DIRK BOGARDE, OPIO, PROVENCE FRANCE, MARCH, 1982
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David Steen: “I think a special relationship existed between us, professionally. I photographed him on numerous occasions. He was impeccable in every way, charming and funny and honest. If an interview had been set up for a major publication he would tactfully request I did the photographs, I knew his face as well as he did. He and Tony Forwood, his partner of many years, were very happy together, and the atmosphere in their house in Opio, the smell of the countryside – the vines, the olives and the lavender – was wonderful.”
Sir Dirk Bogarde (28 March 1921 – 8 May 1999) was an English actor and novelist. Initially a matinée idol in such films as Doctor in the House (1954) and other Rank Organisation pictures, Bogarde later acted in art-house films such as Death in Venice (1971). He also wrote several volumes of autobiography.