Legendary 'Femme Fatale' Actress Is Dead at 89

Jeanne Moreau was one of France's most acclaimed actors
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 31, 2017 11:30 AM CDT
Face of French New Wave Cinema Is Dead at 89
A 1964 photo of French actress Jeanne Moreau in her role in "Mata Hari, Agent H21," in Paris.   (Uncredited)

French actress Jeanne Moreau, a smoky-voiced femme fatale who starred in Francois Truffaut's love triangle film Jules and Jim and whose award-winning, seven-decade career included work with some of the world's most acclaimed directors, has died at age 89, per the AP. No cause of death was revealed. President Emmanuel Macron said Moreau epitomized her art like few others, and he praised her for going beyond her earlier roles as a screen siren to embrace other genres, starring in comedies and action films. "That was her freedom ... always rebellious against the established order," Macron said. Outspoken and politically active, Moreau starred in more than 100 films, recorded albums, and worked well into her 80s.

She won an honorary Oscar in 1998 for lifetime achievement, as well as French cinema and theater awards, and presided over the jury at the Cannes Film Festival twice. The New York Times calls her the face of France's "New Wave" movement in cinema, first coming to the attention of US filmgoers in the 1958 movie The Lovers. Moreau also performed in films by Orson Welles, Peter Brook, Wim Wenders, and other international directors, and she starred in her last feature film in 2015, a French comedy called My Friends' Talent. But she was perhaps best known for her performance as Catherine in Truffaut's 1962 Jules and Jim, where two friends vied for her love. Her full IMDb profile is here. (Read more obituary stories.)

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