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Filmmaker Vadim Buried in France

February 18, 2000

SAINT-TROPEZ, France (AP) _ Close friends and famous past loves of filmmaker Roger Vadim gathered Friday in the sun-soaked Mediterranean town of Saint-Tropez for the funeral of the French director who died last week at 72.

Several of Vadim’s ex-wives attended services at the Saint-Tropez church and the cemetery at water’s edge, including Brigitte Bardot and Jane Fonda. His widow, actress Marie-Christine Barrault, opened the funeral Mass with a brief tribute.

Vadim’s longtime companion Catherine Deneuve was not among the 200 guests, having already attended a ceremony for him in Paris on Monday.

The director was best-known for his provocative first film, the 1956 ``And God Created Woman,″ which was filmed in chic Saint-Tropez and catapulted his young wife, Bardot, to international attention.

Bardot, wearing black and a somber flowered head scarf, was one of the first to arrive at the church, escorted by the parish priest. Jane Fonda had flown to France on Thursday, accompanied by her daughter with Vadim, Vanessa.

After the Mass, the procession headed to the cemetery as two violinists played a melancholy melody. Hundreds of star-gazers had gathered behind the barricades, watching in silence.

Vadim died Feb. 11 in Paris after a battle with cancer. His 26 films included ``Barbarella,″ ``Les Bijoutiers du Clair de Lune″ (The Night Heaven Fell) and ``Et Mourir de Plaisir″ (Blood and Roses).

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