- Category : 1900-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (1,20)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Vessel of Love 2
French actress and the first wife of film director Jean Renoir. Hessling appeared in 15, mostly silent, films before retiring from the acting profession and withdrawing from public life in the mid-1930s.
In 1917, her beauty came to the attention of Henri Matisse, who sent her to fellow artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir as he thought she looked like a suitable Renoir subject. Hessling modelled, clothed and nude, for Renoir until his death in December 1919. Renoir's second son, Jean, fell in love with Hessling, and the couple married on 24 January 1920. Hessling gave birth to a son, Alain Renoir, on 31 October 1921.
The couple separated in 1931, and their divorce was finalised in 1943.
Hessling died in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Paris on 28 September 1979, aged 79.