Tragic Stars: Irène Tunc


French actress Irène Tunc had a promising acting career that was cut short at the height of her fame when she died in a car accident in 1972, in the city of Versailles. She only starred in two PEPLUM films, APHRODITE GODDESS OF LOVE (1958), and CONQUEROR OF THE ORIENT (1960), with APHRODITE being her best role/work in the genre.

At the time of the accident she was married famed director Alain Cavalier. In fact, she had made her first film with Cavalier prior to the accident. Devastated by the loss of his wife, Cavalier didn't work for eight years. Irène also had starred in other prestigious films by directors such as Francois Truffaut and Alain Resnais.

Posted at the Tragic Stars permanent page


Above and below: Irène had a starring role in this excellent PEPLUM. She was beautiful and convincing as a scheming courtesan.




Irèn's second PEPLUM movie was a lesser effort but she still shone through. A low budget movie to be exact but her glamorous look made it look less cheap.


Irène in LA CHAMADE (1968), directed by her husband Alain Cavalier

No comments: