German postcard by Ufa, Berlin-Tempelhof, no. FK 3441. Photo: Sam Lévin / Unifrance Film.
Nadine de Rothschild was born as Nadine Lhopitalier in Saint-Quentin, France, in 1932. She left school at age 14 and worked as a salesgirl and in an auto factory.
Lhopitalier became the model of the painter Jean-Gabriel Domergue, a socialite who opened the door to the worlds of theatre and film.
In 1949, she began her acting career under the pseudonym of Nadine Tallier and played various roles till 1964. First, she played many small sometime uncredited parts. She doubled Martine Carol in a nude scene in Caroline Chérie (Richard Pottier, 1951).
In 1952, she played a supporting role in Manina, la fille sans voiles/Manina, the Girl in the Bikini (Willy Rozier, 1952) starring Brigitte Bardot at the age of 17. Manina was controversial for the scanty bikinis worn by the young Bardot in the film. It was one of the first occasions when a bikini appeared in film, at a time when the bikini was still widely considered immodest.
Tallier’s first bigger role was in the Western comedy Fernand cow-boy (Guy Lefranc, 1956), featuring Fernand Raynaud. She is also known for her work in the Louis de Funès comedy Comme un cheveu sur la soupe/Crazy in the Noodle (Maurice Régamey, 1957), and the Spanish-French crime drama Los cobardes/The street of Fear (Juan Carlos Thorry, 1959) with Vicente Parra. In Great Britain, she appeared in the comedy Girls at Sea (Gilbert Gunn, 1958).
French postcard by Editions du Globe, Paris, no. 468. Photo: Sam Lévin.
French postcard by Editions du Globe, Paris, no. 725. Photo: Sam Lévin.
In 1962, Nadine Tallier married Edmond Adolphe de Rothschild of the French branch of the Rothschild family. At the time, Edmund was chairman and principal owner of the Edmond de Rothschild Group, a private banking group headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
Although she was raised Roman Catholic, she converted to Judaism stating: "It would not have been possible to have the name Rothschild and be a Catholic... Nor would it be right for the son of a Rothschild to be half-Jewish and half-Catholic."
The couple had one son born in 1963, Benjamin de Rothschild, shortly after their marriage. She became a Baroness, with an Austrian title.
In 2004, she opened in Genève the académie Nadine de Rotschild International Way of Life. She wrote a book about manners (Le Bonheur de Séduire l'Art de Réussir) and her autobiography (La baronne rentre à cinq heures). In addition, she provided some reviews in the press on the same subject.
Her husband died in 1997.
French postcard by Editions P.I., presented by Les Carbones Korès 'Carboplane', no. 925. Photo: Studio Vauclair.
Sources: Wikipedia and IMDb.