BORN 25 Mar 1921, Wiesbaden - DIED 30 Sep 1985, Auteuil-Anthouillet, Eure, Haute-Normandie|
REAL NAME Kaminker, Simone Henriette Charlotte
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 44, 1ere ligne)
Simone Signoret was born in Germany as the daughter of a Jewish
army officer who was born in France. She grew up in Paris and
studied English. She worked as a teacher in English and Latin
and during the war she worked a newspaper that was collaborating
with the German invaders. Her father had left France in 1940
and joined general de Gaulle in England.|
During the war she also started acting, encouraged by her lover Daniel Gélin. She married Yves Allégret in 1944 and their daughter Catherine Allégret also became an actress. In 1949 she divorced her husband, to marry actor Yves Montand the next year. This marriage lasted until her death.
Her movie "La Ronde" (1950) attracted much attention and was considered immoral in the USA. Allthough she was offered the chance to work in Hollywood she preferred to work in England and France. Her part in "Room at the Top" (1959) earned her international fame and an Academy Award for best actress.
When she grew older she was criticized for her looks and her increasing weight, but she continued her career succesfully. Her novel "Adieu Volodya" was published in 1985. She died in the same year of pancreatic cancer.
Husband: Montand, Yves
Père Lachaise: grafschriften, Paris, 1993