Jean Marais Autograph on old Austrian Photo Postcard

Jean Marais : 4 in. X 5.8 in. b/w photo of the young Jean Marais, hand signed with dedication. Clear autograph.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Jean Marais, born Jean-Alfred Villain-Marais (1913 –1998), was a French actor.

On the basis of his looks and wavy blonde hair, he was able to wangle a few minor film roles from 1933 onward, beginning with Jean Tarride's Etienne, but the big breaks were not forthcoming until Marais met and befriended director Jean Cocteau. Marais would later describe his first encounter with Cocteau as his "second birth" The latter's homosexuality has frequently cast aspersions concerning his real stake in Marais' well-being, but the fact remains that Marais truly blossomed as an actor with starring roles in such Cocteau films as L'Eternel Retour (1943), Beauty and the Beast (1946), and Orpheus (1950).

Thanks to Cocteau, Marais became one of the most popular French film personalities of the postwar era, with the country's top directors clamoring for his services. The two would remain professionally and personally close until Cocteau's death in 1963.

In the early 1960s, the still strikingly handsome Jean Marais became something of a Gallic Roger Moore, appearing in such adventure-film series as Fantomas and The Saint.

Marais received France's highest tribute, the Legion of Honor for his contribution to French cinema .

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