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Jeanne Moreau: Iconic 20th-century actress & French New Wave symbol
One of the greatest film icons of the 20th century, Jeanne Moreau was born on Jan. 23, 1928, in Paris.
She began her show business career in the late 1940s, appearing on stage at the Comédie-Française and later at the Théâtre National Populaire.
Moreau would become an international star of the first magnitude following lead roles in Louis Malle’s thriller Elevator to the Gallows (1958) and The Lovers (1959), which created a stir because of a – for the time – daring sex scene.
Other major Jeanne Moreau movies include Roger Vadim’s Les liaisons dangereuses (1959), an updated, Nouvelle Vague version of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ classic novel, co-starring Gérard Philipe; Michelangelo Antonioni’s psychological drama La Notte (1961), with Moreau as Marcello Mastroianni’s dissatisfied wife; and François Truffaut’s Jules and Jim (1962), in which she is seen frolicking in a three-way with Oskar Werner and Henri Serre.
Also: Joseph Losey’s Eva (1962), as an ambitious seductress out to get Stanley Baker; Luis Buñuel’s Diary of a Chambermaid (1964), as the titular diarist; and Lumiere, which Moreau herself directed.
She was last seen on the big screen in Alex Lutz’s 2015 release Le talent de mes amis (“The Talent of My Friends”).
Jeanne Moreau died on July 31, 2017.
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