Martine Carol (Maryse Louise Mourer)

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Saint-Mandé, Val-de-Marne, France
France's major sex siren of the early 50s, this lesser-remembered post-war French pastry pre-dated bombshell Brigitte Bardot by a few years but her brief reign did not compare and has not lived up to the Bardot era. The cult mystique is not there even after dying mysteriously and relatively young. Martine was born Marie-Louise Mourer on May 16, 1920 (some references indicate 1922), but little is known of her childhood. A chance meeting with comedian Andre Luguet steered her toward a career in the theatre. Trained by Rene Simon, she made her 1940 stage debut with "Phedre" billed as Maryse Arley. Read more...


Character: Bettina Verdi

Les amants de Vérone 1949

Character: Edmée 1900 / Edmée de Villebois

Les belles de nuit 1952

Character: Isabelle dos Santos

La prima notte 1959

Character: Contessa Vitelleschi

Vanina Vanini 1961