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Also Known As: Died: November 23, 1995
Born: October 30, 1932 Cause of Death: lymphoma
Birth Place: France Profession: director, screenwriter, producer

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One of the most consistently innovative and risk-taking filmmakers of his generation, Louis Malle directed a number of critically acclaimed films both in his native France and the United States, but rarely received the attention that his work commanded. Malle first made a splash for his award-winning documentary with Jacques Cousteau, "Le Monde du silence" (1955), and made an effective transition to narrative filmmaking with "Elevator to the Gallows" (1957) and the controversial drama "The Lovers" (1958). He went on to helm the masterful character drama "The Fire Within" (1963) and had a major international success with the one-of-a-kind documentary series "Phantom India" (1969). After oscillating between French-made documentaries and features throughout the 1970s, Malle made his American debut with the highly charged, but ultimately mundane "Pretty Baby" (1978), before faring much better with the atmospheric crime drama "Atlantic City" (1980), which earned him his only Best Director nomination at the Academy Awards. From there, he directed his most creatively daring film, "My Dinner with Andre" (1984), returned to France for the explicitly autobiographical "Au Revoir les enfants" (1987), and ended...

One of the most consistently innovative and risk-taking filmmakers of his generation, Louis Malle directed a number of critically acclaimed films both in his native France and the United States, but rarely received the attention that his work commanded. Malle first made a splash for his award-winning documentary with Jacques Cousteau, "Le Monde du silence" (1955), and made an effective transition to narrative filmmaking with "Elevator to the Gallows" (1957) and the controversial drama "The Lovers" (1958). He went on to helm the masterful character drama "The Fire Within" (1963) and had a major international success with the one-of-a-kind documentary series "Phantom India" (1969). After oscillating between French-made documentaries and features throughout the 1970s, Malle made his American debut with the highly charged, but ultimately mundane "Pretty Baby" (1978), before faring much better with the atmospheric crime drama "Atlantic City" (1980), which earned him his only Best Director nomination at the Academy Awards. From there, he directed his most creatively daring film, "My Dinner with Andre" (1984), returned to France for the explicitly autobiographical "Au Revoir les enfants" (1987), and ended his career - which was cut short by cancer - with the clever "Vanya on 42nd Street" (1994). From undersea documentaries to romantic thrillers; from exposés on poverty to extended dinner conversations, Malle's work could hardly have been more diverse, challenging and worthy of the highest praise.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) Director
2.
  Damage (1992) Director
3.
  May Fools (1990) Director
4.
  God's Country (1986) Director
5.
  Alamo Bay (1985) Director
6.
  Crackers (1984) Director
7.
  My Dinner with Andre (1981) Director
8.
  Atlantic City (1980) Director
9.
  Pretty Baby (1978) Director
10.
  Black Moon (1975) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1997) Himself
2.
 La Vie de Boheme (1992) Gentleman
3.
 God's Country (1986)
4.
 De Weg Naar Bresson (1984) Himself
5.
6.
 Au Revoir, Les Enfants (1974) Narration
8.
 A Very Curious Girl (1970) Jesus
9.
 Calcutta (1969)
10.
 Calcutta (1969)
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1954:
Directorial debut doing underwater sequences, "The House on the Waterfront"
1954:
Began working with Jacques Cousteau as assistant director, "Calypso cap au sud"
1957:
Feature film directing debut and screenplay adaptation, "Elevator to the Gallows"
1958:
Directed and scripted breakthrough film, "The Lovers"
1978:
US feature film debut, "Pretty Baby"
1995:
Diagnosed with an invasive lymphoma that broke down his immune system and attacked his brain
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Education

Jesuit College at Fontainebleau: -
Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Sorbonne, University of Paris: -
College des Carmes: -
Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques: - 1950 - 1953

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companion:
Maxime de la Falaise. Had two.
companion:
Maxime de la Falaise. Born in 1922; had relationship in the mid-1950s for approximately three years.
companion:
Jeanne Moreau. Three; survived him.
companion:
Jeanne Moreau. Actor. Were romantically involved during shooting of "Elevator to the Gallows" (1957) and "The Lovers" (1958).
wife:
Anne-Marie Deschodt. Married in 1965; divorced in 1967.
wife:
Anne-Marie Deschodt. Had three.
companion:
Gila von Weitershausen. Actor. German; mother of Malle's son.
companion:
Gila von Weitershausen. Had 14 grandchildren; survived her.
companion:
Alexandra Stewart. Kaufmann was also married during the time he was involved with Fassbinder.
companion:
Alexandra Stewart. Actor. Mother ot Justine Malle.
companion:
Susan Sarandon. Actor. Together in the 1970s.
companion:
Susan Sarandon. Divorced.
wife:
Candice Bergen. Mother, Frances Rudge.
wife:
Candice Bergen. Actor. Second wife; married in 1980; survived him.
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father:
Pierre Malle. Naval officer later became director of wife's sugar refineries.
father:
Pierre Malle. Had two.
mother:
Francoise Malle. Heiress of sugar fortune.
mother:
Francoise Malle. Had two other children; survived her.
brother:
Vincent Malle. Horse breeder.
brother:
Vincent Malle. Producer. Older; married to actor Dorothy Lyman; survived him.
son:
Cuathemoc Malle. Born c. 1971; mother, German actor Gila von Weitershausen; survived him.
daughter:
Justine Malle. Survived him.
daughter:
Justine Malle. Born c. 1974; mother, actor Alexandra Stewart was not married to Malle; survived him.
daughter:
Chloe Malle. Born 1985; mother, Candice Bergen; survived him.
daughter:
Chloe Malle. Mother, Frances Rudge.
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