Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Award-winning French actress Jeanne Moreau dies at 89

Actress Jeanne Moreau arrives at the European film awards ceremony in Berlin. File French acting legend Jeanne Moreau dies at 89
Elaine Woods | 01 August, 2017, 22:57

Jeanne Moreau is famously known for her screen roles in various films such as Jules et Jim.

Politicians and celebrities have paid tribute to late French actress Jeanne Moreau.

This 1958 film noir classic from the French director Louis Malle was Moreau's 21st film-acting credit, according to her IMDB record, but it was treated as her coming out on the global film scene, so confident and overpowering was her turn as a femme fatale scheming to murder her wealthy husband.

Jeanne Moreau in her role as "Mata Hari, Agent H-21", in Paris.

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Thanks to her striking looks and impulsive characters, some called her the French Bette Davis.

Often flitting between popular and art-house films, Moreau appeared in a wide variety of worldwide films including, Viva Maria! alongside Brigitte Bardot and George Hamilton, The Yellow Rolls Royce, Frankenheimer's The Train alongside Burt Lancaster and Luc Besson's Nikita. Her other career highlights included 1960's Seven Days... In 1957, she played Maggy in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Peter Brook. It was a brilliant evening. "Moreau received a BAFTA Fellowship in 1996 honouring her remarkable career", a representative commented.

There was far more to Moreau, of course. 'Sorry, Jeanne, but this is beyond us. In the context of the movie world, we speak a lot today about women's empowerment and the obvious paths to it: We need to write, direct, tell our own stories. We headed out into the night at the earliest opportunity. She also starred in a number of Hollywood films, like The Last Tycooon and Orson Welles' The Trial, based on the Franz Kafka novel. "I am not disturbed from my aim by outside pressures such as family, passionate relationships, dealing with who am I-those complications when one is searching for one's self". His movies, his voice, his talent had made her a essential personality of the French cinema of the past sixty years. From what she said, it wasn't easy for her. When Jeanne, a fellow addict, saw me reading a copy and asked where I'd found it, I offered to buy one for her as well, and things went on from there. Correctly or not, I got the impression that her two years in Los Angeles represented an unusually isolated, perhaps even lonely period in her life, with much of it devoted to a memoir that she ended up never finishing and tossing out, never to be read by an outsider. She was an artist on a mission, and from then to now that's all that mattered.

The renowned French actress's death was confirmed by the mayor of the Paris district where the star was residing, Variety reported.

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