Actress and singer Jeanne Moreau, one of French cinema’s biggest stars of the last 60 years, has died at the age of 89.
Moreau is best known for her role in Francois Truffaut’s 1962 new wave film Jules et Jim.
Having made her name in Francois Truffaut’s “Jules et Jim”, his 1962 story of a love triangle, Moreau had a prolific career and appeared in films well into her eighties.
Also a screenwriter and director, Moreau made over 130 films.
Jeanne in one of her movies in the early 70s
She won a number of awards including the best actress prize at Cannes for Moderato Cantabile in 1960.
She also worked with Orson Welles on several films and won the Bafta Award for the best foreign actress for Viva Maria! in 1967.
Moreau was found dead at her home in Paris, the district’s mayor told the AFP news agency.
Her other films included 1961’s La Notte, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni; Luis Bunuel’s Diary of a Chambermaid (1964); and Tony Richardson’s Mademoiselle (1966).
Moreau won one of France’s highest acting honours, a Cesar for best actress, for The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea in 1992.
Paying tribute, French President Emmanuel Macron said Moreau had “embodied cinema” and was a free spirit who “always rebelled against the established order”.