Simone Melchior

Person or entity appearing in film

1919 – 1990

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Who was Simone Melchior?

Simone Melchior Cousteau was the wife and business partner of undersea explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. The first woman scuba diver and aquanaut, Simone was at Jacques's side during his major underwater accomplishments. She led him to the men and money who would build his scuba invention, she helped buy their beloved Calypso, saved the ship during a storm, and made sure each exploration achieved its objective.

Although never visible in the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau series, Simone played a key role in the operation at sea. Acting as mother, healer, nurse and psychiatrist to the all-male crew for 40 years, her nickname was "La Bergere," the Shepherdess.

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Born
Jan 19, 1919
Toulon
Also known as
  • Simone Cousteau
  • Simone Melchior Cousteau
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Nationality
  • France
Died
Dec 1, 1990
Monaco

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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