The iconic French actress, Jeanne Moreau, has died at the age of 89 in Paris. Regarded as the femme fatale of French cinema, her raspy, yet seductive voice, earned her award-winning roles in the films Elevator to the Gallows and most notably, Jules et Jim where she played the troubled Catherine.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron confirmed her death today with a statement that honored both her lust for life and her willingness to embrace daring roles. “Her strength was to never be where she was expected, being adept at escaping the categories that people all too quickly wanted to put her in—the seductive woman, the femme fatale—to embrace other genres, other narratives,” Macron said.
Born in Paris in 1928 to a restaurant owner and a dancer, Moreau decided at fifteen that she would become an actress. Much to her parent’s demise, the star told a reporter at the French paper “Le Fiagro” in 2001, that her father’s disdain for acting only forced her “toward excellence”. This determination and all-or-nothing attitude was what Macron called the “gleam in her eye that discouraged reverence and invited insolence, freedom and life’s ups and downs…”.
Starring in more than 100 films, the actress also lent her talents to singing, screenwriting, and directing. In 1998, she won an honorary Oscar of lifetime achievement and later in 2000, she became the first woman ever to be admitted to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Her personal style, which was equally as expressive as her acting, earned her close friendships with designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Giambattista Valli, and Anthony Vaccarello, many of whom have taken to social media in her remembrance. On screen, she also wore custom looks by Chanel and Givenchy.END
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