Once One of the Most Handsome Men, This Hollywood Legend, 88, Lives Reclusively after a Stroke amid His Kids’ Bitter Feud

The two have remained blissfully married since then, and when they first wed, Brigitte’s friends told a news outlet that the “Contempt” star was happier than she had been in a while thanks to her sudden and secret marriage with Bernard.

Interestingly, before the two wed, Brigitte’s friends had expressed doubt that she would remarry after her last husband. Nonetheless, the two wed in a quaint little wooden church in Norway and lived together in Brigitte’s luxury 10-bedroom mansion in Saint-Tropez.

A revered Hollywood star, who was once considered one of the most handsome men, now lives a reclusive life after suffering a stroke. Amid his health scare, his kids have been in a bitter feud.

A famous French actor at Jean-Paul Belmondo's Funeral in Paris, France on September 10, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

Once hailed as one of the most good-looking men in the world, this alluring French actor, 88, now lives a completely different life than he once did under Hollywood’s spotlight.

The famous French actor at the screening of "A Hidden Life (Une Vie Cachée)" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 19, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

The “Flic Story” talent, who is aware of how “handsome” he is, lives reclusively in his home after tragically suffering a stroke in 2019. This occurred a few weeks after he received an honorary Palme d’Or in Cannes, France.

The famous French actor at the photo call for Palme D'Or D'Honneur during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 19, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

Sitting behind a grand stone wall that spans 1.4 miles (2.3km), his house boasts a sprawling estate called La Brûlerie. It is located 86.99 miles (140km) southeast of Paris, near the Douchy-Montcorbon village in the Loreit department of central France.

More than just his home, according to sources, this is where the silver screen legend desires to be buried, close to a chapel situated on the grounds of a cemetery he built. This cemetery is the resting place for over 30 of his beloved hounds.

A picture of graves for dogs in a pet cemetery in Asnieres-sur-Seine, France, taken on October 22, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

Although his home base is in France, reports state that the recluse splits his time between his workspace in Paris, his apartment in Geneva, and his home in Douchy.

Aside from planning where his burial grounds will be, the French heartthrob has been dealing with a contentious familial issue. Three of his children find themselves at war with each other.

His two sons and daughter have had public disputes, thrown around accusations, and pursued legal actions, all based on their father and his assets. As a result of how public their squabbles have been, the actor’s children have garnered a lot of media attention.

So much so that their dad’s lawyer, Christophe Ayela, has attempted to foster a truce between them. “It has to stop and everyone needs to calm down. That’s enough now,” chastised Christophe.

The famous actor spotted during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 19, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

Adding another layer of complexity to the familial tension is the fact that the “Purple Noon” actor, whose children confirm, is aware of their dispute, has made it abundantly clear that he has a favorite child.

“I have a daughter who is the love of my life, perhaps a little too much with regard to the others,” he previously confessed.

“To no other woman have I so often said I love you,” he professed in 2008. Based on these statements and other observations, eagle-eyed spectators suggest that perhaps the father’s strained relationship with his sons, who are also both actors, stems from him viewing them as rivals.

Two of the famous actor's sons at the Global Gift Gala in Paris, France on June 3, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

Like her doting dad, the actor’s daughter has also publicized the deep love she has for her father. She recently took to Instagram to post a loving tribute to him, which also gave fans an update on how the actor is doing currently.

Alongside a picture of her dad, she penned a heartfelt message written in French. The English translation of that caption reads, “Friday morning I took a picture of my dad. For me. A memory of our times. Having breakfast with him makes me feel endlessly grateful. Unique moment of sweetness.”

She then went on to describe his appearance, calling him “handsome,” and highlighting his “vivid” and “fighting” spirit. “My own immortal,” she wrote.

The famous French actor and his daughter sharing a sweet moment, posted on November 30, 2023 | Source: Instagram/anouchkadelon

“I showed him the picture […] I asked him if I could share it with you, his audience that cares about him. So with his permission there it is. And to your worries he answers: ‘Don’t worry.’ ❤️ #love,” the actor’s daughter finished.

The iconic French casanova whom fans have been worried about and who has been living reclusively is none other than Alain Delon. In response to his daughter, Anouchka Delon’s Instagram post, Alain’s admirers took to the Instagram comment section to express their feelings.

“He is beautiful and lovely as always, please be [by] his side, he needs you more than anyone, I know you love your daddy, and care [about] him too much 😘😘😘,” gushed a fan. Similarly, fellow French actor, Gilles Marini, expressed, “Stay close. ❤️ Full of love. Nothing else matter. ❤️❤️.”

Although Anouchka and her brothers, Anthony and Alain-Fabien Delon have not been seeing eye-to-eye, one thing they agree on is making sure that their father’s wellbeing and finances are being taken care of.

Earlier this month, a French news outlet reported that Alain’s kids united in March to request that their dad be placed under a “reinforced curatorship.” This move comes after Alain had already been placed under judicial protection for “medical monitoring.”

Alain and Anouchka Delon at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 19, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

As of April 4, the report states that their request was approved. This means that a “curator” will be appointed as the overseer of Alain’s finances and will essentially act on his behalf concerning issues to do with his assets and in some cases, his medical requirements.

Alain Delon at Jean-Paul Belmondo's Funeral in Paris, France on September 10, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

Thus far, there has been no confirmation of who this curator will be. Whether it will be one of his kids or Hiromi Rollin, described by the news outlet as Alain’s “lady in waiting,” is unknown.

There is also the question of what will happen to Alain’s company, Alain Delon International Diffusion SA of which he is the President and Anouchka is the Vice President. Since the request for the curatorship has been granted, Alain will no longer be permitted to exercise decisions in that capacity.

Nonetheless, instead of fussing over the details, Alain is focused on his present and future. In an interview he did in 2021, he divulged his desire to make one last movie; a film he is certain could end up being his best work yet.

Closing off the interview, the “Borsalino” star disclosed, “in my life what I loved most was being Alain Delon, the actor Alain Delon.”

“Look at Rocco [And His Brothers], look at Purple Noon! The women were all obsessed with me. From when I was 18 till when I was 50,” Alain previously said of himself as an alluring actor.

Alain Delon posing as his character in "Purple Noon" in 1960. | Source: Getty Images

During an outing with a friend to Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the ’50s is reportedly when Alain first noticed the effect he had on women. “I realised that everyone was looking at me. Women became my motivation. I owe them everything. They were the ones who inspired me to look better than anyone else,” stated Alain.

Alain Delon receiving flowers from fans who flew from Japan to see him in the theatre show "Love Letters" in Paris, France in 2008. | Source: Getty Images

Alain made it his priority to “look better than anyone else” so much so that he took the title of the “most seductive man in cinema” at 25 years old and was even deemed to be the male version of Brigitte Bardot. The French icon is well-known as one of the biggest “It” girls in cinematic history.

Brigitte Bardot posing for a picture in 1960. | Source: Getty Images

She is recognized and revered for the iconic roles she has played in numerous silver-screen productions. Playboy, known for its features and displays of beautiful famous women, had given the French blonde beauty a top spot as one of the sexiest female stars of the 20th century.

Other media outlets even deem her as the number one “It” girl of all time. Concerning her alluring beauty, Brigitte is also typically known for her famous pouty lips, and regarding Playboy’s sexiest female star list, she came in at number four.

Her sultry confidence and sensual charisma also saw her be labeled as her home country’s most gazed-upon star. Apart from the success she garnered during her time as an actress and all-round entertainer, Brigitte has also built a reputation as an avid animal rights activist.

From the time they first met, Bernard has remained by Brigitte’s side, especially throughout her health scares. When French newspapers first reported that their beloved celebrity had allegedly overdosed on sedatives in 1992 while at home, Brigitte’s knight in shining armor quickly reassured the very worried public that she was ok.

He explained, “Brigitte was overcome with fatigue and took too much medication to go to sleep…she did not have her stomach pumped and was fine after a few hours.”

A spokesperson for the clinic where Brigitte was taken, further confirmed Bernard’s assertion that his wife was fine. However, years after her sedative scare, Brigitte faced another health battle.

Brigitte Bardot at an Animals Care Associations Demonstration in 2007. | Source: Getty Images

Earlier this year, Bernard confirmed that Brigitte experienced difficulty breathing. Luckily, first responders quickly intervened, provided her oxygen, and stayed with her for a while to ensure she was okay.

Bernard explained that the cause of his wife’s respiratory problems was age and weather-related, citing an extreme heatwave circulating Europe at that time. Apparently, the air conditioning system in their La Madrague home was not functioning optimally.

Despite assuring the public of Brigitte’s wellbeing, a news outlet had alleged that she had stayed in the ICU. However, the “A Very Private Affair” talent set the record straight via a handwritten note: “I want to reassure everyone. I am doing very well. The press caused a scandal with an illness that happened to me…”

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