French film star Jeanne Moreau dead at 89

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So it is with that knowledge that we must sadly report the death of iconic French film actress Jeanne Moreau.

French president Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to the late star on his twitter early Monday morning, calling her a "movie and theater legend" who was "engaged in the whirlwind of life with absolute freedom". European by her origins, her artistic choices have led her to collaborate with the greatest European artists of her generation.

In a loving tribute, John Waters remembers serving with her on the jury at Cannes, and later inviting her to the French screening of his 2004 film A Dirty Shame, which Moreau called "pure poetry". Jeanne Moreau is famously known for her screen roles in various films such as Jules et Jim.

Also a screenwriter and director, Moreau made over 130 films and continued to work into her 80s. The story of a woman who deserts her husband for a younger man, the film was controversial for the times and banned in some US cities.

She was married twice, to fellow actor Jean-Louis Richard, with whom she had a son, Jérôme, and to American director William Friedkin.

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A maternity suffered more than desired, and their marriage had not lasted, as she had confided to Marie Claire: "I didn't want a child, I'm not maternal".

She worked with Orson Welles on a number of film projects, starring opposite Anthony Perkins in his adaptation of Kafka's The Trial.

Throughout her illustrious career, Jeanne was mostly in France where she displayed a liking for literate and challenging movies often drawn from the works of prolific writers like Marguerite Duras and Jean Genet. In a 2012 interview, she told Madame Figaro: "I had a child".

She has been called the "Grand Dame of French New Wave" and has been credited with being a rebel on and off the screen. The film was also heavily criticized for its "obscene" material in which Moreau was shown in a long love scene that included nudity. "When I see a film after I've made it, I see my own life before me", she said.

She was also honoured with a Palm d'Or in 2003 and received a Cesar Award in 2008. In 1997, she directed a third film, Solstice. In America, her greatest fame came with Francois Truffaut's "Jules et Jim" (1962) in which her character, Catherine, enchants, beds, and confounds two best friends (Oskar Werner and Henri Serre) on the way to self-destruction. I feel the same now as then.

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