Style Icons: Female »Jeanne Moreau

Gorgeous French Moviestar

The vision of Jeanne Moureau that I will always have in my mind is her graceful and gorgeous face in a mirror, teaching a hit woman how to apply make up. The movie is La Femme Nikita, and it is the first time I laid eyes on the glorious Moureau. Since then, I have become more familiar with her other work, though I have really only scratched the surface of a prolific and accomplished career.

It all began when Louis Malle cast this a rare and legendary beauty in the tense and taut noir Elevator to the Gallows. The moment her face was cast on the screen, she was a star. Every director wanted to work with her and Michelangelo Antonioni, Orson Welles, Francois Truffaut, Luis Bunuel, and Jean-Luc Godard all did. Malle and Truffaut also dated her as did Lee Marvin, Marcello Mastrioanni, Pierre Cardin, and William Friedkin.

I am most eager to see her in Truffaut’s adaptation of Cornell Woolrich‘s The Bride Wore Black, part of his “black” series which included Rendezvous in Black.

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Posted on June 9, 2008

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