Caillavet, Simone de

BORN 8 Feb 1894, Paris - DIED 22 Dec 1968, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine
BIRTH NAME Caillavet, Marie Andrée Huguette Simone de
GRAVE LOCATION Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine: Cimetière Ancien, 3 Rue Victor Noir (division 03)

Simone de Cavaillet was the daughter of the playwright Gaston Arman de Cavaillet (1869-1915). Her mother was Jeanne Pouquet. Her grandmother Léontine Lippman (1844-1910) was the mistress of Anatole France. Marcel Proust was a friend of her parents and based his character Mademoiselle de Saint-Loup on her.

In 1918 Simone published a volume of poems, "Les heures latines", with a preface by Anatole France. She married the Romanian diplomat George Stoicescu, but the marriage didn't last. In 1924 she met the writer André Maurois, who was a widower. They married in 1926. She worked as a fashion model for the couturier Lucien Lelong (1899-1958). Her connections secured the support of Marshal Pétain for the election of her husband into the Académie Française and he was elected on 23 June 1938.

During the war they stayed in the USA. In 1947 Maurois lectured in South America alone. There he met the former Miss Pacific Marita de Las Dolorés Garcia Y Rivera, who was introduced to him as his interpreter. She was charming an reminded him of his first wife. He had a short affair with her, but back in Paris he continued to think of her. Simone eventually took the risk of inviting Marita to Paris to visit them and the spell was broken immediately. Marita agreed to sell the love letters Maurois had written to her to Simone and she returned to Lima.

• Husband: Maurois, André (1926-1967, Saint-Médard-d'Excideuil, Dordogne)

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The grave of André Maurois at Neuilly Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (27 Aug 2001)


Simone de Caillavet — Wikipédia

Calame, Alexandre

Published: 24 Feb 2023
Last update: 24 Feb 2023