Michèle Morgan

Her porcelain beauty allowed actress Michle Morgan to rise swiftly through the French film industry before World War II, but success in Hollywood proved elusive. The beguiling co-star of Charles Boyer in "Storm" (1938) ... Read more »
Born: 02/29/1920 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, FR


Actor (19)

The Fallen Idol 2006 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Le Chat et la Souris 1978 (Movie)

Wife (Actor)

Benjamin, or the Diary of an Innocent Young Man 1968 (Movie)

Comtesse DeValandry (Actor)

Lost Command 1965 (Movie)

Countess DeClairefons (Actor)

Bluebeard 1961 (Movie)

Celestine Buisson (Actor)

Maxime 1961 (Movie)

Jacqueline (Actor)

The Mirror Has Two Faces 1958 (Movie)

Marie-Jose (Actor)

If Paris Were Told To Us 1956 (Movie)

Gabrielle Estree (Actor)

Marguerite de la Nuit 1956 (Movie)


Marie Antoinette 1956 (Movie)

Marie Antoinette (Actor)

Daughters of Destiny 1954 (Movie)

Jeanne d'Arc (Actor)

Obsession 1954 (Movie)

Helene Giovanni (Actor)

The Proud Ones 1952 (Movie)

Nellie (Actor)

La Symphonie Pastorale 1948 (Movie)

Gerturde (Actor)

Passage to Marseille 1944 (Movie)


Joan of Paris 1941 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

Higher and Higher (Movie)

Millie (Actor)

La Loi Du Nord (Movie)


Remorques (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)


Her porcelain beauty allowed actress Michèle Morgan to rise swiftly through the French film industry before World War II, but success in Hollywood proved elusive. The beguiling co-star of Charles Boyer in "Storm" (1938) and Jean Gabin in "Port of Shadows" (1938) fled the Nazis in 1940, arriving in the United States and signing with RKO-Radio Pictures. She won the hearts of American moviegoers as "Joan of Paris" (1942), a beautiful martyr for the cause of freedom against the Third Reich. Losing out to Ingrid Bergman as Humphrey Bogart's co-star in "Casablanca" (1942), Morgan joined Bogart for Warner Brothers' follow-up "Passage to Marseilles" (1944), but the mismatched co-stars lacked chemistry and her Hollywood stock declined. Morgan traveled for work, to England for Carol Reed's "The Fallen Idol" (1948) and to Italy for Alessandro Blasetti's "Fabiola" (1949), but it was back in France that she resumed the balance of a long and distinguished career. In her thirties, Morgan enjoyed leading roles in Marc Allégret's "Maria Chapdelaine" (1950), Sacha Guitry's "Napoléon Bonaparte" (1955), and Claude Autant-Lara's "Marguerite du nuit" (1955), while transitioning in middle age to character parts in Claude Chabrol's "Bluebeard" (1963) and Mark Robson's "Lost Patrol" (1966), her last performance in English. Thrice-married and twice-widowed, Morgan retired from acting in 1999, just shy of her 80th birthday, retreating to a comfortable private life rich in accolades and honors for her value to the legacy of French cinema.


Gerard Marshall

Married 1942 Divorced 1948

Mike Marshall Actor

Born Sept. 13, 1944; father, Gerard William Marshall Died June 1, 2005

Gerard Oury Actor

Married 1960 until his death July 19, 2006

Henri Vidal Actor

Married 1950 until his death Dec. 10, 1959



Held solo exhibition of her abstract paintings at Paris gallery "Artistes En Lumière à Paris"


Retired at age 79


Made cameo in Giuseppe Tornatore’s "Stanno tutti bene/Everybody’s Fine," starring Marcello Mastroianni


Appeared in romantic drama "A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later"


Starred as a murder suspect in Claude Lelouch’s "Le chat et la souris/Cat and Mouse"


Served as jury president at Cannes Film Festival


Cast as a victim of French serial killer Henri Landru in Claude Chabrol’s "Bluebeard"


Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


Played Josephine to Raymond Pellegrin’s "Napoléon"


Reunited with Marc Allégret for "The Naked Heart"


Starred in Carol Reed directed mystery-drama "The Fallen Idol"


Returned to France to film "La symphonie pastorale/Pastoral Symphony," playing a blind country girl


Cast as a gangster’s wife who makes a play for mob driver Robert Cummings in thriller "The Chase"


Received top billing for RKO musical "Higher and Higher" opposite debuting Frank Sinatra


Signed with RKO-Radio Pictures; played lead role in Archie Mayo’s "Joan of Paris"


Fled to Hollywood, CA during German invasion of France


Paired with Charles Boyer in "Orage/Storm"


Cast in lead role by Marc Allégret in "Gribouille/The Meddler"


Worked as an extra in French films such as Yvan Noé’s "Mademoiselle Mozart" (1936) and "La vie parisienne/The Parisian Life"

Left home at age 15 for Paris, France; enrolled in acting classes with Renè Simon

Bonus Trivia


In 1944, Morgan built the house at 10050 Cielo Drive, the site of the Manson family murders. She was no longer the owner of the house at the time of the 1969 murders.


Morgan was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1969.