Jeanne Moreau, the French film actress who starred in notable classics like "Jules and Jim," died today at her home in Paris. She was 89.
President Emmanuel Macron confirmed her death and said in a statement: "We could say about Jeanne Moreau that a part of cinema legend is gone. But her whole work was precisely about never freezing her art into a mythology, and never locking herself into the respectable status of the 'great actress.' She had in her eye a sparkle that deflected deference and inspired insolence, freedom, the turbulence of life that she liked so much and that she will long make us like."
Moreau became the face of the French New Wave in the 1950s, starting with Louis Malle's "The Lovers," in which she played a housewife having an affair. Her depiction of an orgasm was scandalous at the time.
She went on to embody the French femme fatale in other movies, including Michelangelo Antonioni's "The Night" (1961), Francois Truffaut's "Jules and Jim" (1962), "Eva" (1962), "Diary of a Chambermaid" (1964), and "The Bride Wore Black" (1968).
Moreau rarely made Hollywood movies, though she appeared in four of Orson Welles' European productions. And she made cameos in "Ever After" and "Love Actually."
She also released several albums, performed on stage, and directed three movies, including a documentary about Lillian Gish.
Moreau is survived by son Jerome Richard, an artist.