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Alain-Philippe Malagnac d'Argens de Villèle  (1951 - December 16, 2000) was the adopted son of French writer Roger Peyrefitte, their amorous relationship being a subject of several of the latter's works. Malagnac was also an art collector and the husband of singer Amanda Lear.

The 12-year-old Alain-Philippe had a minor role in the film Les Amitiés particulières (English title: This Special Friendship), released in 1964, based on the award-winning autobiographical novel by Roger Peyrefitte. Malagnac met Peyrefitte, from when they started a long association personally and later professionally. This formed the background to Peyrefitte's novel, Notre Amour (Éd. Flammarion, 1967) and to L'Enfant de cœur, (not only the child he loved but an allusion to Malagnac's role as a choirboy (Enfant de Choeur) in the film and to his naivety in business matters).

At the age of eighteen Malagnac became Peyrefitte's personal secretary. He was a son of well-to-do upper middle class parents but Peyrefitte arranged him to be adopted by a French aristocrat. She had no descendants and wanted to transmit her name d'Argens de Villèle, which Malagnac was able to adjoin to his own.

As an adult Malagnac's career (financed by Peyrefitte) included to be the proprietor of Le Bronx, one of the first openly gay night clubs in Paris, and briefly managing French singer Sylvie Vartan, a disastrous undertaking which almost bankrupted Peyrefitte, who was forced to sell his library, his mint collection, artworks and erotic antiquities to pay the resulting debts.

Among the others: Romy Schneider, Roger Peyrefitte, Annabel Buffet, Vincent Roux, Sylvie Vartan and Alain Philipe Malagnac - Saint-Tropez 1974
Roger Peyrefitte was a French diplomat, writer of bestseller novels and gossipy non-fiction. On the set of Les Amitiés particulières (adaptation from his novel), Peyrefitte met the 12 year old Alain-Philippe Malagnac d'Argens de Villèle; Peyrefitte tells the story of their relationship in Notre amour and L'Enfant de cœur. Malagnac later married performer Amanda Lear; on Saturday, December 16th, 2000, Malagnac perished by smoke in a fire. He died just six weeks after Peyrefitte.

In 1978 Malagnac met Amanda Lear in Paris, and in April 1979, while on a trip to the United States, they married in Las Vegas. Their marriage lasted twenty one years until his death.

On Saturday, December 16th, 2000, Malagnac persished by smoke in a fire at his recently-bought farm house in Saint-Étienne-du-Grès. He died just six weeks after Peyrefitte.


Further Readings:

Roger Peyrefitte, le sulfureux (French Edition) by Antoine Deléry
Publisher: H&O
Language: French
ISBN-10: 2845472358
ISBN-13: 978-2845472358
Amazon: Roger Peyrefitte, le sulfureux

Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me by Clifford Thurlow
Publisher:; 2 edition (August 16, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me

Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me was first published in 2000 and was a top-10 bestseller a year later.

It tells the biographies of two remarkable men. Salvador Dali, one of the twentieth centuries' greatest painters, and his long-term muse - the Colombian dancer Carlos Lozano.

Dali was famously a voyeur and in this extraordinary book we are witnesses to the bizarre sexual fantasies he lived out among celebrities, aristocrats, enemies and the plain crazy.

"The Surrealist painter deliberately lived his life to complement his deceptive and illusory art. By the end, it was so close to being a confidence trick in itself that historians and biographers have had to struggle to separate fact from the sexual fantasy. Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me is now set to bring the voice of an eye witness to the Salvador Dali myth - and to all the orgiastic gossip about the past."
Vanessa Thorpe - The Observer

More Real Life Romances at my website:, My Ramblings/Real Life Romance


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