Simone Signoret

Actor, Typist
An iconic figure in the history of 20th century French cinema, Simone Signoret was an Oscar-winning actress whose sensuous and sensitive performances in such films as "Casque d'Or" (1952), "Les Diaboliques" (1955) ... Read more »
Born: 03/25/1921 in Germany

Filmography

Actor (38)

Army of Shadows 2006 (Movie)

Mathilde (Actor)

A Cat Without a Grin 2002 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Terrorists in Retirement 2001 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Death In This Garden 2000 (Movie)

Gin (Actor)

Guy De Maupassant 1982 (Movie)

DeMaupassant's Mother (Actor)

L' Etoile du nord 1981 (Movie)

Madame Baron (Actor)

Chere Inconnue 1979 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

Madame Rosa 1978 (Movie)

Madame Rosa (Actor)

Judith Therpauve 1977 (Movie)

Judith (Actor)

L' Adolescente 1977 (Movie)

Mamie (Actor)

Police Python.357 1974 (Movie)

Therese (Actor)

La Chair de l'orchidee 1973 (Movie)

Lady Vamos (Actor)

Les Granges Brulees 1972 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Rude journee pour la reine 1972 (Movie)

Jeanne (Actor)

Comptes A Rebours 1970 (Movie)

Lea (Actor)

La Veuve Couderc 1970 (Movie)

Veuve Coudere (Actor)

Le Chat 1970 (Movie)

Clemence (Actor)

Langlois 1969 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The American 1969 (Movie)

Leone (Actor)

The Confession 1969 (Movie)

Lise (Actor)

The Sea Gull 1968 (Movie)

Arkadina (Actor)

Games 1967 (Movie)

Lisa Schindler (Actor)

The Deadly Affair 1967 (Movie)

Elsa Fennan (Actor)

Is Paris Burning? 1966 (Movie)

Cafe Proprietress (Actor)

The Sleeping Car Murders 1966 (Movie)

Elaine Darres (Actor)

Ship of Fools 1965 (Movie)

La Condesa (Actor)

Sweet and Sour 1963 (Movie)

Genevieve (Actor)

Le Joli Mai 1962 (Movie)

Commentary (Actor)

Term of Trial 1962 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Love A La Carte 1959 (Movie)

Adua (Actor)

Room at the Top 1959 (Movie)

Alice Aisgill (Actor)

The Witches of Salem 1958 (Movie)

Elizabeth Proctor (Actor)

Diabolique 1955 (Movie)

Nicole Horner (Actor)

Thérèse Raquin 1952 (Movie)

Therese (Actor)

Casque d'or 1951 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

La Ronde 1950 (Movie)

The Whore (Actor)

Fantomas (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cheat (Movie)

Dora (Actor)

Biography

An iconic figure in the history of 20th century French cinema, Simone Signoret was an Oscar-winning actress whose sensuous and sensitive performances in such films as "Casque d'Or" (1952), "Les Diaboliques" (1955), "Room at the Top" (1957) and "Ship of Fools" (1965) drew critical acclaim for nearly four decades. She began in bit parts during the 1940s, eventually working her way up to supporting turns as tragic seductresses in "Dédée d'Anvers" (1948), among others. By the 1950s, she was showing exceptional depth in a wide variety of arthouse classics, including "Diaboliques," an enduring chiller that solidified her screen persona as a complex, even dangerous woman. In 1957, she became the first foreign actress to win an Academy Award for her turn as an unhappy wife in "Room at the Top," but surprised many by favoring continental productions over Hollywood. The decision was a shrewd one, as it gave her some of her best features, including "Army of Shadows" (1969), "Le Chat" (1971) and "Madame Rosa" (1977). A childhood spent under the shadow of Nazi Germany made her a dedicated supporter of human rights throughout her life, which culminated in the 1985 documentary "Terrorists in Retirement," about Eastern European Jews who fought in the French Resistance. It would be her final grand accomplishment before her death that year from cancer. Critics and audiences around the world mourned the passing of an actress whose bravery, honesty and commitment to cinema remained of the highest order.

Relationships

Yves Allegret Director

Husband
Allegret directed Signoret in such films as "Dedee d'Anvers" (1947), which he also wrote

Catherine Allegret

Daughter

Yves Montand Actor

Wife
Married 1951 until her death 1985 acted together in such films as "The Witches of Salem" (1956) and "The Sleeping Car Murders" (1965)

Milestones

1983

Provided the narration for "Des terroristes a la retraite/Terrorists in Retirement"

1982

Last acting role in a film, as the mother of "Guy de Maupassant"

1959

Returned to England to play a leading role in "Room at the Top"

1956

First co-starring appearance with Yves Montand, "The Witches of Salem"

1948

First English-language film, "Against the Wind"

1941

Screen debut, "Le Prince charmant"

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