The most popular of French actors, Alain Delonliving in Switzerland for many years, through one of his children demanded that he be euthanized due to the pain he is experiencing as a result of an advanced disease, even more complicated depression which has been dragging on for a long time. Last November, at his eighty-sixth birthday, he said goodbye to film in 2019 as he slowly recovered from a stroke that left him in a wheelchair. Since then, his health has deteriorated. The death of his great friend and colleague had a profound effect on him. Jean-Paul Belmondo in September 2021, whose funeral he attended, his figure, especially his face, deteriorated greatly. Whoever was one of the most attractive men in European cinema, he was already aware of his extreme decline. He returned to his Swiss home, a country where euthanasia is legal, duly protected by law. Some time ago, at his request, he was granted citizenship of the Alpine country, which he chose to live in, fleeing the pressure of the French treasury.
Alain Delon was sad childhood and youth. His parents separated when he was only four years old; remained under maternal care. It is not difficult to imagine how a violent kid at that age, outside of his father’s presence, commits all sorts of outrages. And there, in the future actor, an independent, quarrelsome character was forged, which he would later develop in his youth with greater malice. He had to start working at the age of fourteen as a seller in the fish market, he left volunteered for the war in Indochina and upon his return he entered the fleet as a paratrooper. He also turned out to be an unloader at the Central Market of Paris. And the waiter.
Coincidentally, he made his film debut with brief assignments. And in 1969 he shot in Italy on the orders of Luchino Visconti a film that was supposed to push him to participate in the following productions: Rocco and his brothers. The great director, with a wide culture, an aristocrat with a refined life, was a notorious homosexual. He fell in love with the beauty of Alena. It was never possible to check if there was an intimate relationship between them, but a shadow of suspicion has always hovered over the career of a French heartthrob who once accused one of his sons of being an outright macho, would once claim that he understood “gays” very well “.
two years before Rocco and his brothers Delon made a film that, without much consequences after the premiere, was to determine his union with one of the women in his life. His title was love affairs, has never been better associated with his fame as a seducer. Her name was Romy Schneiderwho came to the star sissy and a series of sequel films about this Austrian empress, whose existence is greatly sweetened by these whimsical plots. Romy wanted to break with this somewhat sentimental image, and this prompted her to accept the role of more liberated women on the screen. They later met again on set. Christinawhen they fell in love. It was 1959, he was twenty-three, she was three years younger. The funny thing is that Romy didn’t like Alain at first, which she said was boring. And in response, he accused her of conceit. In fact, he was handsome. Several years of romantic passion until Alain broke up with her in 1963 because of his love affairs with other women passing by. But they met again Swimming pool, where she showed her charms, and he showed that he is already a wonderful performer. If there were friction behind the cameras, they were not enough to resume the abruptly interrupted romance. And parted as good friends. Since then, Romy Schneider’s life has been filled with moments of sadness, melancholy and a constant memory of the person she loved most in her life: Alain Delaunay. He married, lost his son in tragic circumstances, and died in 1982, allegedly from barbiturate use, which, despite forensic intervention, has never been publicly proven. Then Delon expressed his pain in his heart with this phrase: “My beautiful angel is gone.”
After they left, Alain continued to work diligently in films, interacting with countless women. One of them was a German singer Niko. Upon learning of this idyll, Romy Schneider screamed to heaven, asking for an explanation from Alain, who, with his usual behavior, ignored her cries. Niko became for him just entertainment, a whim. But she gave birth to a boy, registered as Christian Aaron Bulong, since the Frenchman left, not wanting to know anything about this child. After a long trial, the actor had no choice but to be sentenced. acknowledge paternity.
He had another intense affair in 1972 with a good Egyptian-born singer, Delilah, which was successful in France and partly in Spain, where he recorded a song dedicated to Manuel Benitez “El Cordobés”. She and Alain recorded the song “Parole, Parole” together, which was premiered by Mina in Italy and by Carmen Sevilla and Paco Rabal in Spain. Dalida also had other hobbies. I dined with her. She had an aggressive blonde beauty with a penetrating gaze. Cheerful on the outside, but I don’t know why it seemed to me that there was a trace of sadness inside. He experienced a bitter episode when, at the Sanremo festival, his lover, who had his performance disqualified, committed suicide. he called Luigi Tenkothat of “chao, amore, chao”. And what fate: after a while, Dalida also committed suicide.
If we connect the disappearance of Romy Schneider and Dalida with tragic circumstances, then Alain Delon left behind two exquisite corpses. Of course, if he has nothing to do with these deaths. It was in 1964 when an attractive Moroccan named Natalie Canovas Berthelemywith whom he appeared in several films. They got married and she naturally took her husband’s surname, which would also be used for her artistic career. Alain and Nathalie Delon were a frequent couple in the French and European press in general. The son born of their love, Anthony, solidified their coexistence until their love also ended, we don’t know if it’s used so often, to paraphrase the melody of Manuel Alejandro. Because couples who knew each other hinted that already in the last days of their marriage they had almost no sexual relations and that they lived as if they were just good brothers. Who left whom? We ignore it, but Alain said very proudly that not a single woman supported him. His time will come. Mireille Dark passed away in 2021.
After Romy Schneider, the one he loved most was an actress Mireille Dark, the owner of a cat’s look. Highly regarded in French cinema. They were together for fifteen years without getting married. They always gave the impression of being very fond of each other. With all this, they settled in 1982. Mimi, as he affectionately called her, did not break off the friendship between them. And his disappearance in 2017 left Delon in deep remorse.
Mireille was followed by a Dutch actress and singer in 1987. Rosalie Van Breemanwhom he first saw on the set Come to the cinema. They never got married, but fell in love with each other so much that they lived together until 2002. a couple of children Anushka, the actor’s favorite, and Alain Fabien filled his house. Rosalie was said to have gotten tired of Alain when a billionaire from the optical industry crossed paths in her life. For a gallant, it was like a “burnt horn”. He went into depression. The first time the lady left him overnight. His time has come, as we indicated earlier.
his final years
And already in the new century, Alain Delon was losing his beauty. It didn’t break as many hearts as yesterday. As his appeal and, by the way, his price in the cinema fell, he plunged into a melancholic well. He didn’t even get along with his children.. Anthony, the eldest son, was somewhat stupid (as I myself saw in Madrid during the golf championship, to which he was invited, of course, without participation, only because of his surname) and gave him more than one problem. And his brothers were not shy about declaring in the press how little they loved their father. They branded him a sexist, a misogynist, a fascist and a homophobe. And Alain Fabien recalled that as a child he once locked him in a kennel, “to make him tougher.”
There is no doubt that Alain Delon felt abandoned, without the warmth of his descendants, without the company of a real woman who loved him. And in his old, secluded Swiss home, he announced his retirement in 2017. However, interpreting himself, in November 2019, he appeared in front of the cameras for the last time, in External similarity, which was put on television talk shows, those talk shows and performances, pure performance. He wanted, before his strength and memory finally left him, to shoot on his own initiative a script called empty house. He was unable to fulfill his wish. His heart problems prevented this. Thus French cinema has lost one of its greatest actors, still alive. Of course, he did not become Gerard Philippe, but he surpassed him in popularity and the number of films. In the spring of 2019, as usual, in the month of May, he was able to proudly walk the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival, where he will be awarded Honorary Palme d’Or. He deserved it. His smile was already approaching a grimace, wrinkles crossed his face, and the brightness of the cat’s eyes faded.
His days have been painful so far. Between nostalgia and pain. Already in serene moments, he could say that he was enjoying life. The one that now wants to be removed. Brigitte Bardotanother distant icon of French cinema, uttered a phrase as happy as it was devastating: “Delon’s last woman will be Death”. One who is waiting for the competent Swiss authorities in his case to decide so, allowing him to inject sodium pentobarbital, a lethal drug used in criminal death sentences.
A hotly debated topic that brings us to the story of the Galician Ramon Sampedro. The Catholic Church has always opposed euthanasia.