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Simone Rene Roussel
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Left home at age 15 for Paris, France; enrolled in acting classes with Renè Simon
Worked as an extra in French films such as Yvan Noé¿s "Mademoiselle Mozart" (1936) and "La vie parisienne/The Parisian Life"
Cast in lead role by Marc Allégret in "Gribouille/The Meddler"
Paired with Charles Boyer in "Orage/Storm"
Fled to Hollywood, CA during German invasion of France
Signed with RKO-Radio Pictures; played lead role in Archie Mayo¿s "Joan of Paris"
Received top billing for RKO musical "Higher and Higher" opposite debuting Frank Sinatra
Cast as a gangster¿s wife who makes a play for mob driver Robert Cummings in thriller "The Chase"
Returned to France to film "La symphonie pastorale/Pastoral Symphony," playing a blind country girl
Starred in Carol Reed directed mystery-drama "The Fallen Idol"
Reunited with Marc Allégret for "The Naked Heart"
Played Josephine to Raymond Pellegrin¿s "Napoléon"
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Cast as a victim of French serial killer Henri Landru in Claude Chabrol¿s "Bluebeard"
Served as jury president at Cannes Film Festival
Starred as a murder suspect in Claude Lelouch¿s "Le chat et la souris/Cat and Mouse"
Appeared in romantic drama "A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later"
Made cameo in Giuseppe Tornatore¿s "Stanno tutti bene/Everybody¿s Fine," starring Marcello Mastroianni
Held solo exhibition of her abstract paintings at Paris gallery "Artistes En Lumière à Paris"
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