Iconic French Actress Jeanne Moreau Dies At Age 89

Nick Sanchez
August 1, 2017

Jeanne Moreau, an actress inextricably linked to the rise of French New Wave cinema and who ascended to become one of her country's most revered performers, has died.

Moreau, who had a four-year relationship with Pierre Cardin, won the best actress award at the Venice Film Festival in 1958 for Louis Malle's "The Lovers" and at the Cannes Film Festival in 1960 for "Seven Days..." The next year she co-starred in "The Trial" for Orson Welles, a filmmaker she'd later reunite with on "Chimes at Midnight" and "The Immortal Story", and who famously called her "the greatest actress in the world".

The award-winning star, whose films include Francois Truffaut's 1962 classic Jules And Jim, was found dead at her home in Paris on Monday.

"We're saddened to learn that Jeanne Moreau has passed away".

"Oh no, Jeanne Moreau has died", wrote one user.

I was fortunate to get to know Jeanne Moreau pretty well when I was working on foreign acquisitions and publicity for Roger Corman's New World Picturesin the mid-1970s. In 1998 she was the subject of a tribute at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, though the Oscar was the rare statue that eluded her during a career that spanned over six decades. The actress, who was presumably reminded of her past work in countless interviews and fan interactions, took a rather hard stance on nostalgia of any kind in her later years. Like many artists, it was invariably her next project that interested her the most.

She had a son, Jerome, in 1949 from her first marriage to Jean-Louis Richard.

Do you remember her films?

. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.

President Emmanuel Macron described her as "a legend of cinema and theatre" and "an actress engaged in the whirlwind of life with an absolute freedom". And she made cameos in "Ever After" and "Love Actually".

After starting her career on the stage, Moreau went on to star in a number of French films in the 1950s and 60s. When she told her father about her ambition, he slapped her. Jeanne was the only female invited, and when we were seated at the far end of the long table, far from Tony, she started fuming, chain-smoking instead of eating and wondering why she was invited at all. I could feel it. Merde! In Elevator to the Gallows, Moreau plays femme fatale Florence, a deceitful wife complicit in the murder of her husband - her intention is to run off with her lover, Julien (Maurice Ronet).

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