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Also Known As: Died: September 8, 1979
Born: November 13, 1938 Cause of Death: suicide (drug overdose)
Birth Place: Marshalltown, Iowa, USA Profession: actor

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Jean Seberg was a gamine, blonde actress who landed the title role in Otto Preminger's "Saint Joan" (1957) after a much-publicized contest involving some 18,000 hopefuls. She was best-known, however, for her contribution to New Wave cinema. The fresh-faced Iowan started acting in high school, but was a completely unknown 17-year-old when Preminger whisked her off to England. "Saint Joan" and its star were critically slammed, but Preminger went on to star her again in the soap opera "Bonjour Tristesse" (1958), which was scandalous and "modern" enough to buoy Seberg's career.

Jean Seberg was a gamine, blonde actress who landed the title role in Otto Preminger's "Saint Joan" (1957) after a much-publicized contest involving some 18,000 hopefuls. She was best-known, however, for her contribution to New Wave cinema. The fresh-faced Iowan started acting in high school, but was a completely unknown 17-year-old when Preminger whisked her off to England. "Saint Joan" and its star were critically slammed, but Preminger went on to star her again in the soap opera "Bonjour Tristesse" (1958), which was scandalous and "modern" enough to buoy Seberg's career.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Wildente, Die (1976) Gina
2.
 Grand Delire, Le (1975) Emily
3.
 Mousey (1974) Laura Anderson
4.
 Questa Specie d'Amore (1973) Giovanna
7.
 Attentat, L' (1972) Edith
8.
 Camorra (1971)
9.
 Airport (1970) Tanya Livingston
10.
 Macho Callahan (1970) Alexandra Mountford
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Milestones close milestones

1957:
Film debut in "Saint Joan"
1959:
Won international acclaim for role in New Wave classic, "Breathless"
1970:
Final US feature, "Macho Callahan"
1974:
TV-movie debut, "Mousey" (ABC)
1974:
Directed short film "Ballad of the Kid"
1976:
Final film, "Die Wildente"
1996:
Was subject of fictional documentary "From the Journals of Jean Seberg"
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Education

University of Iowa: Iowa City , Iowa -

Notes

"Seberg's appeal lay not in her acting ability (or lack thereof) but in her peculiarly blank beauty, onto which her directors and audiences projected whatever emotion they wished...Seberg broke the unwritten rule of screen acting: never look the camera, and the audience, in the eye. She did, expressionless, and allowed us to see whatever we wanted".--Maureen Callahan, quoted in NEW YORK MAGAZINE, 3/18/96

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husband:
Francois Moreuil. Director, lawyer. Harvard educated; married 1958; divorced 1960; directed Seberg in "Playtime" (1961).
husband:
Romain Gary. Writer, diplomat, director. Married 1962; divorced 1970; directed Seberg in "Kill!" (1971).
husband:
Dennis Berry. Director. Married 1972, separated 1978; directed Seberg in "Le grand delire" (1975).
husband:
Ahmed Hasni. Algerian-born; married in May 1979, although not officially divorced from Dennis Berry.
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