Desny, Ivan

BORN 28 Dec 1922, Beijing - DIED 13 Apr 2002, Ascona, Ticino
BIRTH NAME Desnitskij, Ivan Nikolai
CAUSE OF DEATH pneumonia
GRAVE LOCATION Ascona, Ticino: Cimitero Comunale, Via Losone

Ivan Desny was the son a Russian diplomat and a Swedish mother. He went to school in Teheran, Washington, Paris and Brisbaine. He studied law and during the Second World War he was intererred in a German camp. After the war he was educated for diplomacy in Cambridge, but he abandoned his studies and took acting lessons in Paris under René Simon.

Between 1947 and 1949 he had some small parts in movies in London and in 1950 he appeared in David Lean's "Madeleine". After playing in several French movies, in the 1950s he appeared in German movies as well. In Germany he worked with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders. In 1956 he appeared in Falk Harnack's "Anastasia, die letzte Zarentochter" next to Lilli Palmer. Desny and Palmer also appeared in Harnack's "Wie ein Sturmwind" ("Tempestuous Love", 1957). He also appeared in many German television productions.

In 1985 he married Ghislaine Arsac, but she died in 1991. In 2002 he was criticised after promoting a medicin against cancer and posing as a cured cancer patient. He died in the same year in Ascona and was buried there.

• Wife: Arsac, Ghislaine (1985-1991)

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Ivan Desny and Susanne Cramer.
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Ivan Desny.
Picture by Inge Winkler-Fleischmann


Ivan Desny.

Ivan Desny.

The grave of Ivan Desny and Ghislaine Arsac at the Cimitero Comunale in Ascona, Ticino.
Picture by Androom (16 Feb 2019)


Ivan Desny – Wikipedia

Desor, Pierre Jean Édouard

Published: 15 Mar 2019
Last update: 01 Jan 2020