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Moreau, Jeanne

Born: 1928 AD
Currently alive, at 87 years of age.
Nationality: French
Categories: Actresses, Entertainers

1928 – Jeanne Moreau, born on the 23rd of January in Paris. She is an actress best known for her multifaceted performances in French New Wave films of the 50s and ’60s.

1948 – She studied at the Conservatoire Nationale d’Art Dramatique and became at 20 years of age the youngest member of the Comédie-Française.

1949 – Le Dernier Amour (The Last Love) marked her film debut.

1957 – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (“Elevator to the Scaffold”; released as Frantic).

1958 – Les Amants (The Lovers) brought her international fame as the embodiment of feminine mystery.

1960 – 1961 – Her performances as alienated modern women in Moderato cantabile and La notte (The Night) and as the volatile, enigmatic Catherine of Jules et Jim established her as a remarkable actress and compelling screen presence.

1962 – 1972 – Notable later films included Le Procès (The Trial), Le Journal d’une femme de chambre (Diary of a Chambermaid), Campanadas a Medianoche (Falstaff, or Chimes at Midnight), and Nathalie Granger.

1979 – She also turned to directing, most notably with L’Adolescente (“The Adolescent”), which starred Simone Signoret.