19 Facts About Jeanne Moreau


Jeanne Moreau was a French actress, singer, screenwriter, director, and socialite.


Jeanne Moreau made her theatrical debut in 1947, and established herself as one of the leading actresses of the Comedie-Francaise.


Jeanne Moreau won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for Seven Days.


Jeanne Moreau was the recipient of several lifetime achievement awards, including a BAFTA Fellowship in 1996, a Cannes Golden Palm in 2003, and another Cesar Award in 2008.


Jeanne Moreau's father was French; her mother was English, a native of Oldham, Lancashire, England and of part Irish descent.


Jeanne Moreau's father was Catholic and her mother, originally a Protestant, converted to Catholicism upon marriage.


Jeanne Moreau ultimately lost interest in school and, at age 16, after attending a performance of Jean Anouilh's Antigone, found her calling as an actor.


In 1947, Jeanne Moreau made her theatrical debut at the Avignon Festival.


Jeanne Moreau debuted at the Comedie-Francaise in Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country and, by her 20s, was already one of the leading actresses in the theatre's troupe.


Jeanne Moreau went on to work with many of the best known New Wave and avant-garde directors.


Jeanne Moreau worked with a number of other notable directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Orson Welles, Luis Bunuel, Elia Kazan, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, Carl Foreman, and Manoel de Oliveira.


Jeanne Moreau released several albums and once performed with Frank Sinatra at Carnegie Hall in 1984.


Jeanne Moreau's accomplishments were the subject of the film Calling the Shots by Janis Cole and Holly Dale.


Jeanne Moreau appeared in Rosa von Praunheim's film Fassbinder's Women.


Jeanne Moreau formerly was married to Jean-Louis Richard, and then to American film director William Friedkin.


In 1971, Jeanne Moreau was a signatory of the Manifesto of the 343 which publicly announced that she had obtained an illegal abortion.


Jeanne Moreau was a close friend of Sharon Stone, who presented a 1998 American Academy of Motion Pictures life tribute to Jeanne Moreau at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, academy headquarters, in Beverly Hills.


Jeanne Moreau died on 31 July 2017 at her home in Paris at the age of 89.


Jeanne Moreau's body was discovered by her cleaning maid and shortly before her death, she said she felt "abandoned" because she could not act anymore.