Dirk Bogarde (born Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde) was a very successful, and famous, movie actor and a successful, and prolific, writer. He was born in England in 1921, and moved to France in 1968 where he lived for 20 years.
Bogarde, with his life partner Anthony Forwood, bought a 15th-century farmhouse, "Le Pigeonnier" in the early 1970s. Located a few km east of Grasse, near the communes of Chateauneuf-Grasse and Opio, the two friends lived in the house until 1983, returning to England when Forwood's became seriously ill.
The "Villa "Lou Miradou" in Chateauneuf-Grasse overlooks Bogard's old olive orchards, that had 400 trees when he moved there.
He lived in Saint Tropez at some time.
Some of Dirk Bogarde's French Connections include being made a Chevalier de l'Ordre de Lettres (1982), the first Briton to be named President of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival (1984) and a member of the jury at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival. (Cannes)
Speaking of the Cannes Film Festival, he's quoted as saying about it "My idea of hell. You see all the people you thought were dead and all the people who deserve to be dead. After a while, you start to think you might be dead, too."
Books that have information about Bogarde's time in Provence include:
Dirk Bogarde: The Autorised Biography; John Coldstream; ISBN: 0297607308
An Orderly Man; Dirk Bogarde; ISBN: 07011265990
A Short Walk from Harrods; Dirk Bogarde; ISBN: 0140231307
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