Carole Lombard (October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American actress, particularly noted for her energetic, often off-beat roles in screwball comedies. After marrying Clark Gable, "The King of Hollywood", Lombard and Gable became the supercouple of Hollywood.
Carolyn Jeanne Bessette-Kennedy (January 7, 1966 – July 16, 1999) was a publicist for Calvin Klein. After marriying John F. Kennedy Jr., they became a supercouple in New York as well in the US.
The two women with extraordinary beauty showed more similarities in their life before both being killed tragically by airplane crash.
1. They are both blond haired beauty
2. They were both the third and youngest child of their parents
Carole Lombard was the third child and the youngest child, the only daughter of her parents;
Carolyn Bessette was the third and youngest child of her parents, with a pair of twin older sisters.
2. Their parents divorced when they were young
Carole Lombard's parents both descended from wealthy families and her early years were lived in comfort. The marriage between her parents was strained, however, and in October 1914, her mother took the children and moved to Los Angeles;
Carolyn Bessette's parents divorced when she was very young. Her mother later remarried Richard Freeman, an orthopedic surgeon, and moved to Old Greenwich, Connecticut.
3. They both have a high profile marriage with a high profiled man
Carole Lombard married Clark Gable, the biggest star of MGM, "The King of Hollywood";
Carolyn Bessette married John Kennedy Jr. the only son of ex President John Kennedy and his wife Jackie Kennedy, "The American Prince".
4. They both died of airplane crash
In the early morning hours of January 16, 1942, Carole Lombard, her mother and Winkler boarded a Transcontinental and Western Air Douglas DST (Douglas Sleeper Transport) aircraft to return to California.
After refueling in Las Vegas, the airplane crashed shortly after taking off again. All 22 aboard, including Lombard, her mother, and 15 U.S. Army soldiers, were killed instantly.
Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy died on July 16, 1999, along with her husband John F. Kennedy Jr. and her older sister Lauren, when the light plane John was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the western coast of Martha's Vineyard.
5. They were both 33 years old when they died, and on date 16.
Carole Lombard was born on October 6, 1908 and died on January 16, 1942, She was 33 years old.
Carolyn Besette was born on 7 January 1966 and died on 16 July 1999. She was 33 years old.
6. At the time of their early death, they were both married less than 3 years.
Carole Lombard married to Clark Gable on March 29, 1939, and died on January 16, 1942.
Carolyn Bessette married to John Kenney Jr. on September 21, 1966 and died on July 16, 1999.
Tribute: Patrick Dupond, ex artistic director and principle dancer of Ballet Opéra de Paris, dies at 61 years old
The former Paris Opera principal dancer and artistic director Patrick Dupond died on Friday at the age of 61 from a “devastating illness”, according to his life and work partner and Leïla Da Rocha.
Patrick Dupond started dancing from very early age, as his mother wanted to channel the energy of this mischievous and turbulent boy after the death of his father. Ballet became the solution and then his passion, devotion, vocation.
Max Bozzoni, former dancer at the Paris Opera took this exceptionally gifted boy under his wing and became his “teacher for life” until Bozzoni's death in 2003.
With the help of his mentor and his own god given talent and hard work, Patrick Dupond was destined to be a star.
In 1970, he entered the dance school of the Paris Opera, 10 years later in 1980, he became the star dancer of Paris Opera Ballet, and another 10 years later in 1990 he became dance director of the Paris Opera Ballet, succeeding Rudolph Nureyev, after the later died of aids, a post which he held for 5 years.
During his brilliant dancing career, he has danced in all classic repertoire from Swan Lake to Don Quixote, and after becoming the star dancer of Paris Opera Ballet, he has worked with the greatest choreographers, including Maurice Béjart, Roland Petit, John Neumeier, Alvin Ailey as well as Nureyev himself.
Patrick Dupond not only fulfilled the ultimate dream of a ballet dancer, but also became one of the most adored stars to his public, in France as well as internationally.
In 1990, he also became an actor, playing in the thriller film Dancing machine, opposite Alain Delon and American actress Tonya Kinzinger.
But just when everything looked rosy in this star's life, it started to change color, the color of blue.
In 1997, Patrick Dupond was dismissed from Ballet Opéra de Paris as he had different vision of its future than that of the management. Although he accepted this decision with grace and was finally compensated, this incident left a profound wound in him.
But the worse had yet to come. In 2000, he was the victim of a serious car accident, after 134 stitches, all doctors announced to him: he can never dance again.
For Patrick Dupond, dancing is everything. When he was 17 years old, he told the journalist who interview him that he wanted to live for dance.
Life became completely black for him.
He sank into depression and made friends with alcool. But the dance in him did not die. Again with the help of Max Bozzoni, his eternal mentor, Patrick Dupont started daily training and was able to dance again in a few month and even went back to stage shortly.
But it was not until he met Leïla Da Rocha, a professional basket ball player converted into an oriental dancer who founded her own dancing school, that Patrick recovered his joie de vivre. He noved to Soissons, near Paris to be with Leïla and they run the dancing school together ever since.
For the general public in France, Patric Dupont became well known after he became a member of the jury for the reality show Danse avec les stars in 2018 and 2019.
Leïla Da Rocha has described the departure of her love poetically: “Patrick Dupond s’est envolé ce matin pour danser avec les étoiles”. (Patrick Dupond has taken off to dance with the stars.)
International woman's day is 110 years old in 2021, the same age as Renée Simonot, mother of Catherine Deneuve, the oldest actress in the world
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It was first honored in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March, 1911, and today it celebrates its 110th year of birth.
Renée Simonot, French actress and voice artist, mother of also French actress Catherine Deneuve, will also celebrate her 110th birthday this year, a very inspiring and empowering coincidence!
Renée-Jeanne Simonot, her real name Jeanne Renée Deneuve(the maiden name which Catherine Deneuve used for her stage name) was born on 10 September 1911, and she is the oldest living actress in the world.
The second French actress who has lived more than 100 years after Renée-Jeanne Simonot is Gisèle Casadesus (14 June 1914 – 24 September 2017), who died at 103 years old.
Born in Le Havre, Renée-Jeanne Simonot debuted at the Odéon Theatre in 1918 at the age of seven. Primarily a stage actress, she remained there for 28 years, holding the post of "leading lady".
Renée Simonot was one of the first French actresses to begin the dubbing of American films in France from the beginning of the talkies in 1929 through the 1930s. She was the voice of Olivia de Havilland (in most of her films), Sylvia Sidney, Judy Garland, Donna Reed and Esther Williams, among others.
Renée Simonot had her first daughter, Danielle, out of wedlock on 27 October 1936.
A few years later, she met Maurice Dorléac while dubbing for MGM, and they married in 1940. The couple had three daughters: Françoise Dorléac (1942–1967), Catherine Deneuve (born 22 October 1943) and Sylvie Dorléac (born 14 December 1946).
Renée Simonot Simonot has been a widow since 1979 and lives alone in an apartment in Paris, 16e arrondissement.
Catherine Deneuve sees her mother not only as someone who has given her birth but also a source of inspiration, "a pretty incredible woman" ("une femme assez incroyable")who has made her who she is today.
In an interview with Le Monde in 2012, Catherine Deneuve has described her mother's life like this:"...It's incredible!...She lives alone, she plays bridge, she wears glasses but has very good hearing and her brain works great. It's certainly a heartwarming image of old age. I tell myself that we, my sisters and I must have taken a lot from her in terms of energy!
(« C'est incroyable, oui : ma mère a 100 ans ! Bientôt 101. Elle vit seule chez elle, joue au bridge, porte des lunettes mais conserve une très bonne ouïe et une tête formidable. C'est assurément une image réconfortante de la vieillesse. Je me dis que, question énergie, on doit tenir pas mal de ma mère, mes sœurs et moi !)
In an interview conducted a few months before her 102nd birthday in 2013, Renée Simonot said: "My old age is not sad. I am lucky to be very surrounded. There is not a day where I don't get a phone call or a visit from my children and grandchildren."
In 2019, ahead of her mother Renée Simonot's 108th birthday, Catherine Deneuve told Gala: "It's pretty amazing, it comes from her genes. My sisters and I are holding her. She has been in a home for two or three years. At the same time it's a little scary, it still seems very far in life. I am all the more surprised by her longevity that she is not sick."