie)
  • Jane Fonda, 14 August 1965 – 16 January 1973 (divorced); 1 daughter (Vanessa)
  • Catherine Schneider, 13 December 1975 – 1977 (divorced); 1 son (Vania)
  • Marie-Christine Barrault, 21 December 1990 – 11 February 2000 (his death)


Vadim died of cancer at age 72 on 11 February 2000. He was survived by his widow, Marie-Christine Barrault, and his four children (Nathalie, Vanessa, Christian and Vania). Ex-wives Bardot, Fonda, Schneider and Stroyberg were all in attendance at his funeral.[8] He is interred at St. Tropez Cemetery.






  1. ^ "ROGER VADIM writes his "Memoirs of the Devil".". The Australian Women's Weekly (National Library of Australia). 12 January 1977. p. 26. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Sometimes spelled "Plemianikoff".
  3. ^ "Roger Vadim profile at". Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Biography for Roger Vadim". TCM. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Roger Vadim is no braggart about his love life". Beaver County Times. 11 July 1975. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Smith, Kyle (28 February 2000). "Sweet Svengali". People. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Grogan, David (2 April 1984). "Now a Novelist and Soon a Groom (Once Again), Roger Vadim Starts His Search for the New Brigitte Bardot". Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Fonda, Jane (2005). My Life So Far. Random House. p. 141. ISBN 978-0812975765. Our arms were linked as we solemnly followed his casket through the narrow, ochre-tinted streets of old Saint Tropez–Brigitte Bardot, Annette Stroyberg, Catherine Schneider, Marie-Christine Barrault, and me. Of all Vadim's wives and companions, only Catherine Deneuve and Ann Biderman were missing. 
  9. ^ "Sait-on jamais... (1957) – Full cast and crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 15 March 2009. 

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