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Alain Delon turns 88: why the twentieth-century sex symbol never became a Hollywood star, what he looks like now and whether he supports Ukraine

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Alain Delon celebrates his birthday on November 8

Today, November 8, French actor Alain Delon celebrates his 88th birthday. Even at such a venerable age, he remains a gallant, sophisticated, and gorgeous man, hunted by the paparazzi.

The sex symbol of the 20th century can still be seen in elegant suits and seductively unbuttoned shirts. At one time, women were crazy about his acting and charm, but the artist did not find happiness on the love front. OBOZ.UA decided to tell you the most interesting details from the biography of the actor, who is also a great friend of Ukraine (to see the photo, scroll to the bottom of the page) .

His childhood

Alain Delon grew up near Paris with his mother, who divorced his father when their son was three years old. His behavior upset his parents and teachers. The teenager grew up to be a defiant rebel, and he was even expelled from school.

Eventually, the parents decided that they did not have time to raise their son, so they gave him to a nurse. The future star spent several happy years in a foster home.

Alain Delon turns 88: why the twentieth-century sex symbol never became a Hollywood star, what he looks like now and whether he supports Ukraine

Before discovering his acting talent, the artist tried to become a butcher like his stepfather, served in the French Marines, and earned his living as a waiter, receptionist, and salesman.

Career

Alain Delon was never considered a Hollywood star. He achieved great success in Europe, participated in British and Japanese projects, but the American public did not accept him.

Alain Delon turns 88: why the twentieth-century sex symbol never became a Hollywood star, what he looks like now and whether he supports Ukraine

Thanks to his numerous roles as a passionate lover and heartthrob, Europeans went crazy for the attractive, charismatic and confident actor.

He was allowed to retire only at the age of 81, when Delon had hundreds of successful roles and dozens of prestigious awards. At one time, he was the highest paid actor in France and admitted that women, and men, admired him.

Alain Delon turns 88: why the twentieth-century sex symbol never became a Hollywood star, what he looks like now and whether he supports Ukraine

Personal life

There were many rumors about the Frenchman's affairs. He openly showed the public only those relationships that lasted for years, and sometimes for more than a decade. It is believed that the star has four children from different marriages, and those children have their own children - the actor's grandchildren.

Alain Delon turns 88: why the twentieth-century sex symbol never became a Hollywood star, what he looks like now and whether he supports Ukraine
Alain Delon turns 88: why the twentieth-century sex symbol never became a Hollywood star, what he looks like now and whether he supports Ukraine

His relationships with his heirs were not always cloudless. For example, Delon did not recognize Ari from singer Nico as a son, so he was raised by the actor's parents. Among the famous movie sex symbols: Romy Schneider, Natalie Barthelemy, Mireille Darke and Rosalie van Bremen. They divorced the latter in 2002.

Alain Delon turns 88: why the twentieth-century sex symbol never became a Hollywood star, what he looks like now and whether he supports Ukraine

Since then, Alain Delon has had another lover in his life, a Japanese woman named Hiromi Rollen. The actor was ready to call her his wife, but the star's children opposed it. They accused the woman of trying to cash in on their father's fortune, abusing him, and stealing. In 2023, rumors of their breakup surfaced.

Relationship with Ukraine

In 2022, the French TV channel TV5 Monde aired a conversation between the actor and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The head of state, referring to his former acting career, replied that he had never been as brilliant an actor as his interlocutor, and the Frenchman noted that he would never be as worthy of a president.

Alain Delon turns 88: why the twentieth-century sex symbol never became a Hollywood star, what he looks like now and whether he supports Ukraine

Prior to that, he joined a project of solidarity with the Ukrainian people organized by the Cyril Viguier journalistic team and the Ukrainian Embassy in France. As part of the project, the movie star read poems by Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA wrote about the whereabouts and appearance of the main characters of the School series, which broke all records on Ukrainian TV. Some of them left to seek happiness in Russia and the United States, while others stayed to develop the industry at home and became even more popular.

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