French actress Jeanne Moreau (89) died

French actress Jeanne Moreau (89) died

The French actress Jeanne Moreau is at the age of 89 died. French media reported that she was in her house is dead, found by a housekeeper.

Moreau was one of the most famous French artists and is except as an actress also as a singer to become world famous.

The actress was in 1928 in the French capital, Paris born as the child of a French father and a British mother. In 1948 she made her debut on the stage at the festival of Avignon. She quickly became a star on stage, but on the white cloth glittered them only after a stuttering start.

So she refused make-up and found filmmakers to its appearance how not suitable for a movie star. But the director Louis Malle thought otherwise. His film Ascenseur pour l’Echafaud meant the breakthrough of Moreau.

Nouvelle Vague

Thanks to this film and her starring role in the film Les Amants was Moreau, considered as one of the most important actresses of the French Nouvelle Vague. In 1961 she was seen in the successful film Jules et Jim by François Truffaut. In 1968 she made with the same director for the film La mariée était and noir.

During the sixties, played the actress in more films of great directors, including La Notte by Michelangelo Antonioni , Le Journal d’une femme de chambre by director Luis Buñuel and several films of Orson Welles.

With her fame, grew also the interest of Hollywood, the French actress. They remained, however, in Europe concentrate. So be the actress without any hesitation ambitious projects as Spartacus (as the wife of Spartacus), The Graduate (as the seductive Mrs Robinson) and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (as the demonic Nurse Ratched).

Moreau’s entire film oeuvre counted eventually more than 130 titles, because she was to high leetijd active, as in Le Temps Qui Reste by François Ozon (as a grandmother of a dying cancer patient), Until The End of The World by Wim Wenders (as blind woman) and La Femme Nikita by Luc Besson (as a teacher at a school for assassins).


Jeanne Moreau in Ascenseur pour l’Echafaud

Director and singer

In 1976 directed Moreau for the first time, a film called Lumière. In 1979, she took place on the director’s chair for the film L’Adolescent.

Moreau was also successful as a singer. They are made in the course of the years, several albums and performed in 1984, even with Frank Sinatra in Carnegie Hall.


The actress has won several awards for her work. In 1992, she was at the film festival of Venice awarded a Golden Lion for her entire oeuvre. In the same year, she won a César for Best Actress for the film, An Old Lady Walked Into The Sea. In 1996 she was awarded a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, and in 2008 an Honorary César.

Moreau acted twice as chairman of the jury of the Cannes film Festival, in 1975 and 1995.

From 1949 to 1951 was Moreau married to director Jean-Louis Richard, with whom she a son. From 1977 to 1979 she was married to William Friedkin, the director of The Exorcist. Hereafter she married Teodoro Rubanis.

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