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 starred in more than 100 films, recorded albums, won an honorary Oscar in 1998 for lifetime achievement and numerous French cinema and theatre awards, and presided over the jury at the Cannes Film Festival twice. She followed that role with starring turns in films like Roger Vadim's Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1959), Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte (1961), and François Truffaut's Jules And Jim (1962), the first of several collaborations between Truffaut and Moreau and one of the great classics of the French New Wave. Jeanne Moreau has marked European culture with her talent and her art will continue to charm and enchant all audiences long after her passing away.
"Oh no, Jeanne Moreau has died", wrote one user.
Shortly after this trip, Jeanne invited me to accompany her to a Friday night dinner at the Hollywood Hills home of her former director and lover, Tony Richardson, who had left Vanessa Redgrave for Jeanne back in the mid-'60s when they made two perfectly awful films together, Mademoiselle and The Sailor from Gibraltar.
Jeanne Moreau had a son.
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Her image on the sleeve of Miles Davis's soundtrack LP to that film secured her a permanent place in jazz iconography. Despite her character's name being absent from the film's title, it was Moreau's picture which was used to market the film.
Her most famous role came in Jules And Jim, in which her iconic laugh and modern style became immortalised in film posters.
French president Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to the late star on his twitter early Monday morning, calling her a "movie and theater legend" who was "engaged in the whirlwind of life with absolute freedom". 'Sorry, Jeanne, but this is beyond us.
But it was 1962's "Jules et Jim" that made Moreau an worldwide star and gave her the freedom to play within the kind of contradictory natures still seldom granted female performers. She was previously married to French actor Jean-Louis Richard from 1949 to 1964. Offscreen, Moreau overflowed sentiment and riddle: She was compared to the free-vivacious lady with two darlings whom she played in Francois Truffaut's Jules et Jim.
Said the actress herself, in an interview with Film Comment magazine, "I was at that age where one lives very egocentrically".