By Darius KADIVAR, reporting from
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
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
Anicée (Shahmanesh) Alvina
died on Nov 11th on Satruday morning in Paris at Age 53.
Poster of film Paul and Michelle ©Paramount
Official announcement of
Mrs. Alvina's Demise in
French Adami Paper.
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About the Author : Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance
Journalist and Film Historian. He
operated as Paris based Head of PR & Press for
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