Did You Know?
[on divorcing Stéphane Audran
] I found myself becoming more interested in her as an actress than a wife.
During the shooting of Bluebeard
(1963), producer Carlo Ponti
was so appalled by Stéphane Audran
's performance that he asked 'who's that slut who's playing Fernande?' Chabrol (who was already engaged to Audran) slapped Ponti in the face and screamed 'that's my woman!' The director and the actress married one year later.
Often cast frosty leading ladies in the Hitchcock tradition
The Balzac of Cinema