Up for Love

Up for Love is a 2016 Franco-Belgian romantic comedy film directed by Laurent Tirard and starring Jean Dujardin and Virginie Efira. The film is a remake of the 2013 Argentine film Corazón de León. Diane is a lawyer. After losing her phone, she receives a call from Alexandre, a funny and charming man who found the phone and intends to return it; as the conversation goes on, the two decide to arrange a date. Diane heads for the meeting with great expectations only to realise Alexandre is a man of diminutive stature. Jean Dujardin as Alexandre Virginie Efira as Diane Cédric Kahn as Bruno Stéphanie Papanian as Coralie César Domboy as Benji Edmonde Franchi as Monique Manöelle Gaillard as Nicole Bruno Gomila as Philippe Myriam Tekaïa as Stéphanie François-Dominique Blin as Sébastien Up for Love on IMDb

Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark

Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark was the fifth and youngest son and youngest child of King George I of Greece, belonging to a dynasty which mounted and lost the throne of Greece several times during his lifetime. Much of his life was spent living abroad, he was born at Pavlovsk, Imperial Russia, son of George I of Greece and his queen, Olga, a Russian grand duchess by birth. He was the youngest of their eight children, being twenty years younger than their oldest child, Constantine, he was called "Christo" in the family. His older brothers were future King Constantine I, George and Andrew. Prince Christopher’s nephew Philip, son of his brother Andrew, married the future Queen Elizabeth II Princess Elizabeth. Christopher, like his siblings, was a polyglot, speaking Greek, Danish, Russian and Italian; the siblings spoke Greek to one another, used English with their parents. The parents, spoke German to each other; the Greek royal family maintained close relations with the Danish royal family, to which they officially belonged.

The Hellenic royal line was a cadet branch of the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg dynasty which had mounted the throne of Denmark in 1863. When Christopher came of age he joined the Hellenic Navy, although he would rather have studied the piano. While a young man, he was offered no fewer than three different thrones - those of Portugal and Albania - but he declined them all, as he did not wish the stress of royal duties, he was engaged to Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife in about 1910. The engagement was terminated. On 1 January 1920, Christopher married a wealthy American widow, Nonnie May "Nancy" Stewart Worthington Leeds, at Vevey, Switzerland, his bride, a once-divorced and once-widowed commoner at least a decade older than the prince, was nonetheless recognised as Christopher's dynastic wife by his family. Her fortune, estimated in the tens of millions of dollars, was inherited from her second husband, a tin millionaire, eased the Greek royal family's exile during the 1920s.

The wedding followed a six-year engagement while the royal court-in-exile negotiated the terms and arrangements of the marriage. Shortly after their marriage, Princess Anastasia developed cancer, died in London on 29 August 1923, leaving no children from this marriage. Prince Christopher did, have a stepson, William Bateman Leeds Jr, who had, in 1921, married Princess Xenia Georgievna of Russia, she was Christopher's niece through his elder sister, Marie of Greece, Grand Duchess George of Russia. Prince Christopher remarried. Françoise was a daughter of Jean d'Orléans, Duc de Guise, Orléanist pretender to the throne of France, by his wife/first cousin, Isabelle d'Orléans. Isabelle was, in turn, a daughter of Philippe, Comte de Paris by his wife and first cousin, Infanta Isabel de Orléans y Borbon; the couple were married in 1929 in Italy. They were childless for a decade one child was born to Françoise: Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark was born in Rome in 1939, shortly before Prince Christopher's death.

In 1927, Prince Christopher paid a visit to the Long Island home of William and Xenia Leeds, who were his step-son and niece, respectively. Xenia had taken an interest in the strange case of a woman, Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, youngest daughter of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II; as Prince Christopher explained, "That was her story, fantastic as it was, there were many who believed − and still believe − in her, among them one or two members of the Imperial Family." He went on, "Dozens of people who had known the Grand Duchess Anastasia were brought to see the girl in the hope that they might be able to identify her, but none of them could come to any definite conclusion." Prince Christopher described her, "In the first place she was unable to speak Russian, which the Grand Duchess Anastasia, like all the Czar's children, had talked fluently − and would only converse in German."Summing up, he said of her, "The poor girl was a pathetic figure in her loneliness and ill health, it was comprehensible enough that many of those around her let their sympathy over-rule their logic...

She was unable to recognise people whom the Grand Duchess Anastasia had known intimately, her descriptions of rooms in the different palaces and of other scenes familiar to any of the Imperial Family were inaccurate." Prince Christopher recorded his thoughts on monarchy and those aspiring to it: "Nothing under the sun would induce me to accept a Kingdom. A crown is too heavy a thing to be put on lightly, it has to be worn by those born to that destiny, but that any man should willingly take on the responsibility, not being constrained by duty to do so, passes my comprehension." Prince Christopher of Greece died on 21 January 1940, aged 51. Greece, Prince. Memoirs of HRH Prince Christopher of Greece. London: The Right Book Club. Curley, Walter. Monarchs In Waiting. London: Hutchinson & Co Ltd. ISBN 0-09-122310-5. Louda, Jiri.