N.p. N.p., Circa 1950s. Collection of 26 vintage photographs of actress Martine Carol, seen here traveling in Asia with her then husband, Christian-Jaque. All photos, shot by an unknown photographer, feature the bubbly Parisian galavanting with geishas, posing outdoors, enjoying Asian culture, and hamming for the camera. Nearly all photos have Carol's and/or Jaque's name rubber-stamped on the verso, and two photos with Cal-Pictures rubber stamps on the versos. Included is a UniFrance Film press photo envelope.
Carol (1920-1967) began acting under the tutelage of Rene Simon, with her first film credit in Richard Pottier's crime thriller "La ferme aux loups" (1943). During her heyday in the 1940s and 1950s, she was the leading sex symbol of French cinema, considered France's Marilyn Monroe. Notable films include "Beware Blondes" (1950), "Lucrece Borgia" (1953), "Madame du Barry" (1954), "Nana" (1955), "Lola Montes" (1955), and "Ten Seconds to Hell" (1959). Carol lost popularity by 1960 to the fresh-faced Brigitte Bardot and her knack for choosing in controversial roles, and a growing substance abuse habit.
Film director Christian-Jaque and Martine Carol were married in 1954 and divorced four years later, dating these photos to about that time. One image features the two appearing before a sign for the premier opening of the New Bridge Theatre, then showing Christian-Jaque's "Adorable Creatures" (1952), starring Carol.
23 photos 5 x 7 inches, 1 photo 7 x 8.5 inches, 2 photos 8 x 10 inches. Some with borders. All slightly curling, else Near Fine.