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French actress Moreau dies at 89

French actress Moreau dies at 89

PARIS: French actress Jeanne Moreau, the smoky-voiced femme fatale of French cinema’s “new wave” who starred in Francois Truffaut’s love triangle film Jules and Jim and worked with many other acclaimed directors during a decades-long career, has died. She was 89.

Outspoken, provocative and acting well into her 80s, Moreau was among France’s most-recognised performers. President Emmanuel Macron celebrated Moreau for going beyond earlier roles as a screen siren to embrace other genres, starring in comedies and action films.

“That was her freedom ... always rebellious against the established order,” Macron said in a statement. “(She had) a spark in her eye that defied reverence and was an invitation to insolence, to liberty, to this whirlpool of life that she loved so much. And that she made us love.”

The president’s office and Moreau’s agent announced her death on Monday without providing a cause.

Starting in the early 1960s, Moreau was the most prominent actress of the French new wave, with her brooding, downturned mouth and distinctive blend of sensuality, intellect and resolve.

Her performance as Catherine in Truffaut’s 1962 Jules and Jim in which she played the love interest in a groundbreaking romance about two friends vying for the same woman, was among her most well-known.

She also worked with Truffaut on the Hitchcock-inspired thriller, The Bride Wore Black, in which she starred as a woman who tracks down the men who murdered her husband on her wedding day.

Other notable films included Luis Bunuel’s , Michelangelo Antonioni’s La Notte .

Published in Dawn, August 1st, 2017

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