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

Filmography

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)

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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)

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Joan of Paris 1941 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

Higher and Higher (Movie)

Millie (Actor)

La Loi Du Nord (Movie)

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Remorques (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Gerard Marshall

Husband
Married 1942 Divorced 1948

Mike Marshall Actor

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

Gerard Oury Actor

Husband
Married 1960 until his death July 19, 2006

Henri Vidal Actor

Husband
Married 1950 until his death Dec. 10, 1959

Milestones

2009

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

1999

Retired at age 79

1990

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

1986

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

1975

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

1970

Served as jury president at Cannes Film Festival

1963

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

1960

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

1955

Played Josephine to Raymond Pellegrin’s "Napoléon"

1950

Reunited with Marc Allégret for "The Naked Heart"

1948

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

1946

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

1946

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

1942

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

1941

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

1940

Fled to Hollywood, CA during German invasion of France

1938

Paired with Charles Boyer in "Orage/Storm"

1937

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

1936

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

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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.

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

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