Marina Vlady

Marina Vlady

Vlady, 2009
Born Marina Catherine de Poliakoff-Baydaroff
(1938-05-10) 10 May 1938
Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Occupation Actress
Years active 1949–present
Spouse(s) Robert Hossein (1955–59; divorced)
Jean-Claude Brouillet (1963–66; divorced)
Vladimir Vysotsky (1970–80; his death)[1]
Partner(s) Léon Schwartzenberg (1981–2003; his death)
Children 3

Marina Vlady (born Marina Catherine de Poliakoff-Baydaroff; 10 May 1938) is a French actress.


Born in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine to Russian immigrant parents, she won the Best Actress Award at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival for The Conjugal Bed.[2]

From 1955-59 she was married to actor/director Robert Hossein. From 1963-66 she was married to Jean-Claude Brouillet, a French entrepreneur, owner of two airlines and member of French Resistance. From 1969 until his death in 1980 she was married to Soviet poet/songwriter Vladimir Vysotsky. From the 1980s until his death in 2003, she lived with French oncologist Léon Schwartzenberg.[3] In 1965 she was a member of the jury at the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.[4]

Marina Vlady's sisters, now all deceased, were the actresses Odile Versois, Hélène Vallier and Olga Baïdar-Poliakoff. Their father was an opera singer of Russian descent, and their mother was a dancer. The sisters began acting as children and for a while pursued a ballet career. She starred alongside Jean-Luc Godard as the female lead in 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (1967), and later portrayed the insightful and protective stepmother in the Italian film Il sapore del grano (aka: The Flavor of Corn) (1986). A rare English language role was as Kate Percy in Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight (1966). Her television credits include the 1983 mini series La Chambre des Dames.[5]

Marina Vlady, 1996

She wrote Vladimir, or the Aborted Flight, a memoir of her relationship with Vladimir Vysotsky. Marina Vlady was Vysotsky's last wife from 1969 to his death in 1980. She had been married before and had three children, while Vysotsky had two. Fueled by Marina's exotic status as a Frenchwoman in the Soviet Union, and Vladimir's unmatched popularity in his country, their love was passionate and impulsive. They were married in 1969.

For a decade, the couple maintained a long-distance relationship as Marina compromised her career in France in order to spend more time in Moscow, and his friends pulled strings for him to travel abroad. She eventually joined the Communist Party of France, which essentially gave her an unlimited-entry visa into the Soviet Union, and provided Vladimir with some immunity against prosecution by the government. The problems of his long-distance relationship with Vlady inspired several of Vysotsky's songs.


She and Léon Schwartzenberg participated in the protests against deportations of Arab workers from France.[6] She accepted a role in a film about a gay couple from Iran.[7]

Vlady is also continuing her career, both as a writer and as an actress. Among others, she has published a book on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, a topic that was close to Vysotsky's heart. She has continued acting on stage. She also came out with a one-woman show based on her book about Vysotsky.

Selected filmography



  1. Караев, Николай. "Марина Влади: Володя живет во мне – всегда". PostTimees. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  2. "Festival de Cannes: The Conjugal Bed". Retrieved 25 February 2009.
  3. fr:Marina Vlady
  4. "4th Moscow International Film Festival (1965)". (in Russian). Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  5. Marina Vlady at the Internet Movie Database
  6. Abdulova, Julia. "Юлия Абдулова: "Родителей познакомил Высоцкий"". Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  7. Karayev, Nikolai. "Марина Влади: Володя живет во мне – всегда". Postimees (in Russian). Retrieved 17 May 2013.
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