Jeanne Moreau in 1958
|Died||31 July 2017 (aged 89)|
|Occupation||Actress, screenwriter, movie director|
|Spouse(s)||Jean-Louis Richard (m. 1949–1951, divorced) 1 child|
Teodoro Rubanis (m. 1966)
William Friedkin (m. 1977–1979)
Life and career[change | change source]
She began her career as a stage actress and joined the celebrated "Comédie-Française" in 1948, aged only 20, one the youngest ever member of the company. During the same time, she was in small roles in movies.
She got her first major break when she met French director Louis Malle. He cast her in his movies L'ascenceur pour l'échafaud (1957) and Les amants (1958), which established her as a movie star in France. She also appeared in Roger Vadim's Les liaisons dangereuses (1959) and Peter Brooks's Moderato cantabile (1960), but it is with François Truffaut's iconic movie Jules et Jim (1961) that she became an international star.
She then went on to work with directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni (La Notte), Orson Welles (Le procès), Luis Bunuel (The Diary of a Chambermaid), etc. In the 1970s, she attempted directing with Lumières (1976) and L'adolescente (1979) with mixed success.
Moreau received many awards for best actress, including a César Award, a BAFTA, a prix d'interprétation at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1996 she received a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, a lifetime achievement award.
Sources[change | change source]
- Gates, Anita (31 July 2017). "Jeanne Moreau, Femme Fatale of French New Wave, Is Dead at 89". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
- "French actress Jeanne Moreau dies at 89". 31 July 2017 – via www.bbc.com.
- The Illustrated Who's Who of the Cinema, Lloyd, Weber & Dessler, Portland House, 1987.