(; born 23 January 1928) is a French actress, singer, screenwriter and director.
She made her theatrical debut in 1947, and established herself as one of the leading actresses of the Comédie-Française
. She began playing small roles in films in 1949 and eventually achieved prominence as the star of Lift to the Scaffold /Elevator to the Gallows
(1958), directed by Louis Malle
and Jules et Jim
(1962), directed by François Truffaut
. Most prolific during the 1960s, Moreau continues to appear in films to the present day.
Moreau is the recipient of a César Award for Best Actress
, a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
and a Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
for individual performances, and several lifetime awards.
Early life and education
Moreau was born in Paris, the daughter of Katherine ( Buckley), a dancer who performed at the Folies Bergère
, and Anatole-Désiré Moreau, a restaurateur. Moreau's father was French and her mother was English, a native of Lancashire
in England and of part-Irish descent.Stated in interview at Inside the Actors Studio
When a young girl, "the family moved south to......