A LIFE LONG FRENCH LOVE AFFAIR
He was France’s Elvis, she remains the grande dame of French cinema. But only now, three years after Johnny Hallyday’s death at 74, has an alleged lifelong romance with actress Catherine Deneuve been revealed to their astonished fans.
A new biography of Hallyday claims they first became lovers as teens and their affair, conducted in secret trysts, carried on for years. Hallyday was a hugely popular rocker of the 1960s who exerted an unshakable hold over the French. Deneuve, 76, shown, dubbed “the ice queen,” won a BAFTA for 1967’s Belle de Jour and has been nominated 31 times for a Cesar, the French Oscar.
In his new book, Lady Lucille, Gilles Lhote said they went to great lengths to hide their long romance from the world after hitting it off when they starred in the 1961 film Les Parisiennes.