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Summary Article: Moreau, Jeanne
From Chambers Biographical Dictionary


♦ French actress and director

Born in Paris, she studied at the Conservatoire National D'Art Dramatique. She made her Parisian stage debut with the Comédie-Française in A Month in the Country (1948) and was an acclaimed theatre actress before her film debut in Dernier Amour (1948, "Last Love"). An association with the directors of the French Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) brought her recognition as an intense, hypnotic film actress, capable of immersing her own personality in a succession of generally world-weary, sensual characterizations. Her most famous films include Les Amants (1958, The Lovers), La Notte (1961), Jules et Jim (1961, "Jules and Jim"), Le Journal d'une Femme de Chambre (1964, Diary of a Chambermaid) and Viva Maria (1965). Occasional English-language ventures met with little acclaim but she proved herself a formidable director with Lumière (1976) and L'Adolescente (1978, "The Adolescent"). The grande dame of French cinema, she was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 1996 and an Honorary Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003.

  • Gray, Marianne, La Moreau (1996).
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