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Also Known As: Simone Kaminker Died: September 30, 1985
Born: March 25, 1921 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Germany Profession: actor, typist

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An iconic figure in the history of 20th century French cinema, Simone Signoret was an Oscar-winning actress whose sensuous and sensitive performances in such films as "Casque d'Or" (1952), "Les Diaboliques" (1955), "Room at the Top" (1957) and "Ship of Fools" (1965) drew critical acclaim for nearly four decades. She began in bit parts during the 1940s, eventually working her way up to supporting turns as tragic seductresses in "Dédée d'Anvers" (1948), among others. By the 1950s, she was showing exceptional depth in a wide variety of arthouse classics, including "Diaboliques," an enduring chiller that solidified her screen persona as a complex, even dangerous woman. In 1957, she became the first foreign actress to win an Academy Award for her turn as an unhappy wife in "Room at the Top," but surprised many by favoring continental productions over Hollywood. The decision was a shrewd one, as it gave her some of her best features, including "Army of Shadows" (1969), "Le Chat" (1971) and "Madame Rosa" (1977). A childhood spent under the shadow of Nazi Germany made her a dedicated supporter of human rights throughout her life, which culminated in the 1985 documentary "Terrorists in Retirement," about...

An iconic figure in the history of 20th century French cinema, Simone Signoret was an Oscar-winning actress whose sensuous and sensitive performances in such films as "Casque d'Or" (1952), "Les Diaboliques" (1955), "Room at the Top" (1957) and "Ship of Fools" (1965) drew critical acclaim for nearly four decades. She began in bit parts during the 1940s, eventually working her way up to supporting turns as tragic seductresses in "Dédée d'Anvers" (1948), among others. By the 1950s, she was showing exceptional depth in a wide variety of arthouse classics, including "Diaboliques," an enduring chiller that solidified her screen persona as a complex, even dangerous woman. In 1957, she became the first foreign actress to win an Academy Award for her turn as an unhappy wife in "Room at the Top," but surprised many by favoring continental productions over Hollywood. The decision was a shrewd one, as it gave her some of her best features, including "Army of Shadows" (1969), "Le Chat" (1971) and "Madame Rosa" (1977). A childhood spent under the shadow of Nazi Germany made her a dedicated supporter of human rights throughout her life, which culminated in the 1985 documentary "Terrorists in Retirement," about Eastern European Jews who fought in the French Resistance. It would be her final grand accomplishment before her death that year from cancer. Critics and audiences around the world mourned the passing of an actress whose bravery, honesty and commitment to cinema remained of the highest order.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Army of Shadows (2006) Mathilde
2.
 Cat Without a Grin, A (2002) Narration
3.
 Terrorists in Retirement (2001) Narration
4.
 L'Etoile Du Nord (1982) Madame Baron
5.
 Guy De Maupassant (1982) Demaupassant'S Mother
6.
 Chere Inconnue (1980) Louise
7.
 Adolescent, The (1979) Mamie
8.
 Judith Therpauve (1978) Judith
9.
 Madame Rosa (1978) Madame Rosa
10.
 Police Python.357 (1975) Therese
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1942:
Screen debut, "Le Prince charmant"
1948:
First English-language film, "Against the Wind"
1956:
First co-starring appearance with Yves Montand, "The Witches of Salem"
1959:
Returned to England to play a leading role in "Room at the Top"
1982:
Last acting role in a film, as the mother of "Guy de Maupassant"
1983:
Provided the narration for "Des terroristes a la retraite/Terrorists in Retirement"
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husband:
Yves Allegret. Director. Married 1944, divorced 1949; directed Signoret in such films as "Dedee d'Anvers" (1947), which he also wrote.
husband:
Yves Montand. Actor, singer. Acted together in such films as "The Witches of Salem" (1956) and "The Sleeping Car Murders" (1965).

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daughter:
Catherine Allegret. Actor.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Nostalgia Isn't What It Used to Be"
"Adieu, Volodia"

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