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Jean Seberg

Biography

She starred in the 1957 film Saint Joan and appeared in the 1970 catastrophe film Airport terminal. She also performed tasks in the movies Macho Callahan and Gang Battle in Naples. She was chosen of 18,000 hopefuls on her behalf first film, where she performed the business lead. She acted in 37 movies in Hollywood and in France. She wedded Romain Gary in 1963, as well as the few had a kid a year ahead of their relationship. She starred in the 1960 film Breathless with Jean Paul Belmondo.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jean Seberg
Date Of Birth November 13, 1938
Died August 30, 1979, Paris, France
Place Of Birth Marshalltown, IA
Height 1.6 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education University of Iowa
Nationality American
Spouse Dennis Berry, Romain Gary, François Moreuil
Children Alexandre Diego Gary, Nina Hart Gary
Parents Edward Waldemar Seberg, Dorothy Arline Benson
Siblings David Seberg, Kurt Seberg, Mary-Ann Seberg
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Movies Breathless, Bonjour Tristesse, Paint Your Wagon, Saint Joan, In the French Style, Moment to Moment, The Mouse That Roared, Lilith, A Fine Madness, Airport, Macho Callahan, The Road to Corinthe, Five Day Lover, Line of Demarcation, The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers, Les hautes solitudes, Let No Man Write My Epitaph, The Big Delirium, Plot, Kill!, The Corruption of Chris Miller, Backfire, Diamonds Are Brittle, White Horses of Summer, Congo vivo, This Kind of Love, Gang War in Naples, Pendulum, Birds in Peru, Two in the Wave, The Looters, Mousey, Dead of Summer, Time Out for Love, The Wild Duck, Demarcation Line, The White Horses of Summer
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1Had an older sister, Mary Ann (b. 1936) and two younger brothers, Kurt (b. 1942) and David (1950-1968). David died in a car accident at the age of 18.
2Was considered for the role of Lara in Doctor Zhivago (1965), which went to Julie Christie.
3François Truffaut wanted her for the role of Julie in his film Day for Night (1973), but she never returned his unanswered calls. Truffaut then cast Jacqueline Bisset instead.
4Wrote and published an open letter to drug addicts in the daily paper Libération: 27th February 1978.
5Ex-daughter-in-law of John Berry.
6Was a huge fan of Marlon Brando, since seeing his screen debut in the movie The Men (1950). As a teenager, Seberg wrote to Brando and invited him to stay with her parents in Iowa. She met him years later and Brando asked her to renew the invitation.
7Turned down the Katharine Ross roles in The Graduate (1967) and The Stepford Wives (1975).
8Survived by both parents, Edward Seberg and Dorothy Benson. Her father died in 1984 and her mother died in 1997.
9Considered one of the Nouvelle Vague's icons.
10Although being still married to Dennis Berry, she went through a form of marriage to Algerian playboy Ahmed Hasni, but the ceremony had no legal force (31 May 1979).
11Of her own movies, she considered Lilith (1964) to be her favorite.
12After Faye Dunaway and Julie Andrews both turned it down, Kim Novak actively pursued the role that went to Seberg in Paint Your Wagon (1969). Actresses considered for Seberg's role in Lilith (1964) included Yvette Mimieux, Natalie Wood, Samantha Eggar, Sarah Miles and Diane Cilento.
13A musical, simply titled "Jean Seberg," based on her life, premiered at the Royal National Theatre, London in 1983. It was written by Julian Barry, with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Christopher Adler.
14Her marriage to the 24-years-older Russian novelist Romain Gary was tempestuous and profoundly unhappy due to his obsessive, Svengali-like influence on her. Divorced in 1970 after she bore Carlos Navarra's daughter, she committed suicide in 1979. Gary took his own life by gunshot the very next year; however, he stated in his suicide note that Jean's suicide had nothing to do with his.
15Otto Preminger chose her to play Joan of Arc out of nearly 18,000 hopefuls.
16Committed suicide in the back seat of an automobile in Paris. Her body wasn't found until 11 days later.
17Rumors flew that Jean's suicide was masterminded by the FBI but that was never proven. She was buried in the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris, France, and her funeral was attended by such notables as Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.
18On every subsequent anniversary of her daughter Nina's death, Jean attempted suicide. In 1978, she somehow survived an attempt, throwing herself under a train on the Paris Metro.
19She was a close friend of Nico, and David Keller.
20Gave birth to her daughter by Carlos Navarra, Nina Hart, two months prematurely on August 23, 1970. Nina died as a result of complications sustained from Jean overdosing on sleeping pills during her pregnancy, on 25 August 1970, two days after her birth.
21Met the father of her daughter, Carlos Navarra, while filming Macho Callahan (1970) in Mexico.
22Son, Alexandre Diego Gary, was born out-of-wedlock on July 17, 1962. To avoid public scrutiny, Jean lied about the boy's year of birth, claiming he was born in 1963 after her marriage to Romain Gary.
23Her involvement with the Black Panther movement attracted the attention of the FBI, which spread the rumor about her pregnancy in 1970 being a child by Raymond Hewt, a Black Panther movement leader. Although Seberg initially claimed that Romain Gary was the father, she confessed that a student revolutionary named Carlos Navarra was the father of her child. The incident may have contributed to her persistent depression over the years, and her decision to take her own life in 1979.
24Buried in the exclusive Montparnasse cemetery, Paris, France.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wild Duck1976Gina Ekdal, Gattin
Le grand délire1975Emily
Bianchi cavalli d'Agosto1975Lea Kingsburg
Ballad for Billy the Kid1974ShortLa star
Mousey1974TV MovieLaura Anderson / Richardson
La corrupción de Chris Miller1973Ruth Miller
The Assassination1972Edith Lemoine - une infirmière gauchiste
Camorra1972Luisa
Questa specie d'amore1972Giovanna
Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill!1971Emily Hamilton
Macho Callahan1970Alexandra Mountford
Dead of Summer1970Joyce Grasse
Airport1970Tanya Livingston
Paint Your Wagon1969Elizabeth
Pendulum1969Adele Matthews
Birds in Peru1968Adriana
La route de Corinthe1967Shanny
Estouffade à la Caraïbe1967Colleen O'Hara
A Fine Madness1966Lydia West
La ligne de démarcation1966Mary, comtesse de Damville
Moment to Moment1965Kay Stanton
Un milliard dans un billard1965Bettina Ralton
Lilith1964Lilith Arthur
Backfire1964Olga Celan
Les plus belles escroqueries du monde1964Patricia Leacock (segment "Le Grand Escroq") (scenes deleted)
In the French Style1963Christina James
Congo vivo1962Annette
Five Day Lover1961Claire
La récréation1961Kate Hoover
Time Out for Love1961Ann
Let No Man Write My Epitaph1960Barbara Holloway
Breathless1960Patricia Franchini
The Mouse That Roared1959Helen Kokintz
Bonjour Tristesse1958Cecile
Saint Joan1957St.Joan of Arc

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La corrupción de Chris Miller1973performer: "Au clair de la lune"
Paint Your Wagon1969performer: "A Million Miles Away Behind The Door"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ballad for Billy the Kid1974Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ballad for Billy the Kid1974Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ballad for Billy the Kid1974Short producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Le bleu des origines1979Herself
Apropos Film1975TV Series documentaryHerself
Les hautes solitudes1974DocumentaryHerself
Pariser Journal1970TV Series documentaryHerself
Die Drehscheibe1970TV SeriesHerself
Gold Fever1969Documentary shortHerself
The Girls1968Documentary shortHerself
The Dick Cavett Show1968TV SeriesHerself
Monsieur Cinéma1967TV SeriesHerself
Reflets de Cannes1966TV Series documentaryHerself
Cinépanorama1957-1966TV Series documentaryHerself
The 22th Annual Golden Globes Awards1965TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1961TV SeriesHerself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself
Person to Person1960TV Series documentaryHerself
The Mike Wallace Interview1958TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957TV SeriesHerself
The Making of 'Saint Joan'1957Documentary shortHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Éternelle Jean Seberg2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
Deux de la Vague2010DocumentaryHerself
53 premis Sant Jordi de cinematografia2009TV SpecialPatricia Franchini
The Dreamers2003Herself (uncredited)
Sendung ohne Namen2003TV Series documentaryPatricia Franchini
Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin2000TV Movie documentaryElizabeth
Cinéma, de notre temps1999TV Series documentaryHerself
From the Journals of Jean Seberg1995DocumentaryVarious
Jean Seberg: American Actress1995DocumentaryHerself
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker1991DocumentaryHerself
Cinéma cinémas1986TV Series documentaryHerself
Recuerdo de Jean Seberg1980Documentary short

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1965Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress - DramaLilith (1964)
1962BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressÀ bout de souffle (1960)

TitleSalary
Macho Callahan (1970)$100,000

#Quote
1In my long and difficult and mature life, I have come to learn that the less I know about acting and the more I know about everything else, the better I'll be at both acting and living.
2I never knew until I came here [Hollywood] that somebody could be really nice to you for years and really hate your guts. Happens all the time here.
3"I know that the greatest of actresses has about 20 good years of acting in her and that she will go on living for 30 or 40 years as a human being. So, the conclusion I have come to is that I can't make acting my whole life.
4Money doesn't buy happiness. But happiness isn't everything.
5My first marriage was not happy. I married him because I was impressed that he knew which wines to order and how to leave his visiting card. Ridiculous reasons.


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