- NAME: Jeanne Moreau
- OCCUPATION: Actress
- BIRTH DATE: January 23, 1928 (Age: 86)
- Did You Know?: Jeanne Moreau starred in Louis Malle's The Lovers, a 1958 film that was censored and considered obscene for its candid depiction of female sexuality.
- EDUCATION: Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique, Lycee Edgar-Quinet
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Paris, France
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius
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Legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau is known for her fearless, sensual performances in films including Jules and Jim, The Lovers and The Bride Wore Black.
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Iconic French actress Jeanne Moreau was born in Paris, France, on January 23, 1928. After an early stage career, she became one of the leading presences of the French New Wave of the 1960s, working with film directors like Louis Malle (The Lovers) and François Truffaut (Jules and Jim). More than a half-century career,
"Life is an accomplishment and each moment has a meaning, and you must use it."
she has appeared in nearly 150 movies and has become legendary for the sensual beauty and strong personality that illuminate her performances.
Jeanne Moreau was born on January 23, 1928, in Paris, France. Her father, Anatole-Desire Moreau was a restaurant owner. Her mother, Kathleen (née Buckley), was an English dancer who had come to Paris to perform at the Folies Bergère cabaret hall.
Moreau's parents divorced when she was 11 years old. Her mother returned to England (with Moreau's younger sister, Michelle), and her father stayed in Paris. During the German occupation of Paris in the early 1940s, Moreau was raised by her father and lived above the restaurant that he managed.
When she was 15, Moreau saw the play Antigone by Jean Anouilh and decided that she wanted to be an actress. Against her father's wishes, she attended the Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique in Paris and made her stage debut at the Avignon Theatre Festival in 1947. By the age of 20, she was the youngest full-time member of the venerable Comédie-Française, where she performed for four years. In 1951 she moved to the Théâtre Nationale Populaire.
In her 20s, Moreau began to receive small roles in minor films. She was paid $300 for her first job, a part in the 1949 film Last Love. Her breakthrough project was a role in a crime drama titled Elevator to the Gallows, directed by Louis Malle in 1957. Moreau and Malle both became major figures of the French New Wave movement. Their professional collaboration on the erotically charged drama The Lovers in 1959, as well as their personal relationship as real-life lovers, drew the attention of moviegoers and reviewers around the world.
Moreau's best-known film role may have been Catherine, the free-spirited heroine of François Truffaut's love-triangle drama Jules and Jim (1962). She collaborated again with Truffaut in 1967's The Bride Wore Black. Throughout the 1960s, she worked with many important international filmmakers who appreciated her intelligence, wit and fearless determination as well as her intense beauty. She was directed by Peter Brook in Seven Days... Seven Nights in 1960, Michaelangelo Antonioni in La Notte in 1961; Luis Buñuel in Diary of a Chambermaid in 1964; and Orson Welles in The Trial in 1962 and The Immortal Story in 1968.
Moreau continued to work throughout the 1970s, '80s and '90s, usually on European film projects rather than with Hollywood studios. (There were a few exceptions, such as her role in American director Elia Kazan's 1976 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon). She appeared in Luc Besson's action thriller Nikita in 1990, Wim Wenders's futuristic Until the End of the World in 1991 and Antonioni's romance Beyond the Clouds, with Marcello Mastroianni, in 1995. In 2001 she portrayed French writer and director Marguerite Duras in Cet Amour-là.
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