The late legendary actor Sean Connery was long known as a Hollywood sex symbol and lived a life of intense love affairs with beautiful women – much like his most famous role as James Bond.
The 91-year-old Micheline paid emotional tribute to her “beautiful model of a man” yesterday evening and revealed his fight against dementia.
“It was no life for him,” she said of the condition that had “taken its toll”.
“In the end he couldn’t express himself. At least he died in his sleep and it was just so peaceful. I was with him the whole time and he just slipped away, “she said, adding that it was” what he wanted “.
Connery, who separated from his first wife, Diane Cilento, when he met Roquebrune at a golf tournament, married the Moroccan-French painter in 1975 and stayed together until his death on October 31st.
The marriage survived a well-documented affair Connery had with singer Lynsey de Paul in the late 1980s.
His previous marriage to Australian-born actress Cilento was equally tumultuous.
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Here we look back at Connery’s controversial romantic story:
Connery and Cilento met when they appeared together in Eugene O’Neill’s play Anna Christienach Female First.
At the time, Cilento was pregnant and married to the Italian writer Andrew Volpe. Connery lived with the photographer Julie Hamilton.
According to the Daily mailOne morning Connery explained to his girlfriend, “Diane Cilento has incredible eyes,” which led to a fiery argument.
They eventually separated and he married Cilento in 1962. A year later, their son Jason was born.
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But their marriage – which lasted 11 years – was deeply flawed from the start, and Cilento maintained that Goldener Finger Star beat her in jealous rage one night in their early years of marriage after attending a wedding – Connery denied allegations and branded his ex-wife as a “crazy woman” who never got over her divorce.
The Scot reported on Cilento’s claims in 2005: “There was physical contact, but it’s important to put it in context. You have to remember that he was probably twice as heavy as me. ”
Cilento’s allegations, which she detailed in her 2006 autobiography My nine lives, chased Connery, who was knighted by the Queen in 2000.
Cilento died in 2011 after battling cancer.
Just months after the attack on his wife allegedly took place, Connery sparked controversy when he spoke Playboy 1965 magazine: “I don’t think it’s particularly wrong to hit a woman – although I don’t recommend doing it the way you would hit a man.
“A slap in the face with open hands is justified when all other alternatives fail and there are many warnings. If a woman is a slut, or hysterical, or constantly bloody, then I would. ”
In a 1993 interview with Vanity FairHe also said, “There are women who get it on the wire. This is what they are looking for, the ultimate confrontation. You want a punch. ”
Speak with The sun In 2011, Sean described Micheline – with whom he shared a love of golf and with whom he lived in the Bahamas until his death – as “the love of his life”.
Acclaimed artist Micheline was married twice before meeting Connery, with three children from their previous marriages.
Speaking of the moment she first met the star, she admitted that she didn’t know who he was.
“I saw this man from behind and of course he was of good build,” she said The sun of the 6ft 2 actor.
“But that first day I didn’t know who he was or anything about him.
“Then I dreamed that I had seen this man. I was in his arms. And I thought ‘Peace at last’.
“The next day I went back to the tournament and that was it!”
Their initial connection was so strong that it went beyond normal means of communication as they couldn’t even speak the same language at the beginning of their relationship.
Micheline, who is fluent in French and Spanish, told the publication it was not a problem and cheekily revealed, “Oh, we had no problem communicating – body language!”
They stayed together for 45 years and survived an affair Connery had with singer Lynsey de Paul in the late 1980s.
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De Paul spoke of her adulterous affair with Connery, which in 1992 lasted “several months”.
According to the Evening standardShe said she was “horrified” by his comments too Playboy and Vanity Fair and felt compelled to speak.
“I wasn’t aware of Sean’s violent side when I was with him, but I was pretty horrified when I read that he had said it was okay to hit a woman.”
The singer said she regretted her affair with the actor, which began in 1989 when they met at a party while Micheline was sitting next to her.
“I didn’t want to have an affair with him and I tried to keep our relationship platonic, but he followed me relentlessly. He wasn’t my type at all because I’m not usually attracted to the macho type, ”she said.
In the end I thought, ‘Why not?’ I didn’t know his wife, so I didn’t feel like I was betraying her through an affair. ”
De Paul announced that he would call her from the set The Russia Houseand told her he could only kiss his co-star Michelle Pfeiffer when he thought of her.
It reportedly took several months, and Connery ended the matter abruptly after failing to call her after a secret weekend.
“I was a stupid girl to deal with him. I don’t think I was in love with him – I was just flattered by the full attention, ”de Paul later said of the matter.
Lynsey de Paul died in 2014 at the age of 66 after a suspected brain hemorrhage, The Daily Mail reported.
On Saturday, Sir Sean’s family announced that he had died in his sleep at the age of 90.
The British actor was the first to film the role of spy James Bond, a part for which he became famous worldwide.
He was born in Edinburgh and starred in numerous films Hunt for Red October to The untouchables to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, almost always with its thick Scottish flair.
His family said he died in the Bahamas after being unwell for some time.
The last pictures of Connery were taken in August when he was celebrating his 90th birthday in the Lyford Cay condominium The sun.
A photo of him and his family has also surfaced from his 89th birthday. The sun reported.
It was said that he rarely left the community where he lived with his second wife, Micheline Roquebrune.
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