Moreau, Jeanne

born Jan. 23, 1928, Paris, France

French film actress.

At age 20 she became the youngest member of the Comédie-Française. She made her screen debut in The Last Love (1949) and won acclaim for her roles in Louis Malle's Frantic (1957) and The Lovers (1958). Though not conventionally beautiful, she became noted for her sensuality and sophistication. She starred in Moderato cantabile (1960), La notte (1961), and Jules et Jim (1961), playing a woman loved by two men in the movie that established her as an international star, and later in The Trial (1962), Diary of a Chambermaid (1964), and The Bride Wore Black (1968). She also directed films, including Lumière (1976) and L'Adolescente (1978).

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▪ French actress
born Jan. 23, 1928, Paris
 actress best known for her multifaceted performances in French New Wave films of the 1950s and '60s, although she continued her prolific film career into the 21st century.

      Moreau studied at the Conservatoire Nationale d'Art Dramatique and became at 20 years of age the youngest member of the Comédie-Française. Le Dernier Amour (1949; The Last Love) marked her film debut, but Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1957; “Elevator to the Scaffold”; released as Frantic, 1961) and Les Amants (1958; The Lovers) brought her international fame as the embodiment of feminine mystery and sexuality.

      Her performances as alienated modern women in Moderato cantabile (1960) and La notte (1961; The Night) and as the volatile, enigmatic Catherine of Jules et Jim (1962) established her as a remarkable actress and compelling screen presence. Her other notable films from the 1960s include Le Journal d'une femme de chambre (1964; Diary of a Chambermaid); Viva Maria! (1965), in which she starred opposite Brigitte Bardot (Bardot, Brigitte); and Campanadas a medianoche (1966; Falstaff, or Chimes at Midnight). She also turned briefly to directing, most notably with L'Adolescente (1979; “The Adolescent”), which starred Simone Signoret (Signoret, Simone).

      As Moreau's career continued into the 1980s and '90s, her films, notably Le Miraculé (1987; “The Miracle”) and La Vieille qui marchait dans la mer (1991; The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea), were well received in France. She starred in such varied roles as a seductive older woman in the BBC movie Clothes in the Wardrobe (1993; U.S. title The Summer House) and as a Jewish grandmother in I Love You, I Love You Not (1996).

      By the beginning of the 21st century, Moreau had starred in more than 130 films. Her later movies include Lisa (2001), Le Temps qui reste (2005; Time to Leave), and Plus Tard (2008; Later).

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