Jacques Bergerac (1927-2014)

Romanian postcard by Casa Filmului Acin. Photo: Publicity still for Missione speciale Lady Chaplin/Operation Lady Chaplin (Alberto De Martino, Sergio Grieco, 1966) with Daniela Bianchi and
Jacques Bergerac.

Beautiful Daniela Bianchi (1942) is an Italian actress, whose best known part was luscious
Soviet cipher clerk Tatiana Romanova in the James Bond film From Russia with Love (1963). She played in several more Eurospy films during the 1960s.

On 15 June, French actor Jacques Bergerac died at his home in Anglet in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques region of
southwest France. He made a name for himself in European and Hollywood
films such as the classic musical Gigi (1958) and the cult horror film Hypnotic Eye. Bergerac married two of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses
during the 1950s and 1960s. He was 87.

Jacques Bergerac was born in Biarritz, France in 1927. He was a
handsome law student, when he met Hollywood star Ginger Rogers in 1952
in France. She landed him a screen test, which led to a role in the
British film Beautiful Stranger/Twist of Fate (David Miller, 1954)
which was shot on location at the French Riviera. The 27-years-old
Bergerac became in 1953 the fourth husband of the Oscar-winning
actress, who was 16 years his senior. He left his law studies behind
in France and returned to the US with Rogers to pursue an acting
career. He played supporting parts in the drama Strange Intruder
(Irving Rapper, 1956) and in the French film Marie-Antoinette reine de
France/Marie Antoinette Queen of France (Jean Delannoy, 1956) starring
Michèle Morgan. After his divorce from Rogers in 1957, Bergerac
remarried Academy Award-winning actress Dorothy Malone after courting
one another in Hong Kong. Bergerac received favorable reviews for his
work in the musicals Les Girls (George Cukor, 1957) with Gene Kelly,
Gigi (Vincente Minnelli, 1958) starring Leslie Caron, and the campy
horror film The Hypnotic Eye (George Blair, 1960) .

Jacques Bergerac gained his US citizenship in 1963. During the 1960s,
he appeared in a slew of international B-films. These include the
American thriller Fear No More (Bernard Wiesen, 1961), the Italian
comedy Una domenica d’estate/Always on Sunday (Giulio Petroni, 1962)
with Jean-Pierre Aumont, the Peplum L’ira di Achille/Fury of Achilles
(Marino Girolami, 1962), the Bob Hope comedy A Global Affair (Jack
Arnold. 1964), Ettore Scola’s comedy La congiuntura/One Million
Dollars (1964) with Vittorio Gassman and Joan Collins, and the Eurospy
film Missione speciale Lady Chaplin/Operation Lady Chaplin (Alberto De
Martino, Sergio Grieco, 1966) with Daniela Bianchi. In between he
appeared in several popular American TV shows, including The Dick Van
Dyke Show (1963), Perry Mason (1964), The Beverly Hillbillies (1967),
The Lucy Show (1967) and Batman (1967-1968). His last TV appearance
was on The Doris Day Show in 1969. After leaving the film world,
Bergerac returned to Paris and became an exec with Revlon Cosmetics,
working under his brother Michael who was president and chairman of
the company. Jacques Bergerac is survived by two daughters, Mimi and
Diane, with Dorothy Malone.

Sources: Jordyn Holman (Variety), Wikipedia and IMDb.

Jacques Bergerac (1927-2014)

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