“Making films is no longer a way of acting, it is a way of life”
Jeanne Moreau (23 January 1928 – 31 July 2017) was a French actress, singer, screenwriter and director.
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 was also the recipient of several lifetime awards, including a BAFTA Fellowship in 1996.
Moreau made her theatrical debut in 1947, and established herself as one of the leading actresses of the Comédie-Française.
She began playing small roles in films in 1949, with impressive performances in the Fernandel vehicle Meurtres? (Three Sinners, 1950) and alongside Jean Gabin as a showgirl/gangster’s moll in the film “Touchez pas au grisbi” (1954). She 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.