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Françoise Arnoul (born June 3, 1931[1]) is a French actress, who achieved popularity by her cute and sexy charm during especially the 1950s.

Born Françoise Annette Marie Mathilde Gautsch in Constantine, France (now Algeria),[2] as the daughter of stage actress Janine Henry and artillery general Charles Gautsch, she has two brothers. While her father equips further military service in Morocco, the rest of family migrated to Paris in 1945.

After learning drama there, she was noticed by director Willy Rozier, who offered her a major role in the film L'Épave (1949).

Arnoul starred in such films as Henri Verneuil's Forbidden Fruit (1952), Jean Renoir's French Can-Can (1954), Des gens sans importance (1956) with Jean Gabin, Henri Decoin's La Chatte (1958), Le Chemin des écoliers (1959) with Bourvil, and Jean Cocteau's Testament of Orpheus (1960).

Later in life, she moved into television appearing in different TV movies and mini-series, also turning to character parts. She published her autobiography entitled Animal doué de bonheur in 1995.[3]

In 1956, Arnoul was married to publicity agent Georges Cravenne with whom she met two years ago, but separated in 1960.[4] From 1964, she became companion of French director/scriptwriter Bernard Paul, which lasted until his death in 1980.


Selected filmography


  1. ^ Source : son extrait de naissance n° 1931.RET.01312 (Les Gens du Cinéma).
  2. ^ Françoise Arnoul at BFI Film & TV Database
  3. ^ "Animal doue de bonheur". Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  4. ^ Grenier, Christian. "Françoise Arnoul". DvdToile. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 


  • Françoise Arnoul avec Jean-Louis Mingalon, Animal doué de bonheur, Éditions Belfond, Paris, 1995 , ISBN 2-7144-3244-1.

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