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Anicee (Alvina) Shahmanesh (28th January 1954-11Th November 2006): Persian Sex Icon of French Cinema Dies in Paris at Age 53

By Darius KADIVAR, reporting from Paris



Anicée Alvina

Anicée Alvina was born Anicée Shahmanesh in Boulogne-sur-Seine, France on January 28th 1954 to an Iranian Father and French Mother. She was to become one of France's Post-68 years film egeries of such directors as Alain Robbe Grillet, and Gérard Blain. Revealed in the British-American Movie Friends starring Sean Bury, a love story between two teenagers who after having a child decide to leave their parents and grow up together. Released in a period when contraception was still illegal in many countries like France, the movie was a bold attempt to change mentalities about fatherhood and motherhood at a young age. The movie's success was also partly due to a music score by the then young Elton John which propelled him to the front page of International success and Music Charts of the 70's. A Sequel to the movie Paul and Michelle was to follow with an equal success.

Shahmanesh was to be noticed by some French New Wave Cinema directors who typecast her in films that had a provocative and erotic appeal. With Sylvia Kristel (Emmanuelle) she was to become one of the sex idols of the 70's and share the screen with such stars as Catherine Deneuve, Philippe Noiret and even Hollywood Star Robert Stack.


Persian Lolita:  Anicée Alvina

Mother of 4 children, her career had reached a dead stop by the late eighties even if she did appear in several critically noticed films in the 90's.

Her last film for television was Les Feux de L'Enfer aka the Fires of Hell which was released in 2005.

Anicée (Shahmanesh) Alvina died on Nov 11th on Satruday morning in Paris at Age 53.


Poster of film Paul and Michelle ©Paramount Pictures


Author's Notes:

Official announcement of Mrs. Alvina's Demise in French Adami Paper.

Recommended Reading : On Anicée Alvina's Films by  Darius KADIVAR

Recommended Reading : A discreet Iranian by Darius KADIVAR


About the Author : Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist and Film Historian.
He operated as Paris based Head of PR & Press for WAALM® 2nd annual Awards 2006.


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