Simone Signoret

Born Mar 25, 1921

Simone Signoret was a French cinema actress often hailed as one of France's greatest film stars. She became the first French person to win an Academy Award, for her role in Room at the Top. In her lifetime she also received a César, three BAFTAs, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, Cannes Film Festival recognition and the Silver Bear for Best Actress.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born on March 25, 1921.


1942 21 Years Old In 1942, she began appearing in bit parts and was able to earn enough money to support her mother and two brothers as her father, who was a French patriot, had fled the country in 1940 to join General De Gaulle in England. … Read More
1950 29 Years Old …  Her second marriage was to the Italian-born French actor Yves Montand in 1950, a union which lasted until her death. … Read More


1958 37 Years Old In 1958, Signoret acted in the English set Room at the Top (1959), which won her numerous awards including the Best Female Performance Prize at Cannes and the Academy Award for Best Actress. … Read More


1962 41 Years Old In 1962 she translated Lillian Hellman's play The Little Foxes into French for a production in Paris that ran for six months at the Theatre Sarah-Bernhardt. … Read More
1966 45 Years Old Her one attempt at Shakespeare, performing Lady Macbeth opposite Alec Guinness at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1966 proved to be ill-advised, although some critics were harsher and one referred to her English as "impossibly Gallic". … Read More
1969 48 Years Old She did work in America for Ship of Fools (1965), which earned her another Oscar nomination, and appeared in a few other Hollywood films before returning to France in 1969.


1978 57 Years Old Her memoirs, Nostalgia Isn't What It Used To Be, were published in 1978.


1985 65 Years Old She also wrote a novel, Adieu Volodya, published in 1985, the year of her death.
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