Montand, Yves

BORN 13 Oct 1921, Monsummano Terme, Toscana - DIED 9 Nov 1991, Sanlis, Oise
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 44, ligne 01)

Yves Montand was born in Italy as the son of poor Italian peasants. His family moved to France in 1923 and he grew up in Marseille. There he worked in the shop of his sister and in the docks. After he started singing in music halls he was discovered in 1944 by Édith Piaf. She became his mentor and they became lovers.

In 1946 he made his first movie and many more followed. He married the actress Simone Signoret in 1951 and they acted together in several movies. The marriage lasted until Signoret died in 1985, although Montand had several affairs. One of them was with Marilyn Monroe, with whom he starred in "Let's Make Love".

Montand also worked in the USA and in 1980 as well as 1984 he received a Cesar Award for Best Actor. His last success was "Jean de Florette" (1986).

After Signoret's death he married Carole Amiel and in 1988 they had a son, Valentin. He was 77 years old at that time. Another woman accused him of being the father of her daughter, but he regfused a DNA test. Montand died in 1991 and he was buried next Simone Signoret. But the woman persisted and in 1998 his body was exhumed. A DNA sample was taken and it turned out that he wasn't the father of the girl, Aurore Drossart.

• Wife: Signoret, Simone (1950-1985)

Related persons
• was the lover of Piaf, Édith


The grave of Yves Montand and Simone Signoret at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (24 Oct 2014)


Yves Montand - Wikipedia

Montavan. Max

Published: 23 Oct 2009
Last update: 05 Apr 2022