Filled Under: Corinne Calvet
Corinne Calvet was a statuesque seductive French actress who appeared mostly in American films from the late 1940’s to the early 80’s.
Calvet was born Corinne Dibos April 30, 1925 in Paris, France. She studied criminal law at the Sorbonne and made her debut in French radio, stage plays and cinema in the 1940s before being brought to Hollywood in the 1940s by producer Hal B. Wallis. He cast her in “Rope of Sand” (1949) opposite Burt Lancaster and Paul Henreid. In the 1950s, Calvet appeared in a string of films, usually playing French characters, opposite such leading men as Danny Kaye in “On the Riviera” (1951), Joseph Cotten in “Peking Express” (1951), James Cagney in “What Price Glory?” (1952), James Stewart in “The Far Country” (1954), Alan Ladd in “Thunder in the East” (1952), Tony Curtis in “So This Is Paris” (1955) and in “Sailor Beware” (1952) with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Calvet also continued to act in Italian and French productions as well as making appearances on American television series, with occasional roles in films. She made a rare television appearance on the “Colgate Comedy Hour” with Donald O’Connor on February 3, 1952, televised nationwide by NBC and would also appear on television in “Ford Television Theatre” in 1954, and “The Red Skelton Show” in 1956. Later in her career she made guest appearances on television shows such as “Burke’s Law”, “Police Story”, “Batman”, “Starsky & Hutch”, “Hart to Hart”, and “General Hospital”. Her last film was in “The Sword and the Sorcerer” (1982). In her memoir, entitled ‘Has Corinne Been a Good Girl?’ (1983), she stated that the roles she played for Hollywood studios never challenged her acting ability.
Calvet was married three times. Her first marriage was to actor John Bromfield from 1948 to 1954 who had co-starred with her in Rope of Sand and who, she claimed had been ordered to marry her by his studio. She was then married to Jeffrey Stone from 1955 to 1962 and Robert J. Wirt from 1968 to 1971. All three marriages ended in divorce.
After the publication of her memoir in 1983, Corinne retired from acting and re-invented herself as a therapist, specialising in hypnosis. She settled down in Santa Monica, California where she died on June 23, 2001 of a cerebral hemorrhage.