The archetype of the debonair Frenchman, Charles Boyer became a star in Hollywood films in the 1930s, cementing his reputation after playing Napoleon opposite Greta Garbo in "Conquest" (also known as "Marie Walewska"). In the 1940s, he also became well-known for his appearances on Broadway, and, in the 1950s, he joined David Niven, Dick Powell and Ida Lupino in forming Four Star Productions, a company making TV series - all four frequently starred in Four Star Productions. Also in the 50s, and thereafter, he frequently returned to his native France for film work - sometimes, he would express regret at having done so much work in Hollywood, rather than Europe. His later years were beset by tragedy - his only son committed suicide in 1965 (at age 21), and his beloved wife (the British actress Patricia Patterson) endured a slow death from cancer. Boyer's devotion to her was such that he took a fatal barbiturate overdose within 48 hours or so of her death.