|Birth: ||May 8, 1914|
|Death: ||Dec. 2, 1980|
Aviator, Diplomat, Novelist, Screenwriter, Director. He was born Roman Kacew to Jewish parents, and raised in Wilno, Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania). Abandoned by his father, a Russian actor, he moved to Nice, France with his mother in 1928. He studied law and was a member of the French air force. He fled to England during the German occupation and served de Gaulle as a member of the Free French Forces in North Africa and Europe, receiving the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor. After WWII, he served in the French diplomatic service as the Secretary of the French delegation to the United Nations in 1952 and as General Counsel of France in Los Angeles in 1956. He published his first of more than 30 novels in 1945. He married Vogue editor Lesley Blanch in 1944, divorcing in 1961. He married American actress Jean Seberg in 1962 and would direct her in the film "Kill," for which he also wrote the screenplay. He adapted several of his other novels for the screen and worked as a screenwriter for the movie "The Longest Day." He is the only person to have won the Prix Goncourt twice. Awarded only once to the author of the best and most imaginative prose work of the year, he received it in 1956 for his novel "Les racines du ciel" (The Roots of Heaven), and again in 1975 for the novel "La vie devant soi" (The Life Before Us), one of five titles published under the pseudonym Émile Ajar. In a plot to conceal his identity, he persuaded a cousin to pose as Ajar for a period of time. He also published novels under the names of Fosco Sinibaldi and Shatan Bogat. Separated from Seberg and despondent over her 1979 suicide, he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Paris in 1980, leaving a note explaining the true identity of Émile Ajar. The city of Vilnius honored him in 2007 by erecting a bronze memorial recalling his youth there.
Jean Seberg (1938 - 1979)
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: Barry Zimmerman
Record added: Jun 02, 2010
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