Late actor Sean Connery was a staple in Hollywood entertainment for six decades and his wife, Micheline Roquebrune, stood by his side through it all. While there’s a lot of information out there about the iconic actor, it’s time you learn about Sean’s beloved spouse.
Micheline was born in 1929 and raised in Scotland. Growing up, she spoke multiple languages, including English, French and Spanish, and she enjoyed playing sports, but she mostly focused on golf.
Although she thoroughly enjoyed competing in golf tournaments, Micheline pursued a career as a painter. According to the Sun, she creates her unique works of art using “simplified forms, unexpected croppings and changes of scale.”
In 1970, Micheline’s love of golf led her to meet her future husband, Sean. The two first crossed paths at a sporting event in Casablanca, Morocco. At the time, the Dr. No star was newly single after splitting with his first wife, Diane Cilento.
To say it was love at first sight between Sean and Micheline would be quite the understatement. The Scotland native opened up about the first night they met while once chatting with France’s Gala magazine.
”He grabs hold of me and kisses me passionately. I’m transported,” she marveled. “The four days that follow, we continue to play golf like strangers then we meet to make love like crazy people. The reality is even better than the fantasy. No man has ever had this effect on me.”
After Sean’s divorce with Diane — whom he tied the knot with in 1962 — was finalized in 1973, he became an official item with Micheline. However, juggling their new romance and their busy careers wasn’t that easy.
“In the early days it was difficult for us to see each other,” Sean once dished, the Sun reported. The Goldfinger star, who shares his only son, Jason Connery, with his ex-wife, also noted Micheline was “still living in North Africa” with her children from previous marriages.
However, the two made it work and they tied the knot in 1975. Since then, they’ve shared a handful of memories while walking red carpet events and celebrating milestones as a couple. Sean revealed he also still enjoyed playing a round of golf with his leading lady.
“Sinking a good putt or actually winning a round of golf makes my day,” he told Closer Weekly in September. “That doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, especially if I am playing against Micheline, she’s too good.”
Unfortunately, Sean and Micheline’s love story came to an end when the beloved actor died in October 2020. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of Eon Productions, which is the company that produced the James Bond series, confirmed his death in a statement on October 31, 2020.
“We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery,” read the statement which was shared via Twitter. “He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — “The name’s Bond… James Bond” — he revolutionized the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”
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