Jeanne Moreau, the French actress who starred in such films as Jules And Jim and Diary Of A Chambermaid and whose independence, sensuality, and vitality embodied the spirit of the French New Wave, has died.
Moreau, who won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for Seven Days.
James wrote that Moreau's "famous sensual presence was backed up with formidable timing and technique", adding that every major director wanted to work with her, including Orson Welles, Michelangelo Antonioni, Joseph Losey and Luis Bunuel.
Actress Jeanne Moreau, an icon of French New Wave cinema who went on to become an global film star, has died in Paris, according to AFP.
Talking about feeling "nostalgic" for the French New Wave in the 1996's Moreau once said: "Nostalgia for what?"
Jeanne Moreau, whose agonizing excellence hypnotized worldwide film groups of onlookers in such movies as The Lovers, Jules et Jim and The Bride Wore Black, has passed on at 89 years old. But Moreau took for herself a kind of stealth empowerment, earning - from her audience and from filmmakers alike - admiration, respect and love in such immeasurable, blended quantities that you can't really distinguish one from another. Always the most important person on the screen, Moreau - though at home to comedy - traded in a Gallic seriousness that no trivial Anglophone could match.
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She began her film career with a role in Dernier Amour. Moreau is delightful in this French-language film as a Parisian maid who is sent to work at a country estate - and whose eyes are quickly opened to the dirty secrets and hidden desires of her seemingly normal bourgeois employers and neighbors.
She is survived by her son, Jérôme Richard, an artist. And she made cameos in "Ever After" and "Love Actually".
She served as president of the jury at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. His movies, his voice, his talent had made her a essential personality of the French cinema of the past sixty years.
She was married to William Friedkin from 1977 to 1979 and previously to Jean-Louis Richard.
She was also honoured with a Palm d'Or in 2003 and received a Cesar Award in 2008. I could feel it. Merde!
Her image on the sleeve of Miles Davis's soundtrack LP to that film secured her a permanent place in jazz iconography. A few years after The whirlwind, she was also out I have the memory fails, a title still today known to all.