Bella Darvi Overview:

Actress, Bella Darvi, was born Bayla Wegier on Oct 23, 1928 in Sosnowiec, Poland. Her best known films include The Egyptian, Hell and High Water and The Racers. Darvi died at the age of 42 on Sep 11, 1971 in Monte Carlo, Monaco .

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Nefer: No. I brought you here only to show you the gate in my garden wall. Later, when all of my guests have gone... I will be here by my lotus pool.
Sinuhe: Why do you tell me this?
Nefer: Perhaps because I am fond of gifts, and the greatest gift any man can bring to a woman is his innocence, which he can give only once.


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At one point her gambling was so out of control that she was forced to pawn her jewels, furs, clothing, furniture and two poodles to make ends meet.

Marlon Brando was originally scheduled to appear opposite Darvi in the Technicolor epic The Egyptian (1954). During the script read-through before filming began, the pair disliked each other at first sight. Bella, cast as the courtesan Nefer, was also jeered by more experienced star Jean Simmons who laughed with other cast members that Darvi was "an actress who 'nefer' was." Just as filming was to start, Brando refused to make the film, his agent telling studio head Darryl F. Zanuck: "He doesn't like the director, he doesn't like the role. And he can't stand Bella Darvi!" Edmund Purdom was cast in the role.

For Virginia Fox Zanuck, producer Darryl F. Zanuck's wife, Darvi initially became something of a best friend and favorite niece. They went shopping and frequently lunched together, and Bella moved into the Zanucks' Santa Monica beach house in November 1952. But in January 1954, Virginia discovered through her daughter Susan that Darvi and her husband were romantically involved and threw her out. Bella hastily returned to Paris, Zanuck left his wife and followed her, and although the Zanucks never lived together again, they remained married.

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