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France s favorite pin-up

says she laughs

away the wrinkles

MARY COLES, staff reporter

SKIRT HITCHED high (for com fort) Martine told newsmen she was an "actress of the classical theatre." Film critics say she's the best undressed woman in France.

TETE-A-TETE between Martine and lanky Australian actor-producer Chips Rafferty. Earlier Chips bent linc to kiss her hand-and male onlookers shouted, "Whacko!"

AS A BRUNETTE in one of her films, Martine Carol ap- peared like this to cinemagoers. French columnists some- times refer to her as "Miss X," because, they say, she has

never made a film suitable for general exhibition.

"I am Eve," announced French film femme fatale Martine Carol as she perched on the edge of a desk in a small office at Brisbane airport and chose a red apple from a basket of lush fruit and flowers.


newsmen and photog raphers nodded in agree-


"But I am not a showgirl,' she added, changing her mind and eating a strawberry.

"I am an actress of the classical theatre." And she skilfully raised the eyes of her audience away from the hem- line of her side-slashed skirt and sun-tanned crossed legs.

Martine and a party of French film executives and technicians touched down in Brisbane en route to Tahiti, where they will make "Le Passager Clandestin" ( The Stowaway).

Male palpitation on the Overseas Terminal tarmac started the moment Miss Carol stepped down daintily from the sleek, white TAI aircraft wearing a smooth, pale blue linen frock and box jacket.

Six-foot six-inch tall Chips Rafferty bent low to kiss her hand, and envious Aussie barrackers in the crowd of 200 people (mostly male) lining the barriers chorused "Whacko."

Later, animatedly listing the kind of men who at- tracted her, Miss Carol said personality was of the greatest importance.

"Naturally I like heem to be taller than I am . . . ("the Duke of Edinburgh ees mag- nifique . . .").

DIRECTOR Ralph Habib, who will direct Martine1ยป film in Tahiti. M. Habib wat a fighter-pilot with the Free French Air Force in Britain

during the war.

"But I can also love a leetle one (and a broad one, too, from the description she sketched-twith her arms) eef

'e 'as charm."

Martine says one of the qualities that endears her to her husband is his good tem-


" 'Ee is nevaire cross," she


Martine's husband is French film director Christian

Jacque, now making a film in Italy.

She was previously married to Lana Turner's former hus- band, American stockbroker Steven Crane.

When a reporter asked Martine the exact color of her eyes she provocatively lowered them with a flutter- ing of lashes and said she

didn't know.

"I do not look at them to-

day . . .

"I nevaire sleep on planes and am so ver' tired," she apologised with a shrug.

"How do you stay lovely without sleep?" I asked, anxious for the formula for immaculate grooming and sparkling personality.

Martine threw back her

head and laughed with pleasure.

''If I am beautifool it is becos I am 'appy wiz life.

"Some day every woman must grow old," 34-year-old Martine philosophised. "The lines they will come.

"But if a woman keep 'appy they come this way," she pointed, tracing an up- ward direction over her face.

"If she let 'erself be un'appy she 'ave these . . . wrinkles." And she grimaced, indicating on her face a drooping mous-


"So ... I laugh and the lines go up and I 'ave 'character' instead of wrinkles when I am old."

"Ah . . . Martine! She is a real woman," enthused one of her compatriots Jack Garo falo, who flew with the party from France to cover the film- ing expedition for the noted French Weekly, 'Paris

Match.' "

In halting English hr

described how Martine smiled with her eyes . . . understood things always so very quickly . . . moved quickly . . . that she was vital and springy

like "elastic."

M. Garofalo has been mar-

ried for a year to a lovely young French girl who was formerly on thc stage.

"I break this career she has

pretty quick," he said. "French

husbands let their wives have

jobs sometimes, but not too much job."

He told me that for a

Frenchman beauty is usually -but not always-a woman's most important attribute.

"A pretty girl with the lines captures the eye," he explained, outlining a cur- vaceous figure with his hands.

"But a Frenchman also

likes a woman to be gentle one who would be a good


"It is important, too, for a girl to be interesting, intelli- gent, and tres sympathetique."

I took the chance of find-

ing out from him how Mar

tine Carol looked in the morn-

ing on the plane trip before she put on make-up.

"Thc moment she opens

her eyes she is beautiful, be- cause she opens them with the smile," he assured me.

"The smile is much more important than the lipstick she puts on later."

"Paris Match" newsmen have a high repntation for working in danger spots. Last year two of them were killed on assignments in Port Said and Hungary.

Youthful M. Jack Garo falo has also had his share of excitement in his five years with the paper, including assignments in Algiers and Egypt.

I asked him what was thc greatest danger he expected to encounter on this trip.

"Martine Carol . . . but, of course," he replied.