Jeanne Moreau, French New Wave Icon, Dead at 89

01 August, 2017, 22:59 | Author: Rita Burton
  • French film legend Jeanne Moreau dies at 89

Victor of the Best Actress award at Cannes for Moderato Cantabile in 1960, she received lifetime achievement awards from the Venice, Cannes, and Berlin International Film Festivals, as well as the BFI and the César Awards.

Talking about feeling "nostalgic" for the French New Wave in the 1996's Moreau once said: "Nostalgia for what?" She died at the age of 89.

"Remembering this magnificent day when I first met my favorite actress Jeanne Moreau", Madonna captioned a set of pictures of herself with Moreau. "People who wanted to be nice about my looks would say, 'You remind me so much of Bette Davis.' Very nice, except I can't stand Bette Davis". Those parents were understandably incensed when they came to pick her up, but Jeanne couldn't have cared less.

She worked with Orson Welles on a number of film projects, starring opposite Anthony Perkins in his adaptation of Kafka's The Trial.

Moreau quickly became a favorite of the filmmakers of the Nouvelle Vague (as the New Wave was known in France), working with great directors who knew uncannily well how to utilize her fearlessness, her emotive features, and the deep wellspring of haunted, haunting femininity that set her apart from her peers. European by her origins, her artistic choices have led her to collaborate with the greatest European artists of her generation.

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Moreau's brand of cool had less to do with frigidity, and more with just not giving a shot; if her heart was there, it was all out there, as in films such as The Bride Wore Black; but if she didn't care, that was your problem, not hers.

The French actress Jeanne Moreau was a lion of worldwide cinema, projecting ferocious intelligence, unapologetic independence and staggering beauty throughout a career that spanned more than six decades, with almost 150 acting credits to her name. "When I am infatuated, it impacts my pleasure in acting", she told Playboy in 1965. The future star caught the acting bug after seeing a production of Jean Anouilh's Antigone and made her way to the Conservatoire de Paris.

She had a son, Jerome, in 1949 from her first marriage to Jean-Louis Richard. 'Sorry, Jeanne, but this is beyond us.

The Guardian wrote that Moreau almost played the iconic role of Mrs. Robinson in 1967's "The Graduate" opposite Dustin Hoffman, but she turned down the role. She also had a high-profile, five-year relationship with designer Pierre Cardin, described by both as "true love" although they never married.


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