Friday, September 3, 2010

Happy 70th Birthday Macha Méril

Maria-Magdalena Wladimirnovna Gagarina was born on September 3, 1940 in Rabat, Morocco. Her father was a Russian prince but died when Macha was a teenager. After her father's death she moved to Paris to continue her studies which she interrupted to pursue an acting career. Her first film was “The Sign of Leo” in 1959. She then married director Gian Vittorio Baldi [1930- ] in 1959 and moved to New York City and studied at The Actors Theater from 1960-1962. With Baldi they moved to Rome where Macha appeared in several Italian films. Macha has appeared in the theater and made over 120 film and television appearances and founded Macha Films in 1967. Méril received a lifetime achievement award in 2006 from Puget Théniers (Alpes-Maritimes, France) Souvenance Association of moviegoers. During the '60s Macha appeared in her only Euro-western as Lizzy in the 1965 Karl May film “Rampage at Apache Wells”. Today we celebrate Macha Méril 's 70th birthday.

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