BORN 25 Sep 1935, Lille, Nord - DIED 16 Jan 1972, Versailles, Yvelines|
REAL NAME Tunc, Irène Pierrette Louise
GRAVE LOCATION Lyon: Cimetière de la Croix-Rousse, 63 Rue Philippe de Lassalle (Nouveau Cimetière, allée 17)
Irène tunc was the daughter of a furniture dealer. She worked as a mannaquin and in 1953 she was elected Miss Côte d'Azur in Juan-les-Pins. In 1954 she became Miss France. In the same year she made her film debut in "Camilla".
She studied acting in Paris at the school of Françoise Rosay and had further movie parts. In Italy she was able to get better parts than in France and she appeared in "La sposa" in 1958. In that year she married film maker Ivan Govar. A divorce followed in 1964.
At the time of the Nouvelle Vague her star rose in France as well. She had parts in "Léon Morin, prêtre" (1961) and in "Vivre pour vivre" (1967). In 1965 director Alain Cavalier became her second husband and she appeared in two of his movies.
In 1972 she sadly died in a car crash in Versailles, aged only 36. In 2009 Cavalier based his movie "Irène" on her diaries and dedicated it to her.