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Simone Signoret

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She won the 1960 Best Celebrity Oscar Award on her behalf role within the 1959 film Area at the very top. During her profession she also gained a César Prize, three BAFTA Honours, and an Emmy Prize. She worked being a typist for the French collaborationist paper and tutored in British and Latin. She made an appearance within the 1955 film Les Diaboliques, which in British means The Devils. She was wedded to Yves Allegret from 1944 to 1949. She starred with Laurence Harvey in Area at the very top, which was structured of a book by John Braine.

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Full Name Simone Signoret
Date Of Birth March 25, 1921
Died September 30, 1985, Autheuil-Authouillet, France
Place Of Birth Wiesbaden, Germany
Height 1.68 m
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality French
Spouse Yves Montand, Yves Allégret
Children Catherine Allégret, Patrick Allégret
Parents Georgette Signoret Kaminker, André Kaminker
Siblings Alain Kaminker, Jean-Pierre Kaminker
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress, César Award for Best Actress, Cannes Best Actress Award, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress, National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Movies Diabolique, Room at the Top, Casque D'Or, Ship of Fools, Army of Shadows, The Deadly Affair, The Sleeping Car Murders, Madame Rosa, The Widow Couderc, The Cat, La Ronde, Thérèse Raquin, The Sea Gull, The Confession, Police Python 357, Dédée d'Anvers, L'Étoile du Nord, Term of Trial, Against the Wind, Gunman in the Streets, The Day and the Hour, Is Paris Burning?, Death in the Garden, Manèges, Hungry for Love, The Burned Barns, The Lovely Month of May, Games, An Adolescent Girl, Les Mauvais Coups, Judith Therpauve, Swiss Tour, The Flesh of the Orchid, Les Visiteurs du Soir, The Crucible, Sweet and Sour, The Shortest Day, Back Streets of Paris, Fantômas, Shadow and Light, I Sent a Letter to My Love, Die Windrose, Dilemma of Two Angels
TV Shows Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1Played by Jordan Mohr in the stage play "Two Simones: de Beauvoir and Signoret in Hollywood.".
2Her last name is pronounced "Seen-yor-ay".
3Great friends with Jane Fonda, who credits her with getting Fonda interested in politics.
4Was great friends with her look-a-like Romy Schneider and convinced her to do her last film, La passante du Sans-Souci (1982) after the death of her son. Her daughter, Catherine Allégret, starred opposite Schneider in the film L'enfer (1964).
5Was featured on the poster of the 2013 César awards.
6In 1966, she played Lady Macbeth in a British stage production of 'Macbeth' at the Royal Court Thatre opposite Alec Guinness as the title character. She accepted the role on Guinness' wishes, as the actor himself had thought that she could 'convey the sexual magnetism that might hold a husband in thrall'. Having promised him that she would take lessons to improve her English, Signoret was however unable to keep the appointments with her coach. The production turned out to be a disaster and Simone's performance in particular was legendarily catastrophic, with the Guardian calling her 'the worst Lady Macbeth ever' and critic Alan Brien getting in the famous joke 'Simone Signoret: A conical bell-tented matron who moves on wheels like a draped Dalek surmounted by a beautiful Medusa head.'.
7Is one of 3 actresses to have won the Best Actress Oscar for playing a character called Alice. The others are Ellen Burstyn for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) and Julianne Moore for Still Alice (2014).
8Simone Signoret won an Emmy in 1966 under the category of Single Performance by an actress for the TV movie A Small Rebellion.
9[Actor Philippe Noiret on working with Simone Signoret in a 1983 interview] It was quite an experience because she is a fabulous actress, because she knows absolutely everything about movies, about what an actor can do on the screen. It's a real challenge to have someone like that in front of you. But she is quite hard to work with because she wants to be at the head of everything, and you have to remain very alert because otherwise she can eat you. Alas, it makes things difficult. You have to stay a bit out of her reach because otherwise she might just manage to devour you.
10Was the 51st actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Room at the Top (1959) at The 32nd Annual Academy Awards (1960) on April 4, 1960.
11For her performance in Room at the Top (1959), she become the first French actress to win a BAFTA and a Best Actress Oscar for the same performance. Marion Cotillard is the second French actress to win both awards for her performance in La Vie en Rose (2007).
12Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 25, a daughter Catherine Allégret on April 16, 1946. Child's father was her then-married lover [and later 1st husband], Yves Allégret.
13Was originally cast as Madame Hortense in Zorba the Greek (1964) but she quit the production before filming began. Lila Kedrova, who went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance, was cast instead.
14Gave birth to her 1st child at age 24, a son in 1945, with her then-married lover Yves Allégret, who would go on to be her 1st husband. However her son died at 9 days old.
15With 3 wins (out of 6 nominations), she's the French actress most recognized by BAFTA.
16Good friends with Delphine Seyrig.
17Is one of 12 French actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination. The others in chronological order are: Claudette Colbert, Colette Marchand, Leslie Caron, Anouk Aimée, Isabelle Adjani, Marie-Christine Barrault, Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard, Bérénice Bejo and Emmanuelle Riva.
18Is one of 5 French actors to have won an Academy Award. The others in chronological order are: Claudette Colbert for It Happened One Night (1934), Juliette Binoche for The English Patient (1996), Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose (2007) and Jean Dujardin for The Artist (2011).
19Original choice to co-star with Elvis Presley in Wild in the Country (1961) but turned down the offer and the role went to Hope Lange.
20Grandmother of Benjamin Castaldi.
21Tutored English and Latin, while working part-time for "Le Nouveau Temps", a newspaper published during the German occupation.
22Born to André Kaminker (1888-1961), a Polish linguist, and his French wife Georgette Signoret, she had two younger brothers, Alain and Jean-Pierre.
23Published her autobiography "La nostalgie n'est plus qu'elle était" ("Nostalgia Isn't What It Used To Be") in 1976.
24The late American singer and composer Nina Simone took her stage name from Signoret.
25Buried in Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris with her husband Yves Montand.
26Portrayed on a postage stamp issued on 3 October 1998 by the French Post Office.
27Author of 'Adieu Volodia', a novel about a group of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine and Russia and their children, working in the theatre/film industry in Paris during the years 1926-1945.
28Was able to speak French, German, and English.
29First woman to win an Oscar for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" for a non-American film, Room at the Top (1959). Also the first French actress to win a Best Actress Oscar, the second and last one is Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose (2007). Signoret's daughter, Catherine Allégret, appeared in "La Vie en Rose" playing Édith Piaf's grandmother. Signoret and Cotillard have both played Lady Macbeth.
30Mother of Catherine Allégret
31Born at 2:30am-CET
32The spring and summer of 1960, Signoret and Montand were neighbors in a three-apartment bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel with Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller across the hall and Howard Hughes upstairs. Monroe told her dresser, who wrote a biography, that Miller liked to talk to Signoret because she was so intelligent and that after Signoret went back to France to make a film and Miller went to New York to work on a play that Monroe and Montand did indeed have the affair that was speculated about in the press.
33Signoret, her mother's maiden name, was chosen for films in the early 1940s to raise fewer questions with the Nazi authorities than her real surname Kaminker.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Music Hall1986TV MovieYvonne Pierre
Thérèse Humbert1983TV MovieThérèse Humbert
Guy de Maupassant1982Maupassant's mother
L'étoile du Nord1982Mme Louise Baron
I Sent a Letter to My Love1980Louise Martin
The Adolescent1979Mamie
Judith Therpauve1978Judith Therpauve
Madame le juge1978TV SeriesÉlisabeth Massot / Le juge d'instruction Élisabeth Massot
Madame Rosa1977Madame Rosa
Police Python 3571976Thérèse Ganay
La chair de l'orchidée1975Lady Vamos
Rude journée pour la reine1973Jeanne
Les granges brûlées1973Rose
La veuve Couderc1971Veuve Couderc Tati
Le chat1971Clémence Bouin
Comptes à rebours1971Léa
Un otage1970TV MovieMeg
The Confession1970Lise
Mr. Freedom1969Cameo appearance (uncredited)
L'américain1969Léone
Army of Shadows1969Mathilde
The Sea Gull1968Arkadina
Games1967Lisa Schindler
A Small Rebellion1966TV MovieSara Lescaut
Paris brûle-t-il?1966Cafe Owner
The Deadly Affair1966Elsa Fennan
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1966TV SeriesSara Lescault
Compartiment tueurs1965Eliane Darrès
Ship of Fools1965La Condesa
Sweet and Sour1963Madame Geneviève
The Day and the Hour1963Therese Dutheil
The Shortest Day1963Unconfirmed
Term of Trial1962Anna
Amours célèbres1961Jenny (segment "Jenny de Lacour")
Les mauvais coups1961Roberte
Adua e le compagne1960Adua Giovannetti
General Electric Theater1960TV SeriesWoman
Room at the Top1959Alice Aisgill
The Crucible1957Elisabeth Proctor
Un matin comme les autres1956ShortJanine Alix
Death in the Garden1956Djin
Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder1955ShortYvette, Lagerhure
Diabolique1955Nicole Horner
The Adultress1953Thérèse Raquin
Confidences en zig-zag sur l'amour1953Short
Casque d'Or1952Marie 'Casque d'Or'
Ombre et lumière1951Isabelle Leritz
...Sans laisser d'adresse1951Une journaliste (uncredited)
Gunman in the Streets1950Denise Vernon
Le traqué1950Denise Vernon
La ronde1950Léocadie, la prostitutée
Four Days Leave1950Yvonne
Manèges1950Dora
Impasse des deux anges1948Anne-Marie Marianne
Dédée d'Anvers1948Dédée
Against the Wind1948Michèle
Fantômas1947Hélène
Macadam1946Gisele
Le couple idéal1946Annette
Les démons de l'aube1946Lily, la cabaretière
La boîte aux rêves1945Une femme (uncredited)
Le mort ne reçoit plus1944La maitresse de Firmin
Service de nuit1944Une danseuse à la taverne (uncredited)
Béatrice devant le désir1944Liliane Moraccini
L'ange de la nuit1944Une étudiante (uncredited)
Adieu Léonard1943La gitane (uncredited)
Le voyageur de la Toussaint1943Extra (uncredited)
Le bienfaiteur1942La sécrétaire du journal (uncredited)
Les Visiteurs du Soir1942Extra (uncredited)
Le prince charmant1942
Boléro1942Une employée de la maison de couture (uncredited)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Des terroristes à la retraite1985DocumentaryRécitante / Narrator (voice)
7 sur 71985TV SeriesHerself
La nuit des Césars1977-1985TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - La présidente des Césars
Apostrophes1976-1985TV SeriesHerself
Le cinéma de l'ombre1984TV Movie documentaryHerself
Champs-Elysées1982TV SeriesHerself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche1977-1980TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America1978TV SeriesHerself - Guest
A Grin Without A Cat1977DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Septembre chilien1973Short documentaryRécitante / Narrator (voice)
A Musical Celebration to Stephen Sondheim1973TV MovieHerself - Performer
V.I.P.-Schaukel1971TV Series documentaryHerself
Langlois1970DocumentaryHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1965-1968TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Cinéastes de notre temps1967TV Series documentaryHerself
Bibliothèque de poche1966TV SeriesHerself
The 38th Annual Academy Awards1966TV SpecialHerself - Recalling Her Award: Pre-Recorded
Late Show London1966TV SeriesHerself
Le joli mai1963DocumentaryNarrator (English version) (voice)
Cinépanorama1956-1963TV Series documentaryHerself
What's My Line?1961TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself
Face to Face1960TV SeriesHerself
Cinq colonnes à la une1960TV SeriesHerself
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards1960TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Small World1959TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Die Windrose1957Documentary
Jouons le jeu1952Herself (segment 'La Jalousie')

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Yves Montand, l'ombre au tableau2016TV Movie documentaryHerself
The End of a Great Era2015Herself (uncredited)
In the cutting room: An interview with Françoise Bonnot2015Documentary shortLise London
Nous nous sommes tant aimés2010-2014TV Series documentaryHerself
René Clément, témoin et poète2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Les artistes et le parti, 1945 - 19682013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Le goût de l'amour2012DocumentaryHerself
Casque d'Or: Au coeur des sentiments2012Video documentary shortHerself
Cinéphiles de notre temps2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Ivo Livi, dit Yves Montand2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Un jour, un destin2008-2011TV Series documentaryHerself / Various roles
Moy otets Evgeniy2010DocumentaryHerself
Thé ou café2010TV SeriesHerself
Deux de la Vague2010DocumentaryHerself
Marilyn, dernières séances2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
House of Harrington2008Documentary short
Spisok korabley2008Documentary
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Vivement dimanche2007TV SeriesHerself
Gabin intime, aristocrate et paysan2006Video documentaryHerself
Les 40 ans de la 22004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Le fantôme d'Henri Langlois2004DocumentaryHerself
Great Performances2002TV SeriesHerself
Simone Signoret2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
... y otras mujeres de armas tomar1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
Empire of the Censors1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
Kleiner Mann ganz groß1994TV Movie documentary uncredited
Cinema Paradiso1988Alice Aisgill (uncredited)
Le cinéma dans les yeux1987Herself
Mémoires pour Simone1986DocumentaryHerself
The Love Goddesses1965DocumentaryHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1978CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Actress (Meilleure actrice)La vie devant soi (1977)
1978DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera)La vie devant soi (1977)
1971Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBest ActressLe chat (1971)
1966Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a DramaBob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)
1960OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleRoom at the Top (1959)
1959Best ActressCannes Film FestivalRoom at the Top (1959)
1959Diploma of MeritJussi AwardsForeign ActressRoom at the Top (1959)
1959NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActressRoom at the Top (1959)
1959BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressRoom at the Top (1959)
1958BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressLes sorcières de Salem (1957)
1957Best ActressKarlovy Vary International Film FestivalLes sorcières de Salem (1957)· Mylène Demongeot
1953BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressCasque d'or (1952)
1947Suzanne Bianchetti AwardSACD Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Actress (Meilleure actrice)L'étoile du Nord (1982)
1969BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressGames (1967)
1968BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressThe Deadly Affair (1967)
1966OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleShip of Fools (1965)
1966Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress - DramaShip of Fools (1965)
1966BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressShip of Fools (1965)
1960Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress - DramaRoom at the Top (1959)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1959NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressRoom at the Top (1959)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Dramatic PerformanceRoom at the Top (1959)


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#Quote
1[on Ship of Fools (1965)] Parts of the film are intentionally unsubtle as life was unsubtle then - rough, tough, incredible, unbelievable, but true. I have a European attitude toward this picture, I suppose. I think it says more than most, a picture that will be seen twice.
2[on Jack L. Warner] He bore no grudge against those he had wronged.
3I got old the way that women who aren't actresses grow old.
4I collect all the reviews of the films I turned down. And when they're bad - I have to smile.
5In films as well as life, " said Jack Lang, French minister of culture September 30, 1985, "Miss Signoret was an unshakeable militant, in the front rank of all the battles for human rights, under all regimes and on all horizons. It was faith that sustained her, faith in her ideals of liberty and progress.
6Hordes of young girls never copied my hairdoes or the way I talk or the way I dress. I have, therefore, never had to go through the stress of perpetuating an image that's often the equivalent of one particular song that forever freezes a precise moment of one's youth.
7In Hollywood, in 1964, Vivien Leigh gave elegant dinners in the big house she had rented from London. ...She was no longer Laurence Olivier's wife, but she wanted to remain Lady Olivier...At the end of these evenings the phonograph played the theme from Gone with the Wind (1939).
8[Marilyn Monroe in 1960] She seemed to have no other happy professional memories. None of those moments of uproarious giggles among pals, none of those practical jokes, none of the noisy hugs and kisses after a scene when everyone knows all have acted well together.
9There's an odd quirk inside that didn't change with 'success' (after "Dedee d'Anvers") and still hasn't. I think: It worked this time. I put it over on them. I made them believe I could do it. But one of these days they're going to discover the fakery. They're going to find out I'm only an amateur.

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1Heavy cigarette smoking
2Often played liberated women
3Often played gold-hearted prostitutes

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