Abbe Lane

  1. Bernadette Lafont, Les mistons, France, 1956. Auteur François Truffaut’s debut – an 18 minute short (25 in Japan!) – had the titular under-12 brats spying on Lafont’s skirts billowing up on her bike, during tennis or making out with Gérard Blain (her real-life husband, who was against her acting as her place was in the kitchen). Lafont almost agreed: Surely Bardot would be better? Or Abbe, the sultry Brooklyn singer and third wife of Hollywood’s Spanish Rumba bandleader King Xavier Cugat – too sexy for US and Italian TV!

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