Jeanne Moreau: Madonna and Dame Helen Mirren pay tribute to French star

Actress Jeanne Moreau arrives at the European film awards ceremony in Berlin. File

Jeanne Moreau, the French actress whose roles in classic films such as "Jules et Jim" and "Elevator to the Gallows" turned her into a style icon, has died in Paris at the age of 89, according to French media reports.

In 1960, she won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes International Film Festival for Peter Brook's Seven Days.

Other notable films included Luis Bunuel's Diary of a Chambermaid, Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte' (The Night) and Orson Welles' The Chimes at Midnight, in which she played the prostitute Doll Tearsheet in Welles' adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II. Moreau was found dead at her home in Paris, AFPquoted her unidentified agent as saying. For this role, Moreau became known as "The New Bardot", a reference to French sex symbol Brigitte Bardot. Jeanne Moreau has marked European culture with her talent and her art will continue to charm and enchant all audiences long after her passing away.

Jeanne Moreau's breakthrough in the film industry came in 1957. Of all the stories she told me, the one I remember most was a particularly pointed one from her childhood. After a lull in the 1970s and 1980s, her career picked up again. Though her work rate slowed in her later years, she continued acting through 2015, and won a Cesar in 1992 for playing a con artist in The Old Lady Who Wades In The Sea.

She had a son, Jerome, in 1949 from her first marriage to Jean-Louis Richard.

French president Emmanuel Macron tweeted of Moreau, "A legend of cinema and theater ... an actress engaged in the whirlwind of life with an absolute freedom".

Often flitting between popular and art-house films, Moreau appeared in a wide variety of worldwide films including, Viva Maria! alongside Brigitte Bardot and George Hamilton, The Yellow Rolls Royce, Frankenheimer's The Train alongside Burt Lancaster and Luc Besson's Nikita.

One of the irritations of modern Internet culture is the haphazard way the word "iconic" is thrown around, basically as an all-purpose synonym for "cool" or "thing I like".

Throughout her illustrious career, Jeanne was mostly in France where she displayed a liking for literate and challenging movies often drawn from the works of prolific writers like Marguerite Duras and Jean Genet. The number is "Quand L'Amour Meurt" ("Love's Last Word"), a 1904 song made famous by another peremptory screen goddess, Marlene Dietrich, in "Morocco" (1930).

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