Jeanne Moreau

1928 (Paris) – 2017 (Paris)

Moreau sacked the agent who tried to stop her working with Malle (the film made her a star). She gave Truffaut the money to finish Jules et Jim, and chased the producer-butcher of a Losey film brandishing a knife. Welles thought her the best actress in the world. Duras (whose part she once acted), Genet and Miller were among her writer friends. Malle, Truffaut and Richardson were lovers, Friedkin briefly her husband. Other directors she worked with included Buñuel, Godard, Antonioni, Wenders, Fassbinder and Kazan. Nin, a strong friend, wanted her to play her own part in a film that wasn’t made.

Jeanne Moreau knew…