Mila Parely

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Mila Parély (born October 7, 1917 in Paris as Olga Colette Peszynsky , † January 14, 2012 in Vichy ) was a French actress.

life and career

Mila Parély, who was born in Paris to Polish parents, first appeared in front of the camera for the film Baby at the age of 16 . In the 1930s she was able to establish herself mainly with comical supporting roles in French film and towards the end of the decade she played the larger supporting role of Geneviève in Jean Renoir's film classic The Rules of the Game (1939). Even after the outbreak of the Second World War, she continued to work as an actress and was seen, for example, directed by Robert Bresson and Georg Wilhelm Pabst . In 1946 Parély appeared in Jean Cocteau's fairy tale film Beauty and the Beast alongside leading actor Jean Marais as one of the sisters. Parély was married to Jean Marais from 1944 until his divorce in 1946, although this was homosexual and actually in a relationship with director Cocteau.

In 1947 the actress married the British racing driver Thomas "Taso" Mathieson (1908–1991). Then Parély began to work less in France, but more in Great Britain as an actress. For example, she played the leading female role in the comedy Blood Orange (1953) with Tom Conway . In the late 1950s, Parély retired from acting to care for her husband, who sustained serious injuries in a racing accident. She made a small comeback in the late 1980s and appeared in two films before finally saying goodbye to acting. Mila Parély died in 2012 at the age of 94 in Vichy, France, where she had spent the last 50 years of her life.

Filmography (selection)

  • 1933: baby
  • 1934: Liliom
  • 1938: Le drame de Shanghai
  • 1938: The street of love (Remontons les Champs-Élysées)
  • 1939: La charrette fantôme
  • 1939: The rules of the game (La règle du jeu)
  • 1943: The Song of Songs of Love (Les Anges du péché)
  • 1945: Father Sergius (Le père Serge)
  • 1946: Chanson of love (Étoile sans lumière)
  • 1946: Once upon a time (La Belle et la Bête)
  • 1948: Snowbound
  • 1952: Pläsier (Le Plaisir)
  • 1953: Blood Orange
  • 1989: Summer Comedy (Comédie d'été)
  • 1991: La grande dune (TV movie)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. obituary Mila Parely
  2. Obituary for Mila Parely at Purepeople (French)