Because of a car accident, Mireille Balin was born prematurely
(2 months in advance) in Monte-Carlo, July 20, 1909 (certain sources
Her family was living rather comfortably, her father was a journalist
at the « Tribune de Geneve ». Mireille Balin goes to
school in Marseilles, then in a fancy high school in Paris, avenue
Victor Hugo. She learns Italian, German, English, practices horseriding
and studies piano at the academy.
Balin is now working as a model for Jean Patou, then for Martial
and Armand. She does fashion shows, magazines covers, advertisings...
minor part in VIVE LA CLASSE, a film by Maurice Cammage.
: Mireille Balin is contacted by Georg-Wilhelm Pabst, who saw her
in a advertisement, and proposes her a role in his new film, DON
QUICHOTTE. Shooting takes place near Nice, with Fédor Chaliapine
(russian opera singer) in the main role.
Third film : VIVE LA COMPAGNIE, by Claude Moulins, then LE SEXE
FAIBLE (WEAKER SEX), by Robert Siodmak, with Pierre Brasseur.
At this time, Mireille Balin lives quite a glamorous life : the
Opera, La Coupole, the Fouquet's, Maxim's... She has a love affair
with Victor Younki, aka Young Perez, a boxer from tunisia, who was
World Flyweight Champion in 1931.
: she meets Raymond Patenôtre (1900-1951), billionaire, politician,
future minister and owner of newspapers. She begins a passionate
love affair with him.
New movie : ADIEU LES BEAUX JOURS, by Andre Beucler and Johannes
Meyer, with Jean Gabin and Brigitte Helm.
Mireille Balin moves to a new flat, 47 rue Spontini (Paris 16e).
She travels in Europe (Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, England...)
and in Egypt. She appears in a new movie called SI JETAIS
LE PATRON, by Max Dearly and Fernand Gravey, written by Jacques
Prévert. The film turns out to be a huge success.
Next film is ON A TROUVE UNE FEMME NUE, by Léo Joannon, in
which Mireille Balin really appears nude. She makes a first (and
only) attempt at the theatre with Edouard Bourdet, but it's a failure.
She travels to Morocco, and writes the story of this trip in Cinémonde
magazine (# 343, May 16, 1935. Morocco, Voyage Au Bout Du Soleil)..
MARIE DES ANGOISSES, by Michel Bernheim, followed by LE ROMAN
DUN SPAHI, also by Michel Bernheim (from a script written
by Pierre Loti). She meets Julien Duvivier, who offers her a part
(the berber girl) in his next movie, La Bandera. But she has health
troubles and has to refuse the role, which would be taken by Annabella.
JEUNES FILLES DE PARIS, by Claude Vermorel, with Michel Simon.
PEPE the MOKO, another Julien Duviviers masterpiece, starring
Jean Gabin. She has a small love affair with Gabin. The film is
a great success, Mireille Balin becomes a star.
GUEULE DAMOUR (LADY KILLER), with Jean Gabin, by
Jean Grémillon, on a script written by Charles Spaak, taken
from a book by Andre Beucler. The shooting takes place in Berlin,
where Jean Gabin almost really strangle Mireille Balin at the final
scene. The film is another huge success. From now on, Mireille Balin
is the vamp, the femme fatale.
She meets Tino Rossi, and begins a long love affair with the singer,
with who she plays in NAPLES AU BAISER DE FEU (THE KISS OF FIRE),
by Augusto Genina, with Michel Simon and Viviane Romance.
In October, Mireille Balin goes to Hollywood. She signs a contract
with the MGM, but no project will see the light of the day.
February : Mireille Balin breaks her contract with the MGM.
She decides to move back to Paris with Tino Rossi, where they take
an appartment together on the Boulevard Suchet.
New movie : LA VENUS DE LOR (GOLDEN VENUS), by Charles
Méré and Jean Delannoy.
She buys a 20 rooms villa on the Riviera, in Cannes, and call it
Catari, from a Tino Rossi song. The house had 3 previous owners:
2 committed suicide, the third one lost everything gambling...
She plays in TERRE DE FEU, by Marcel LHerbier, then LE CAPITAINE
BENOIT, by Maurice de Canonge. At this point, she lives quite a
glamourous life, despite jealousy fights with Tino Rossi.