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Jeanne Moreau

Jeanne MoreauBorn: 23-Jan-1928
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 31-Jul-2017
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Female
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Jules et Jim

Jeanne Moreau is widely praised as one of the greatest actresses of all time. A star of the French new wave cinema, she has appeared in more than 100 films, and from her early performances as a young, beautiful woman to her more wrinkled roles in recent years, she has almost always been deemed brilliant.

The Lovers, made in 1958, was considered a shocking endorsement of "free love", and she received strong reviews for Louis Malle's Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows). In 1961, she became an international star playing Catherine, the feminine side of a complicated ménage à trois in Truffaut's masterpiece Jules And Jim. Her many memorable films since include Orson Welles' Campanadas a medianoche (Chimes at Midnight) and Le Procès (Kafka's The Trial), A Foreign Field, and the terrific gangster tale Touchez pas au grisbi.

In François Truffaut's Hitchcock tribute The Bride Wore Black, Moreau's husband is killed almost as soon as they are pronounced man and wife, and she goes on a killing spree to avenge him. She had another memorable ménage à trois in Les Valseuses (released in America as Going Places), wherein, after passionately engaging Patrick Dewaere and Gerard Depardieu, Moreau's character expressed her intense angst or dissatisfaction or something by shooting herself in the crotch.

In 1960's heartbreaking drama La Notte, she said to her co-star and on-screen lover Marcello Mastroianni, "If I should want to die right now, it's only because I no longer love you. That's why I'm so in despair." It is not Moreau's most famous line or her most poignant delivery, but it is indicative of the reason she remains mostly unknown in America: to most American audiences, if they know her at all, Moreau is the blonde in all those pretentious European flicks. Her few mainstream hits in stateside include the 1964 thriller The Train and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon. In Ever After, Moreau played the old lady who explained that Cinderella was actually her great-great-grandmother.

Acting, Moreau has said, is not about "play-acting," but is rather "living in front of the camera." She has won numerous Best Actress awards, and been lauded with Lifetime Achievement honors by the European Film Academy and the Venice and Cannes Film Festivals.

Father: Anatole Désiré Moreau (restaurateur, d. 1983)
Mother: Kathleen Buckley (dancer)
Husband: Jean-Louis Richard (actor, b. 1927, m. 1949, div. 1951, one son)
Son: Jérôme Richard (artist)
Husband: Teodoro Rubanis (m. 1966, div.)
Husband: William Friedkin (film director, m. 1977, div. 1980)
Boyfriend: François Truffaut (film director)
Boyfriend: Louis Malle (film director)
Boyfriend: Lee Marvin (actor)
Boyfriend: Pierre Cardin (clothing designer)
Boyfriend: Theodor Rambow (Greek actor)
Boyfriend: Tony Richardson (film director)

    University: Paris Conservatoire


    The Adolescent (24-Jan-1979)
    Lumière (24-Mar-1976)

    They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (31-Aug-2018) · Herself
    Disengagement (6-Sep-2007) · Françoise
    Go West (20-Aug-2005)
    Time to Leave (16-May-2005)
    Cet amour-là (8-Sep-2001) · Marguerite Duras
    Les Misérables (4-Sep-2000)
    Balzac (13-Sep-1999)
    Ever After (29-Jul-1998) · Grande Dame
    Un Amour de Sorcière (19-Mar-1997)
    The Proprietor (9-Oct-1996)
    I Love You, I Love You Not (28-Aug-1996) · Nana
    Beyond the Clouds (3-Sep-1995)
    A Hundred and One Nights of Simon Cinema (25-Jan-1995)
    Catherine the Great (1995)
    A Foreign Field (10-Sep-1993) · Angelique
    Map of the Human Heart (22-Apr-1993) · Sister Banville
    The Summer House (1993)
    The Lover (22-Jan-1992) [VOICE]
    Until the End of the World (12-Sep-1991)
    The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea (9-Sep-1991)
    Alberto Express (5-Sep-1990)
    La Femme Nikita (21-Feb-1990) · Amande
    The Architecture of Doom (13-Oct-1989) [VOICE]
    Hôtel Terminus (7-Oct-1988) · Narrator
    Le paltoquet (13-Aug-1986)
    La Truite (22-Sep-1982)
    Querelle (31-Aug-1982)
    Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid (18-Dec-1981)
    Heat of Desire (29-Apr-1981)
    The Last Tycoon (15-Nov-1976) · Didi
    Monsieur Klein (23-Sep-1976)
    Lumière (24-Mar-1976)
    French Provincial (3-Sep-1975)
    Going Places (20-Mar-1974)
    Alex in Wonderland (17-Dec-1970) · Herself
    The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir (15-Dec-1970)
    Monte Walsh (2-Oct-1970) · Martine Bernard
    Great Catherine (29-Nov-1968) · Catherine
    The Immortal Story (24-May-1968)
    The Bride Wore Black (22-Mar-1968)
    The Sailor from Gibraltar (24-Apr-1967)
    The Oldest Profession (7-Apr-1967)
    Mademoiselle (3-Jun-1966)
    Chimes at Midnight (22-Dec-1965)
    Viva María! (22-Nov-1965)
    The Yellow Rolls-Royce (31-Dec-1964) · The Marchioness of Frinton
    The Train (22-Sep-1964) · Christine
    Diary of a Chambermaid (4-Mar-1964) · Céléstine
    The Victors (22-Nov-1963)
    The Fire Within (15-Oct-1963)
    Banana Peel (25-Sep-1963)
    Bay of Angels (1-Mar-1963)
    The Trial (21-Dec-1962) · Marika Burstner
    Eva (3-Oct-1962)
    Jules et Jim (23-Jan-1962) · Catherine
    La Notte (24-Jan-1961)
    Dialogue with the Carmelites (1-Jun-1960)
    Moderato cantabile (25-May-1960)
    5 Branded Women (15-Mar-1960)
    Dangerous Liaisons (9-Sep-1959)
    The 400 Blows (4-May-1959)
    The Lovers (Sep-1958)
    Elevator to the Gallows (29-Jan-1958)
    Queen Margot (25-Nov-1954)
    Touchez pas au Grisbi (1-Mar-1954) · Josy
    The Bed (1954)

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