Jeanne Moreau, A Tribute In Pictures

Jeanne Moreau, A Tribute In Pictures

Jeanne Moreau, the French actress known as the thinking moviegoer’s femme fatale, died on Monday at her home. She was 89 years old. Moreau was an accomplished theater actress before appearing in film, in turn becoming the face of France’s New Wave Cinema.

Independent and intelligent with downturned mouth and soulful eyes, Moreau was not the typical starlet of the fifties and sixties. After appearing on the stage she spent years in mediocre films before starring in Francois Truffaut’s New Wave hit, Jules and Jim. The success of the film made Moreau an international star. She went on to make many more memorable films and continued acting into her 80’s.

Jeanne Moreau was also notorious for her many love affairs with such notables as Truffaut, Louis Malle, Pierre Cardin and Lee Marvin. Moreau married twice, each time for two years and had one son, the artist Jerome Richardson. Her attitude towards love and work were years ahead of her time.

To the end, Moreau maintained her uncomplicated sense of elegance and aged with grace. A quote at the end of the New York Times obituary nicely sums up Moreau’s spirit, “The cliché is that life is a mountain. You go up, reach the top and then go down. To me, life is going up until you are burned by flames.” Now that’s spirit.

Jeanne Moreau Dangerous Liaisons
Jeanne Moreau in Dangerous Liaisons
Jeanne Moreau with Brigette Bardot In Viva Maria
In Viva Maria with Brigette Bardot
Jeanne Moreau 1962 Rome
With Francois Truffaut, Rome 1962
Jeanne Moreau and Pierre Cardin
Pierre Cardin and Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau, Pierre Cardin Vogue 1961
With Pierre Cardin, photo by Bert Stern for Vogue 1961

Jeanne Moreau 2 Tribute In PicturesJeanne Moreau Prima Darling

Jeanne Moreau 2001
Jeanne Moreau in 2001
Cannes 2005
Cannes 2005
Jeanne Moreau 2006 Prima Darling
Jeanne Moreau 2006


  • Lucy

    I don’t know if the sixth picture is from a movie or sth but it’s pretty OFFENSIVE. You should have specified. What kind of tribute is that? What are you celebrating?

    • Prima Darling

      Hi Lucy,

      The photo is from Vogue 1961, the man in the photo is Pierre Cardin, the designer of the gown Moreau is wearing. The two were in a highly publicized and happy relationship at the time of the photo. I find it a striking fashion photo of a beautiful and confident woman.

  • Jim

    What a gorgeous tribute to an amazing woman – every facet of her. I especially love the sixth photograph, where she’s pulling off the safari look as if she invented it. And as much as I hate smoking, she sure makes it look sexy as hell. Well done, Prima Darling!

    • Prima Darling

      I love the safari shot too. She really owns it!