Biographie

"When I recall the long string of characters I have played in my life, I wonder who I am..." Marcel Pagnol

1895
February 28th, Marcel is born, son of Joseph Pagnol and Augustine, née Lansot, in Aubagne near Marseille.

1898
April 28th, his brother Paul is born.

1900
Joseph Pagnol is appointed at Chartreux school in Marseille.

1902
February 2nd, his sister Germaine is born.

1909
July 25th, his brother René is born.

1910
June 16th, his mother Augustine dies.

1914
February 10th, release of first issue of "FORTUNIO", a student literary magazine supervised by Marcel Pagnol.

1915-1922
Discharged for weak physical condition, Marcel Pagnol teaches in Digne, Tarascon, Pamiers.

1916
March 2nd, Marcel Pagnol marries Simonne Colin in Marseille

1922
Marcel Pagnol is appointed as tutor at Condorcet high school in Paris.

1924
April 15th, "LES MARCHANDS DE GLOIRE" ("MERCHANTS OF GLORY") drama play is created, written in collaboration with Paul Nivoix.

1926
December 9th, "JAZZ" drama play is created in Monte-Carlo.

1928
October 9th, "TOPAZE" is created at Théâtre des Variétés in Paris.

1929
March 9th, "MARIUS" is created at Théâtre de Paris.

1930
His son Jacques is born.

1931
Film: "MARIUS", directed by Alexander Korda.

1932
Films: "TOPAZE" (first version) by Louis Gasnier, "FANNY" by Marc Allégret.

1933
His son Jean-Pierre is born.

1934-1940
Marcel Pagnol shoots: "JOFROI", "ANGELE", "MERLUSSE", "CIGALON", "TOPAZE" (second version), "REGAIN" ("HARVEST"), "CESAR", "LE SCHPOUNTZ", "LA FEMME DU BOULANGER" ("THE BAKER'S WIFE"), "LA FILLE DU PUISATIER" ("THE WELL-DIGGER'S DAUGHTER").

1935
His daughter Francine is born.

1941
Divorces Simonne Colin, purchases the Château de La Buzine. Film: "LA PRIERE AUX ETOILES" (unfinished).

1945
He marries Jacqueline Bouvier.

1945-1952
He shoots: "NAIS", "LA BELLE MEUNIERE", "TOPAZE" (third version), "MANON DES SOURCES" ("MANON OF THE SPRING"), "UGOLIN".

1946
His son Frédéric is born.

1947
March 27th, admission to the Académie Française. He translates "HAMLET" by William Shakespeare.

1951
His daughter Estelle is born.

1951
November 15th, his father Joseph dies.

1954
His daughter Estelle dies.

1953-1954
He shoots "LES LETTRES DE MON MOULIN" ("LETTERS FROM MY WINDMILL"), adapted from the book by Alphonse Daudet.

1955
October 6th, first night of "JUDAS" at Théâtre de Paris.

1956
September 28th, first night of "FABIEN" at Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens.

1957
Starts releasing "SOUVENIRS D'ENFANCE" ("MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD"): "LA GLOIRE DE MON PERE" ("MY FATHER'S GLORY") followed by "LE CHATEAU DE MA MERE" ("MY MOTHER'S CASTLE").

1959
Release of "LE TEMPS DES SECRETS" ("THE TIME OF SECRETS").

1962
Release of "L'EAU DES COLLINES" ("THE WATER OF THE HILLS") ("JEAN DE FLORETTE" et "MANON DES SOURCES" ("MANON OF THE SPRING")

1964
Release of "LE MASQUE DE FER" ("THE IRON MASK").

1973
Release of "LE SECRET DU MASQUE DE FER" ("THE SECRET OF THE IRON MASK").

1974
April 18th, Marcel Pagnol dies in Paris.

1977
Posthumous release of "LE TEMPS DES AMOURS" ("THE TIME OF LOVE").

1986
Posthumous release of "INEDITS" ("UNRELEASED").