[Gary, Portrait of French novelist and director Romain Gary.

[Gary, Portrait of French novelist and director Romain Gary.

[Gary, Romain]. (1914 – 1980). Portrait of French novelist and director Romain Gary. [France], c.1970. Vintage Photograph / Press Photograph. Framed: 30 cm x 35 cm. Photograph itself: c. 13 cm x 18 cm. Beautifully framed with only some minor signs of wear to the framing.

Romain Gary (21 May [O.S. 8 May] 1914 – 2 December 1980), born Roman Kacew (also known by the pen name Émile Ajar), was a French novelist, diplomat, film director, and World War II aviator of Jewish origin. He is the only author to have won the Prix Goncourt under two names. Gary became one of France’s most popular and prolific writers, authoring more than 30 novels, essays and memoirs, some of which he wrote under a pseudonym.

He is the only person to win the Prix Goncourt twice. This prize for French language literature is awarded only once to an author. Gary, who had already received the prize in 1956 for Les racines du ciel, published La vie devant soi under the pseudonym Émile Ajar in 1975. The Académie Goncourt awarded the prize to the author of that book without knowing his identity. Gary’s cousin’s son Paul Pavlowitch posed as the author for a time. Gary later revealed the truth in his posthumous book Vie et mort d’Émile Ajar. Gary also published as Shatan Bogat, Rene Deville and Fosco Sinibaldi, as well as his birth name Roman Kacew.

In addition to his success as a novelist, he wrote the screenplay for the motion picture The Longest Day and co-wrote and directed the film Kill! (1971), which starred his wife at the time, Jean Seberg. In 1979, he was a member of the jury at the 29th Berlin International Film Festival.
Gary’s first wife was the British writer, journalist, and Vogue editor Lesley Blanch, author of The Wilder Shores of Love. They married in 1944 and divorced in 1961. From 1962 to 1970, Gary was married to American actress Jean Seberg, with whom he had a son, Alexandre Diego Gary. According to Diego Gary, he was a distant presence as a father: “Even when he was around, my father wasn’t there. Obsessed with his work, he used to greet me, but he was elsewhere.″
After learning that Jean Seberg had an affair with Clint Eastwood, Gary challenged him to a duel, but Eastwood declined.
Gary died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 2 December 1980 in Paris. He left a note which said that his death had no relation to Seberg’s suicide the previous year. He also stated in his note that he was Émile Ajar. Gary was cremated in Père Lachaise Cemetery and his ashes were scattered in the Mediterranean Sea near Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. (Wikipedia)

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[Gary, Portrait of French novelist and director Romain Gary.
[Gary, Portrait of French novelist and director Romain Gary.