Jeanne Moreau

Biography

Date of Birth 23 January 1928, Paris, France Mini Biography When people gave Louis Malle credit for making a star of Jeanne Moreau in Ascensor para el cadalso (1958) immediately followed by Les amants (1958), he would point out that Moreau by that time had already been "recognized as the prime stage actress of her generation." She had made it to the Comédie Française in her 20s. She had appeared in B-movie thrillers with Jean Gabin and Ascenseur was in that genre. The technicians at the film lab went to the producer after seeing the first week of dailies for Ascenseur and said: "You must not let Malle destroy Jeanne Moreau". Malle explained: "She was lit only by the windows of the Champs Elysées. That had never been done. Cameramen would have forced her to wear a lot of make-up and they would put a lot of light on her, because, supposedly, her face was not photogenic". This lack of artifice revealed Moreau's "essential qualities: she could be almost ugly and then ten seconds later she would turn her face and would be incredibly attractive. But she would be herself". Moreau has told interviewers that the characters she played were not her. But even the most famous film critic of his generation, Roger Ebert, thinks that she is a lot like her most enduring role, Catherine in François Truffaut's Jules y Jim (1962). Behind those eyes and that enigmatic smile is a woman with a mind. In a review of "Screen Two: The Clothes in the Wardrobe (#9.1)" (1993) Ebert wrote: "Jeanne Moreau has been a treasure of the movies for 35 years... Here, playing a flamboyant woman who nevertheless keeps her real thoughts closely guarded, she brings about a final scene of poetic justice as perfect as it is unexpected". Moreau made her debut as a director in Lumière (1976) -- also writing the script and playing Sarah, an actress the same age as Moreau whose romances are often with directors for the duration of making a film. She made several films with Malle. Still active in international cinema, Moreau presided over the jury of the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. Spouse William Friedkin (1977 - 1979) (divorced) Teodoro Rubanis (1966 - ?) (divorced) Jean-Louis Richard (1949 - 1951) (divorced) 1 child

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Jules and Jim

Catherine

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Elevator to the Gallows

Florence Carala

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The Bride Wore Black

Julie Kohler

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Diary of a Chambermaid

Céléstine

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La Notte

Lidia

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Chimes at Midnight

Doll Tearsheet

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The Train

Christine

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The Lovers

Jeanne Tournier

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Time to Leave

Laura

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Bay of Angels

Jacqueline 'Jackie' Demaistre

Starring In
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Belmondo L'Incorrigible

Self (archive footage)

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House of Cardin

Self (archive footage)

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Jeanne Moreau - Die Selbstbestimmte

Self (archive footage)

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Magician: Astonishing Life & Work Of Orson Welles

Self

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Gebo and the Shadow

Candidinha

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Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen

(archive footage)

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A Lady in Paris

Frida

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Lullaby to My Father

Narrator (voice)

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Deux de la Vague

Self (archive footage)

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Kerity, la maison des contes

Eléonore (voice)

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Visage

Jeanne

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One Day You'll Understand

Rivka

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Disengagement

Françoise

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To Each His Own Cinema

The old woman / Self (segment "Trois Minutes")

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Romée & Juliette

Laurence

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Time to Leave

Laura

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Go West

Journalist

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Akoibon

Madame Paule

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Ashes and Snow

French Narrator (voice)

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De Caunes/Garcia - Le meilleur de Nulle Part Ailleurs

Self (archive footage)

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Love Actually

Taxi passenger Marseille Airport (uncredited)

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Balzac

Charlotte-Laure

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Ever After: A Cinderella Story

Grande Dame

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I Love You, I Love You Not

Nana

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A Witch's Way of Love

Eglantine

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Amour & Confusions

Libra

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The Proprietor

Adrienne Mark

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Catherine the Great

Elizabeth

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The World of Jacques Demy

Herself

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One Hundred and One Nights

La première ex-épouse de M. Cinéma

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Orson Welles: The One-Man Band

(segment "The Deep") (archive footage)

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Beyond The Clouds

Friend

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A Foreign Field

Angelique

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Map Of The Human Heart

Sister Banville

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The Lover

Narrator (French and English version) / Récitante (voice)

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Until The End Of The World

Edith Farber

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The Suspended Step of the Stork

The Woman

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The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea

Lady M

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Nikita

Amande

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Alberto Express

La baronne

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La femme fardée

Le Doria

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The Architecture of Doom

Narrator (French version) (voice)

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Hôtel Terminus

Narrator

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Le miraculé

Sabine, dite 'La Major'

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Le paltoquet

La tenancière

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Lillian Gish

Self - Interviewer

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Querelle

Lysiane

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A Thousand Billion Dollars

Mme Benoît-Lambert

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La Truite

Lou Rambert

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Heat of Desire

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Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid

Lili Marlene

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The Adolescent

La narratrice (voice) (uncredited)

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The Last Tycoon

Didi

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Lumiere

Sarah Dedieu

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Mr. Klein

Florence Klein

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Hu-Man

Sylvana

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Souvenirs d'en France

Berthe - une lingère

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Le Jardin qui Bascule

Maria

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Going Places

Jeanne Pirolle

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Creezy (La Race des Seigneurs)

Renee Vibert

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Dear Louise

Louise

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Nathalie Granger

Other Woman

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Countdown

Madeleine St Rose

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Monte Walsh

Martine Bernard

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The Immortal Story

Virginie Ducrot

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The Bride Wore Black

Julie Kohler

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The Sailor from Gibraltar

Anna

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The Oldest Profession

Mimi Guillotine (segment "Mademoiselle Mimi")

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Mademoiselle

Mademoiselle

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Chimes at Midnight

Doll Tearsheet

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Viva Maria!

Maria Fitzgerald O'Malley aka Maria II

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Mata Hari, Agent H21

Mata Hari / Margaretha Geertruida Zelle

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The Yellow Rolls-Royce

Lady Eloise Frinton - The Marchioness of Frinton

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The Train

Christine

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Diary of a Chambermaid

Céléstine

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The Victors

French Woman

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The Fire Within

Eva

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Bay of Angels

Jacqueline 'Jackie' Demaistre

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Banana Peel

Cathy / Mme Volney

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The Trial

Marika Burstner

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Eva

Eve Olivier

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Jules and Jim

Catherine

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A Woman is a Woman

Woman in Bar (uncredited)

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La Notte

Lidia

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5 Branded Women

Ljuba

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Moderato cantabile

Anne Desbarèdes

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I Dialoghi delle Carmelitane

Mère Marie de l'Incarnation

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The 400 Blows

Woman with dog (as Mademoiselle Jeanne Moreau)

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Juliette de Merteuil

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The Lovers

Jeanne Tournier

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Evidence in Concrete

Gloria Decrey

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Elevator to the Gallows

Florence Carala

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Not Delivered

Jacqueline Tourieu

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Three Days to Live

Jeanne Fortin

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L'étrange Monsieur Steve

Florence

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Hyänen unter Sich

Gina

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Strassensperre

Alice

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The Bed

Jeanne Plisson (segment "Billet de logement, Le")

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Touchez Pas au Grisbi

Josy

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A Woman of Evil

Marguerite de Valois, "La Reine Margot" / Queen Margot

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The Scheming Women

Mona Rémi

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Inside a Girls' Dormitory

Julie - la serveuse

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Julietta

Rosie Facibey

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Dr. Schweitzer

Marie Winter

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Three Sinners

Martine Annequin

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Pigalle St Germain des Près

La môme Pâquerette

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Last Love

Michèle

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