Award-winning French actress Jeanne Moreau dead at 89

Posted August 01, 2017

And in the annals of French cinema, I would argue that Moreau was the only actress who could have possibly conveyed the same convincing world-weary, time-tested wisdom about love that Arletty embodied to perfection in Children of Paradise.

At a young age, Jeanne said, she'd gone to the Paris police station near her home and told the officer on duty that there must be some mistake, the uninteresting people she was living with could not possibly be her parents. No cause of death is known.

According to French president Emmanuel Macron, Moreau was "a legend of cinema and actress engaged in the whirlwind of life with an absolute freedom".

Commanding and captivating even in quietude, Moreau was unafraid to let the seams of life show in her onscreen roles. A year later, she was awarded a Bafta fellowship.

The legendary actress, known best for her role in Francois Truffaut's 1962 "Jules and Jim", spent nearly 60 years in the spotlight.

Moreau, who also appeared in Hollywood movies like "The Last Tycoon" and Orson Welles' "The Trial", also directed and wrote screenplays as well as acting and singing, The Guardian reported.

She was hitched to William Friedkin from 1977 to 1979 and already to Jean-Louis Richard. In the '70s, Moreau joined the American star for a panel appearance at the Festival of Women's Films in NY.

Beyond her love affair with Cardin, with whom she starred in the 1973 film "Joanna Francesa", the actress had close links to the fashion industry.

"Remembering this magnificent day when I first met my favorite actress Jeanne Moreau", Madonna captioned a set of pictures of herself with Moreau. "Nine years of bad films - it was a cinematic adolescence", she said in 1965. Moreau often played women of experience, and off screen she had so many lovers she once boasted to a reporter she wanted to build a house and fill it with her favourite men. In America, her greatest fame came with Francois Truffaut's "Jules et Jim" (1962) in which her character, Catherine, enchants, beds, and confounds two best friends (Oskar Werner and Henri Serre) on the way to self-destruction.

One of the irritations of modern Internet culture is the haphazard way the word "iconic" is thrown around, basically as an all-purpose synonym for "cool" or "thing I like". She married Jeanne's father, a restaurateur, and moved to the vicinity of Vichy.