Signoret, Simone

BORN 25 Mar 1921, Wiesbaden, Hessen - DIED 30 Sep 1985, Auteuil-Anthouillet, Eure, Haute-Normandie
BIRTH NAME Kaminker, Simone Henriette Charlotte
CAUSE OF DEATH pancreatic cancer
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 44, ligne 01)

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 and their daughter Catherine Allégret (b.1946) also became an actress. In 1951 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. Although 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 successfully. Her novel "Adieu Volodya" was published in 1985. She died in the same year of pancreatic cancer.

• Husband: Montand, Yves (1950-1985)


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


Père Lachaise: grafschriften, Paris, 1993
Simone Signoret - Wikipedia

Silcher, Friedrich

Published: 23 Oct 2009
Last update: 05 Apr 2022