Jeanne Moreau

Jeanne Moreau

  • Highest Rated: 100% Gebo and The Shadow (Gebo et l'ombre) (2014)
  • Lowest Rated: 32% The Lover (L'amant) (1992)
  • Birthday: Jan 23, 1928
  • Birthplace: Paris, France
  • One of the most recognizable faces of the French cinema, and also one of its most celebrated, Jeanne Moreau is a legend in her own right. Combining off-kilter beauty with strong character, Moreau came to embody forthright, devil-may-care sensuality in such films as Jules and Jim and The Bride Wore Black. Comparing her to some of her best-known colleagues, Ginette Vincendeau noted, "Where Brigitte Bardot was sex and Catherine Deneuve elegance, Moreau incarnated intellectual femininity."Born in Paris on January 23, 1928, Moreau was the daughter of an English dancer and a French barman who divorced when she was eleven. Growing up in Nazi-occupied Paris, she began to discover her love of literature and the theatre, and, opposing her father's wishes, she decided to become an actress. While still a student at the Paris Conservatoire, Moreau made her stage debut at the 1947 Avignon Theatre Festival. Shortly thereafter, she was invited to join the prestigious Comédie-Française, becoming on her twentieth birthday the youngest full-time member in the company's history. She stayed with the company for four years, appearing in almost all of their productions during that time. She left in 1951, finding it too restrictive and authoritarian, and joined the more experimental Théâtre Nationale Populaire.During this time, Moreau began to take bit parts in various films, particularly B-movie melodramas. Initially not considered attractive enough to be a movie star--thanks in part to her lack of interest in make-up--she was fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of a director who found her natural attributes to be just what he was looking for: Louis Malle, who directed the actress in her breakthrough film, the New Wave murder mystery Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) (1957). Following this film, Moreau remained Malle's favorite actress and off-screen lover for the next several years. The pair made headlines with their 1959 collaboration, Les Amants (The Lovers); the steamy tale of a bored housewife's extramarital affair pushed the boundaries of censorship on its U.S. release and led certain American gossip columnists to tag Moreau "the new Bardot." The actress' biggest international success was as the exuberant, free-spirited heroine of François Truffaut's Jules et Jim (1962); five years later, she worked again with Truffaut, starring as an icy murderess in the popular Hitchcock homage The Bride Wore Black (1967). Throughout the 1960s, Moreau worked with some of the cinema's most notable directors, collaborating with Peter Brooks on the 1960 Moderato Cantabile (for which she won a Best Female Performance award at the Cannes Film Festival), Michelangelo Antonioni on La Notte (1961), and Luis Buñuel on Le Journal d'une Femme de Chambre. Throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Moreau continued to work regularly, largely forgoing Hollywood fare in favor of European films. She made some of her more notable appearances in Bertrand Blier's Les Valseuses (1974), Luc Besson's La femme Nikita (1990), and Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World (1991). She also played minor but pivotal roles in The Lover (1992), to which she lent her sandpaper-and-whisky voice as the narrator; Antonioni's Beyond the Clouds (1995), in which she appeared with Marcello Mastroianni in one of his last roles; and Ever After (1998), one of her few Hollywood outings. Linked romantically with dozens of high-profile men over the decades, Moreau was for a brief period married to Exorcist director William Friedkin. In addition to her acting pursuits, Moreau put her talents to use behind the camera, directing Lumière (1976) and L'adolescente (1979). She has also served twice as the president of the Cannes FIlm Festival jury (1975 and 1995) and has won a number of honors, including a Golden Lion for career achievement at the 1991 Venice Film Festival and a 1997 European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

100% Gebo and The Shadow (Gebo et l'ombre) Candidinha 2014
No Score Yet Eleanor's Secret (le Secret D'eleonore) Éléonore 2013
No Score Yet Un Voyageur Actor 2013
No Score Yet Joanna Francesa Actor 2013
No Score Yet Lullaby To My Father Actor 2013
No Score Yet Une Estonienne à Paris Actor 2012
No Score Yet Gas-oil (Hi-Jack Highway) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Back To The Wall (Le Dos Au Mur) Actor 2011
66% Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague) Actor $28.3K 2010
No Score Yet La femme fardée Actor 2010
40% Carmel Actor 2009
64% Plus Tard (One Day You'll Understand) (Later) Rivka 2008
No Score Yet Disengagement Françoise 2007
75% Time to Leave Laura 2006
No Score Yet Go West Actor 2006
50% Cet Amour-La Marguerite Duras 2003
No Score Yet Firestarter 2: Rekindled Actor 2002
86% La Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels) Jackie Demaistre 2001
No Score Yet Les Miserables Actor 2001
No Score Yet Catherine the Great Empress Elizabeth 2000
No Score Yet The Prince's Manuscript (Il Manoscritto Del Principe) Actor 2000
No Score Yet Lisa Lisa (old) 2000
No Score Yet Balzac: A Life of Passion Actor 1999
91% Ever After: A Cinderella Story Grande Dame 1998
40% I Love You, I Love You Not Nana 1997
No Score Yet The Proprietor Adrienne Mark 1996
67% Beyond the Clouds Friend 1995
No Score Yet Old Lady Who Walked In The Sea Lady M. 1995
No Score Yet One Hundred and One Nights Actor for a Day 1995
No Score Yet A Foreign Field Angelique 1994
73% The Summer House Lili 1993
No Score Yet L'Univers de Jacques Demy (The Universe of Jacques Demy)(The World of Jacques Demy) Actor 1993
32% The Lover (L'amant) Narrator 1992
No Score Yet Alberto Express The Baroness 1992
88% Until the End of the World (Bis ans Ende der Welt) Edith Farber 1992
77% Map of the Human Heart Sister Banville 1992
No Score Yet To Meteoro vima tou pelargou (The Suspended Step of the Stork) The Woman 1991
No Score Yet Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea Actor 1991
88% La Femme Nikita (Nikita) Amande 1990
No Score Yet Le miraculé Sabine 1987
No Score Yet Paltoquet, Le (Paltoquet) The Brothel-Keeper Proprietress 1986
No Score Yet The Wizard of Babylon (Der Bauer von Babylon - Rainer Werner Fassbinder dreht Querelle) Actor 1983
58% Querelle Lysiane 1982
No Score Yet Mille milliards de dollars (A Thousand Billion Dollars) Madam Benoit-Lambert 1982
63% La Truite Lou 1982
No Score Yet Your Ticket is No Longer Valid Lili Marlene 1981
No Score Yet L'Adolescente (An Adolescent Girl) Director 1979
45% The Last Tycoon Didi 1976
No Score Yet Monsieur Klein Actor 1976
No Score Yet Lumiere Screenwriter Director Sarah 1976
100% Mr. Klein Florence 1976
No Score Yet The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir (Le petit théâtre de Jean Renoir) Singer 1974
80% Going Places (Les valseuses) Jeanne Pirolle 1974
No Score Yet Creezy Renee Vibert 1974
No Score Yet Souvenirs d'en France Berthe 1974
No Score Yet Joanna Francesca Actor 1973
No Score Yet Nathalie Other Woman 1972
No Score Yet Alex in Wonderland Herself 1970
88% Monte Walsh Martine Bernard 1970
92% The Immortal Story Viginie Ducrot 1968
81% The Bride Wore Black Julie Kohler 1968
No Score Yet The Oldest Profession (Le Plus vieux métier du monde) Mimi 1967
No Score Yet Mademoiselle Mademoiselle 1966
98% Chimes at Midnight Doll Tearsheet 1965
No Score Yet The Yellow Rolls-Royce Marchioness Eloise of Frinton 1965
86% Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre) Celestine 1965
92% The Train Christine 1965
No Score Yet Viva Maria! Maria II 1965
84% A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme) Herself 1964
No Score Yet Mata Hari, Agent H21 Actor 1964
No Score Yet The Victors French Woman 1963
82% Le Feu follet (A Time to Live and a Time to Die) (The Fire Within) Eva 1963
No Score Yet Banana Peel Cathy/Mme Volney 1963
85% Le Procès (The Trial) Miss Burstner 1962
92% Jules and Jim Catherine 1962
64% Eva Eve Olivier 1962
83% La Notte Lidia $39.7K 1961
No Score Yet Dialogue With The Carmelites Actor 1960
No Score Yet Moderato Cantabile Anne Desbaredes 1960
88% Dangerous Liaisons (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) Juliette de Merteuil 1959
100% The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) Woman with Dog 1959
90% The Lovers (Les Amants) Jeanne Tournier 1959
93% Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud) Florence Carala $0.2M 1958
100% Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Hands Off the Loot) Josy 1954
No Score Yet Les intrigantes (The Plotters) Mona 1954
No Score Yet Julietta Actor 1953
No Score Yet Three Sinners (Meurtres) Martine Annequin 1950

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Isabelle Corday
  • 2000

QUOTES FROM Jeanne Moreau CHARACTERS

Catherine
Watch us, Jules!