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Madeleine Carroll: the “blonde Hitchcock” who denied Franco a film

36 years have passed since the death of an actress from a select group of ‘Museus de Hitchcock’: Madeleine Carroll, This particular interpreter at the height of his career decided to move to Spain, specifically to Catalonia. There he spent the rest of his days and was finally buried at the same place after his death.

Madeleine Carroll is the story of a life that begins with great successes, surrounded by the most prestigious names in the world of cinema, with a scandalous salary and ends in a palace in a small town. Kalonj in Girona. Madeleine Carroll considered as Film director Alfred Hitchcock’s first inspiration And yet it is one of the most unknown.

Madeleine Carroll was one of the British actresses who belonged to hollywood golden age, With a life full of dramatic and love twists, he decided to leave the film world to dedicate himself to the most underprivileged and join the Red Cross. second World War, Finally, he gave up everything he had built up all his life and began a new phase in Spain.

From Hitchcock’s Muse to Babysitting During World War II

Born in a small town in England in 1906, Madeleine Carroll rose to prominence in the performing arts at a young age and became the queen of British cinema. Alfred Hitchcock He saw an untapped potential in it and named it hero in two of his films Most admired in United Kingdom: ’39 Steps’ why ‘exclusive agent’, in the first, with Robert Donat achieved such success that it later leapfrogged director Hitchcock Hollywood, And later the actress too.

After achieving success, Carroll took the opportunity to see the world. he finished the tour caylong city With whom she had fallen madly in love from the very beginning. Shortly after his visit, he would send build a castle Treumal is situated in a pine forest. From this moment on, Spain becomes present in the career of the actress. an example is that she was a hero ‘blocking’ A film that showed its sympathies for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War.

In the midst of filming, traveling and a multitude of projects, World War II gripped Madeleine’s life. His sister was killed during the London air raids. From that fateful moment, the actress devoted herself solely and exclusively for the care of children affected by war, He worked for a few months in train-hospitals for the wounded and converted one of his French properties into a children’s shelter. Her career as an actress was becoming more and more forgettable. With the end of the war, Madeleine came settle down permanently For the palace which he had ordered to be built at Kailong many years earlier.

Candidate to star in the film ‘Reina Santa’ supported by Franco

Set in Spain, many film offers continued to arrive, many in Spanish. one of those who had Franco’s support, ‘Holy Queen’, His role in this production will be explained Isabel of Portugal, Carol did her best, keeping in mind what accepting such an assignment could mean for her career refrain from participating in a feature film until the last moment. Claiming that she was too ill and could not act, she managed to avoid a feature film sponsored by Franco. this situation occurred provokes many controversies among his followers and the Spaniards, but over time he was forgotten, as was the name of the Hollywood star.

Carol in her 40s

At the end of her days, Madeleine Carroll decided to give her life another turn. he sold his prized palace to be able to move to live marbela, Completely withdrawing from the world of cinema, he focused on devoting his efforts to charitable causes.

Finally, he died in 1987, at the age of 81. cancer of the pancreas, His remains were initially buried in Fuengirola, but were later moved and taken to the place where he had managed to find the actress he loved in life, Calong. Since then his body has remained there in front of a tombstone that commemorates “Caylong City Council to Madeleine Carroll, Actress”.

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