Renowned French actress Jeanne Moreau, who made his cinema debut in late forties and ruled the film industry in fifties and sixties, has reportedly died. The actress who will always be remembered for her stellar roles in top of the line movies including “Jules and Jim” and “Diary of a Chambermaid,” was 89. Jeanne Moreau, cause of death has not been specified till now.
The news of the actress’ demise was confirmed by the mayor of the Paris district where the actress lived.
Born on 23 January 1928, the actress was not just a simple actress. Besides being an actress, she was also a singer, screenwriter and director. She was a complete package and her theatre background may have to do with her all round versatility in the industry.
Jeanne Moreau won almost all the top awards in her illustrious career. She won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for Seven Days… Seven Nights (1960), the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress for Viva Maria! (1965), and the César Award for Best Actress for The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea (1992). She has also been the recipient of several lifetime awards, including a BAFTA Fellowship in 1996.
The actress made her theatrical debut when most of us were still not born. Moreau made her theatrical debut in 1947, and established herself as one of the leading actresses of the Comédie-Française. The actress achieved prominence as the star of Elevator to the Gallows (1958), directed by Louis Malle, and Jules et Jim (1962), directed by François Truffaut. Most prolific during the 1960s, Moreau continued to appear in films into her eighties.
In the meantime, French President Emmanuel Macron showered fulsome praise on Jeanne Moreau. Macron called her “a legend of cinema and theater … an actress engaged in the whirlwind of life with an absolute freedom.” Pierre Lescure, president of the Cannes Film Festival, tweeted: “She was strong and she didn’t like to see people pour their hearts out. Sorry, Jeanne, but this is beyond us. We are crying.”
Jeanne Moreau was married twice, first to actor, director and screenwriter Jean-Louis Richard (1949-51) and then to American film director William Friedkin (1977-79). She is survived by a son, actor Jerome Richard.