NSFW! Édouard Dermit: Actor, Model, Painter


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Born in 1925, Édouard Dermit met the French author, artist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau at the age of 22. Édouard worked in an underground mine. He impressed Cocteau originally with his good looks, and then with his intelligence and gentleness.

“I congratulate myself on having chosen my son. And where did he come from? From a disoriented family of Yugoslav peasants who live in the mines of the East. In Bouligny, where a crass stupidity reigns. Neither the father nor the mother knows how to write. But the mother knows all the sagas by heart and sings them.

“Édouard lived like a little savage. His brothers and sisters don’t look like him. A child of his calibre is as rare as a great artist. I never gave him a single piece of advice. I ask him for it. He guesses everything. His soul is perfect.”

Jean Cocteau was already in his fifties, openly gay and one of the most celebrated authors and artists of his age. He also made movies like The Blood of a Poet in 1930 with Féral Benga.

NSFW! Click here: Féral Benga full-frontal nude.

Cocteau’s previous relationships included Raymond Radiguet, the young bisexual enfant terrible of French literature, Panama Al Brown, the openly gay champion boxer, and Jean Marais, French cinema star and former lover of King Umberto II of Italy.

NSFW! Click here: Raymond Radiguet full-frontal nude.

Édouard Dermit and Jean Cocteau began a relationship that lasted until Cocteau’s death. The filmmaker cast the young miner in his films. The camera loved him.  Watch him in L’Aigle à deux têtes (1948 ) or Orpheus (1950) at the Internet Archive — free and legal — by clicking the links.

NSFW! Click here: Édouard Dermit full-frontal nude.

NSFW! Click here: Édouard Dermit full-frontal nude.

But acting was not Édouard’s true passion. That was painting. The self-taught painter enjoyed a long and successful career as an artist.

Following Jean Cocteau’s death, Édouard Dermit married. However, he remained open about his bisexuality and his relationship with Jean Cocteau. He also contributed substantially to works and collections dedicated to preserving Cocteau’s legacy.

Édouard Dermit died in 1995 aged 70. He is buried alongside Jean Cocteau.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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