On the night of October 30 to 31, 2020, it was at the age of 90 that Sean Connery died in his sleep. During his life, the famous James Bond performer had been married twice. At the age of 32, it was in 1962 that he said ‘yes’ to Australian actress Cilento. A year later, the couple welcomed a baby boy, Jason. After more than ten years of love, it was in 1973 that they had divorced. During her life, the pretty blonde has been married three times. Before meeting Sean Connery, she had married Andrea Volpe, an Italian aristocrat with whom she had a daughter, Giovanna. In 1985, she said ‘yes’ to screenwriter Anthony Schaffer, with whom she was until the latter’s death in 2001.
Very early on, Diane Cileton wanted to be an actress. After being expelled from her school in Australia, the pretty blonde had been educated in New York, before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, in England. Over the course of her career, Sean Connery’s ex-wife has appeared in around forty films. If Hollywood had turned its back on her in the mid-nineties, the actress had returned to Australia, where she ran an open-air theater named Karnak, located in Mossman, Queensland in the middle of a forest. On October 6, 2011, she died of cancer at the age of 78.
Was Diane Cileton jealous of Sean Connery’s success?
In an interview with Paris Match, Micheline Roquebrune, the second wife of Sean Connery had revealed that the latter had been very marked by this unhappy first marriage. “An actress too, she was very jealous of his success and spent her time putting it down to earth. He had lost all confidence in himself. He didn’t tell me right away, but shortly after our visit. meeting, he confessed to me that he was very unhappy in his marriage “, she had revealed. In 2006, Diane Cilento accused the actor of having been physically and psychologically violent during their marriage. Assuring that this was wrong, Sean Connery had confided: “Diane is not recovering from the end of our marriage and I have already had to face her accusations of violence. Now the lies seem to get even more vicious.”
Diane Cilento and Sean Connery © Zuma Press