GenreComedy ScreenplayPeter Ustinov CountryFrance
Release date25 November 1965 (1965-11-25)
(World Premiere, London) WriterRomain Gary (novel), Peter Ustinov Initial releaseDecember 17, 1965 (United Kingdom) CastSophia Loren (Lady Louise Lendale / Lady L), Paul Newman (Armand Denis), David Niven (Dicky, Lord Lendale), Peter Ustinov (Director), Romain Gary (Writer), Marcel Dalio (Sapper) Similar moviesSophia Loren appears in Lady L and Yesterday - Today and Tomorrow
TaglineShe's the only lady who ever got a boyfriend for a wedding present!
Lady L is a 1965 comedy film based on the novel by Romain Gary and directed by Peter Ustinov. Starring Sophia Loren, Paul Newman, David Niven and Cecil Parker, the film focuses on an elderly Corsican lady as she recalls the loves of her life, including an anarchist and a Parisian aristocrat.
The film had its World Premiere at the Empire, Leicester Square in the West End of London on 25 November 1965.
Lady l original trailer
As she approaches her 80th birthday, the sophisticated and still attractive Lady Lendale recounts to her biographer, Sir Percy, the story of her life.
Fleeing her humble origins in Corsica, she traveled to Paris, where she found work in a brothel. There she falls in love with a thief and anarchist, Armand, and becomes pregnant by him. But before he can use a bomb to assassinate a Bavarian prince, she meets Lord Lendale, who is so enchanted by the young woman that he offers to overlook Armand's activities if she will agree to marry him.
Lady L becomes a woman of means, moving in high society, and together she and Lord Lendale raise a large family. In the end, however, she reveals their secret: that she has continued to be the lover of Armand, who has fathered all their children while posing as the family's chauffeur.
Sophia Loren as Lady Louise Lendale / Lady L
Paul Newman as Armand Denis
David Niven as Dicky, Lord Lendale
Marcel Dalio as Sapper
Cecil Parker as Sir Percy
Philippe Noiret as Ambroise Gérôme
Jacques Dufilho Dufilho as Bealu
Eugene Deckers as Koenigstein
Daniel Emilfork as Kobeleff
Hella Petri as Madam
Jean Wiener as Krajewski
Roger Trapp as police inspectorDubaron
Joe Dassin as a police inspector
Jacques Legras as a police inspector
Mario Feliciani as Italian anarchist
Sacha Pitoëff as Bomb-throwing revolutionary
Arthur Howard as Butler
Michel Piccolii as Lecoeur
Claude Dauphin as Inspector Mercier
Catherine Allégret as Pantoufle
France Arnel as Brunette
Dorothée Blank as Blonde girl
Jean-Paul Cauvin as The Little Orphan
Lo Ann Chan as the Chinese girl
Laurence Lignières as High society girl
Tanya Lopert as Agneau
Moustache as Delcour
John Wood (uncredited) as the Photographer
Jenny Orléans as Blonde girl
Peter Ustinov as Prince Otto of Bavaria
Janet Wilson as an extra
The film was a co-production between France, Italy and the United Kingdom. Castle Howard in Yorkshire was used for the shooting of some scenes.