Jeanne Moreau

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Jeanne Moreau was the sort of talent that could generate hyperbolic labels like "the world's greatest actress," which was how no less an authority than Orson Welles described her. For a half-century, Moreau constantly ... Read more »
Born: 01/22/1928 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Actor (121)

Gebo and the Shadow 2014 (Movie)

Candidinha (Actor)

L' Arbre 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mille milliards de dollars 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Lady in Paris 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Un voyageur 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Une Estonienne à Paris 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Carmel 2010 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Face 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kérity la maison des contes 2009 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

One Day You'll Understand 2008 (Movie)

Rivka (Actor)

Disengagement 2007 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

Everywhere At Once 2007 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Time To Leave 2006 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Elevator to the Gallows 2005 (Movie)

Florence Carala (Actor)

Go West 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cet Amour-La 2003 (Movie)

Marguerite Duras (Actor)

Francois Truffaut, An Autobiography 2003 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2002 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Balzac: A Life of Passion 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Catherine the Great 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Les Miserables 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Lisa 2001 (Movie)

Lisa Morain (Actor)

Beyond the Clouds 1999 (Movie)

Friend (Actor)

Fassbinder's Women 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Il Manoscritto del principe 1999 (Movie)

Princess di Lampedusa (Actor)

One Hundred and One Nights 1999 (Movie)

Actor for a Day (Actor)

Ever After 1998 (Movie)

Grande Dame (Actor)

Zaide 1998 (Movie)

Anna Sherman (Actor)

Amour et Confusions 1997 (Movie)

Mme Libra (Actor)

I Love You, I Love You Not 1997 (Movie)

Nana (Actor)

Witch Way Love 1997 (Movie)

Eglantine (Actor)

The Proprietor 1996 (Movie)

Adrienne Mark (Actor)

The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea 1995 (Movie)

Lady M (Actor)

The Universe of Jacques Demy 1994 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Map of the Human Heart 1993 (Movie)

Sister Banville (Actor)

My Name Is Victor 1993 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

The Summer House 1993 (Movie)

Lili (Actor)

A demain 1992 (Movie)

Tete (Actor)

Alberto Express 1992 (Movie)

The Baroness (Actor)

The Absence 1992 (Movie)

Wife of the Old Man (Actor)

The Lover 1992 (Movie)

of Marguerite Duras (Voice)

La Femme Nikita 1991 (Movie)

Amande (Actor)

The Architecture of Doom 1991 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Suspended Step of the Stork 1991 (Movie)

The Wife (Actor)

Until the End of the World 1991 (Movie)

Edith Farber (Actor)

Anna Karamazoff 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Femme fardee 1990 (Movie)

La Doria (Actor)

Jour apres jour 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Calling the Shots 1988 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Hotel Terminus: Klaus Barbie, His Life and Times 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

La Nuit de l'ocean 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Miracule 1987 (Movie)

Sabine (Actor)

Francois Simon - La Presence 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Paltoquet 1986 (Movie)

Hostess (Actor)

Sauve-toi, Lola 1986 (Movie)

Marie-Aude (Actor)

Plein Sud 1984 (Movie)

Helene (Actor)

Cote Coeur, Cote Jardin 1983 (Movie)

Lady with Little Dog (Actor)

Jean-Louis Barrault - A Man of the Theater 1983 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Lillian Gish 1982 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Querelle 1982 (Movie)

Lysiane (Actor)

The Trout 1981 (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

The Wizard of Babylon 1981 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lumiere 1976 (Movie)

Sarah Dedieu (Actor)

Mr. Klein 1975 (Movie)

Florence (Actor)

The Last Tycoon 1975 (Movie)

Didi (Actor)

Going Places 1974 (Movie)

Jeanne (Actor)

Hu-Man 1974 (Movie)

Sylvana (Actor)

Le Jardin Qui Bascule 1974 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Souvenirs d'en France 1974 (Movie)

Berthe (Actor)

Je t'aime 1972 (Movie)

Elisa Boussac (Actor)

Joanna Francesa 1972 (Movie)

Joana (Actor)

Joanna Francesca 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Race des "Seigneurs," La 1972 (Movie)

Renee (Actor)

Chere Louise 1971 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

Alex in Wonderland 1970 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Comptes A Rebours 1970 (Movie)

Madeleine (Actor)

L' Humeur Vagabonde 1970 (Movie)

Myriam (Actor)

Monte Walsh 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Langlois 1969 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Great Catherine 1968 (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

The Bride Wore Black 1968 (Movie)

Julie Kohler (Actor)

The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir 1968 (Movie)

Singer (Actor)

Chimes at Midnight 1967 (Movie)

Doll Tearsheet (Actor)

The Sailor From Gibraltar 1967 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Une Histoire Immortelle 1967 (Movie)

Virginie Ducrot (Actor)

Banana Peel 1965 (Movie)

Cathy (Actor)

The Train 1965 (Movie)

Christine (Actor)

A Woman Is a Woman 1964 (Movie)

Woman in Bar (Actor)

Bay of Angels 1964 (Movie)

Jackie Demaistre (Actor)

Diary of a Chambermaid 1964 (Movie)

Celestine (Actor)

Eve 1964 (Movie)

Eva Olivier (Actor)

Mademoiselle 1964 (Movie)

Mademoiselle (Actor)

Viva Maria 1964 (Movie)

Maria I (Actor)

Mata Hari, Agent H-21 1963 (Movie)

Mata Hari (Actor)

Moderato Cantabile 1963 (Movie)

Ann Desbaredes (Actor)

The Trial 1963 (Movie)

Miss Burstner (Actor)

The Yellow Rolls-Royce 1963 (Movie)

Marchioness of Frinton (Actor)

Jules and Jim 1962 (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

The Fire Within 1962 (Movie)

Jeanne (Actor)

The Victors 1962 (Movie)

Frenchwoman (Actor)

Five Branded Women 1960 (Movie)

Ljuba (Actor)

La Notte 1960 (Movie)

Lidia (Actor)

Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (Movie)

Juliette (Actor)

The 400 Blows 1959 (Movie)

Woman in Street With Dog (Actor)

The Carmelites 1959 (Movie)

Sister Marie (Actor)

Back to the Wall 1958 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

The Lovers 1958 (Movie)

Jeanne Tournier (Actor)

Julietta 1956 (Movie)

Rosie Facibey (Actor)

Les Intrigantes 1954 (Movie)

Mona (Actor)

Secrets d'Alcove 1954 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Grisbi 1953 (Movie)

Josy (Actor)

La Reine Margot 1953 (Movie)

Marguerite de Valois--The Queen Margot (Actor)

Nathalie Granger 1872 (Movie)

L'Amie--the Other Woman (Actor)

A Foreign Field (TV Show)

Actor

Catherine the Great (Movie)

Empress Elizabeth (Actor)

Go West (Movie)

(Actor)
Music (3)

Querelle 1982 (Movie)

("Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves") (Song Performer)

Alex in Wonderland 1970 (Movie)

songs("Le vrai scandale" "Le reve est la theatre") (Song)

The Sailor From Gibraltar 1967 (Movie)

("Jo Le Rouge") (Song Performer)
Director (3)

Lillian Gish 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Adolescente 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Lumiere 1976 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Lillian Gish 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Go West (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Writer (2)

L' Adolescente 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lumiere 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Jeanne Moreau was the sort of talent that could generate hyperbolic labels like "the world's greatest actress," which was how no less an authority than Orson Welles described her. For a half-century, Moreau constantly set the bar for performances by female actresses with her fearless, deeply emotive and passionate turns in such bona fide classics as "Elevator to the Gallows" (1958), "Jules and Jim" (1960), "The Trial" (1961), "Diary of a Chambermaid" (1964), "The Bride Wore Black" (1968), "Querelle" (1982) and countless others. The list of legendary directors who queued up to add her earthy sensuality and versatility to their films included figures like Welles, Francois Truffaut, Louis Malle, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, Luc Besson and Tony Richardson. But despite the quality of her performances, Moreau was largely unknown to mass audiences, especially in America, where she was generally regarded as an art house figure. More mainstream moviegoers knew her as Cinderella's great-granddaughter in "Ever After" (1998) than for "Jules and Jim." If the anonymity bothered Moreau, it never showed; she simply continued to give life-affirming performances well into her eighties while dabbling in work behind the camera on several occasions. Moreau was one of the few actresses whose work remained consistently top-notch for the entirety of her career, with bit parts and cameos as well-crafted as her leading roles. In doing so, she cemented her status as one of the cinema's greatest actors.

Relationships

Katherine Buckley

Mother
born in Lancashire, England danced in the Folies Bergere after parents separated in the late 1940s, Moreau's mother returned to England

William Friedkin Director

Husband

Louis Malle Director

Companion
involved in the late 1950s

Anatole Moreau

Father

Jean-Louis Richard

Husband
married in 1949 separated c. 1951 divorced

Jerome Richard

Son
from first marriage

Tony Richardson Director

Companion
involved in the mid-1960s

Teodora Rubanis

Husband
divorced in 1977

Francois Truffaut Director

Companion

EDUCATION

Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique

Paris 1946

Lycee Edgar-Quinet

1941

Milestones

2008

Starred in the drama "One Day You'll Understand"

2006

Cast in François Ozon's "Time to Leave"

2000

Appeared in the miniseries "Les Misérables" (Fox Family Channel) opposite Gérard Depardieu

1998

Honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (October)

1996

Appeared in "The Proprietor," directed by Ismael Merchant

1995

Named as president of the jury of the 48th International Cannes Film Festival

1994

Starred in TV film "A Foreign Field" (PBS)

1992

Starred in "The Summer House," renewing interest of American audience

1988

Narrated "Hotel Terminus: Klaus Barbie, His Life and Times"

1985

Made U.S. stage debut acting in Baltimore production of "The Night of the Iguana"

1984

Earliest TV work included the French-made "L'arbre" and the British-made "Vicious Circle"

1983

Film producing debut, the documentary featurette (54 minutes) "Lillian Gish"; also directed

1982

Founded production company Capella Films

1979

Directed second feature "L'Adolescente"

1976

Feature directorial debut, "Lumiere/Light"; also wrote the screenplay and starred in

1975

Served as president of the jury of the 28th International Cannes Film Festival

1975

Featured as subject of the short film "Chroniques de France – Jeanne Moreau," directed by Renaud de Dancourt

1974

Returned to the stage after many years to act in "La chevauchee sur le lac de Constance/The Ride Across Lake Constance"

1963

First (primarily) American film production, "The Victors"

1961

International star status confirmed with appearance in Francois Truffaut's "Jules et Jim/Jules and Jim"

1960

First English-language film, "Five Branded Women," an Italian-Yugoslavian-U.S. co-production

1958

Achieved prominence in cinema with performances in Louis Malle's "Ascenseur pour l'echafaud/Elevator to the Gallows" and "Les amants/The Lovers"

1956

Acted in director Peter Brook's French production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

1951

Acted with the Theatre National Populaire

1948

Feature film debut, "Dernier amour"

1947

Acted in Avignon Theater Festival

1947

Became the youngest person ever admitted to membership in the Comedie Francaise; first play with the company, "A Month in the Country," directed by Jean Meyer

Along with mother, was forced to stay in Paris during WWII; classified as an "enemy alien"

Served as editor-in-chief of the audiovisual magazine IN

Grew up living part of the time in Paris, and part of the time in Mazirat, her father's native village

Bonus Trivia

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Moreau received countless lifetime achievement awards, including a Career Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival (1992), two Honorary Césars (1995, 2008), a Life Achievement Award from the European Film Awards (1997), an Honorary Golden Berlin Bear from the Berlin International Film Festival (2000), and an Honorary Golden Palm from the Cannes Film Festival (2003).

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She served as president of the French Film Advances Commission from 1993-94.

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She also served as president of a French screenwriting workshop.

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"Acting is a craft, and the more you age, the better you are, the better you can express deep feelings." – Moreau to Daily News, Feb. 23, 1994

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"She's very strong and very fragile. Both, and very fast. Strong, and a minute later a fragility." – Anna Praedella, Moreau's housekeeper, to The New York Times, Oct. 6, 1996

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"The one essential quality that defines Jeanne is courage...She is not a gentle person. She's violent, extreme." – longtime friend Florence Malraux to The New York Times, Oct. 6, 1996

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"I am my past, I am my present, and I carry my future within me. You can't stay put; the world is constantly changing. I'm open to anything – and that's how I've met so many beautiful people and had so many incredible experiences." – Moreau in The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 6, 1996

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Moreau was announced to play the recurring guest role of the mother of Dr. Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston) on the NBC series "ER" beginning in 2000. She arrived for the first day of shooting but left over "creative differences."

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