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Simone Signoret
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Intro French actress
Was Actor Film actor Writer Educator Stage actor
From France
Field Academia Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender female
Birth 25 March 1921, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt Government Region, Hesse, Germany
Death 30 September 1985, Autheuil-Authouillet, Eure, Normandy, France (aged 64 years)
Star sign Aries
Residence Wiesbaden, Darmstadt Government Region, Hesse, Germany; Paris, Seine, Île-de-France, France
Father: André Kaminker
Spouse: Yves Allégret (1944-1949)Yves Montand (22 December 1951-30 September 1985)
Children: Catherine Allégret
Academy Award for Best Actress 1960
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress 1959
Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress 1959
César Award for Best Actress 1978
David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress 1978
Silver Bear for Best Actress 1971
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie 1966
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Simone Signoret ([simɔn siɲɔʁɛ]; born Simone Henriette Charlotte Kaminker; 25 March 1921 – 30 September 1985) was a French actress. She received various accolades, including an Academy Award, three BAFTA Awards, a César Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress, in addition to nominations for two Golden Globe Awards.

Early life

Signoret was born Simone Henriette Charlotte Kaminker in Wiesbaden, Germany, to Georgette (née Signoret) and André Kaminker, as the eldest of three children, with two younger brothers. Her father, a pioneering interpreter who worked in the League of Nations, was a French-born army officer from a Polish Jewish family, who brought the family to Neuilly-sur-Seine on the outskirts of Paris. Her mother, Georgette, from whom she acquired her stage name, was a French Catholic.

Signoret grew up in Paris in an intellectual atmosphere and studied English, German and Latin. After completing secondary school during the Nazi occupation, Simone was responsible for supporting her family and forced to take work as a typist for a French collaborationist newspaper, Les nouveaux temps, run by Jean Luchaire.


During the occupation of France, Signoret mixed with an artistic group of writers and actors who met at the Café de Flore in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarter. By this time, she had developed an interest in acting and was encouraged by her friends, including her lover, Daniel Gélin, to follow her ambition. 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. She took her mother's maiden name for the screen to help hide her Jewish roots.

Signoret's sensual features and earthy nature led to type-casting and she was often seen in roles as a prostitute. She won considerable attention in La Ronde (1950), a film which was banned briefly in New York as immoral. She won further acclaim, including an acting award from the British Film Academy, for her portrayal of another prostitute in Jacques Becker's Casque d'or (1951). She appeared in many French films during the 1950s, including Thérèse Raquin (1953), directed by Marcel Carné, Les Diaboliques (1954), and The Crucible (Les Sorcières de Salem; 1956), based on Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

Simone Signoret with Laurence Harvey in Room at the Top; the film established her as an international actress.

In 1958, Signoret acted in the English independent film, 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. Not for nearly 40 years did another French actress receive an Oscar: Juliette Binoche (Supporting Actress, 1997) and Marion Cotillard (Best Actress, 2008). She was offered films in Hollywood, but turned them down for several years, continuing to work in France and England—for example, opposite Laurence Olivier in Term of Trial (1962). She earned a further Oscar nomination for her work on Ship of Fools (1965), and appeared in a few other Hollywood films before returning to France in 1969.

In 1962, Signoret 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. She played the Regina role as well. Hellman was displeased with the production, although the translation was approved by scholars selected by Hellman.

Signoret's one attempt at Shakespeare, performing Lady Macbeth opposite Alec Guinness at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1966 proved to be ill-advised, with some harsh critics; one referred to her English as "impossibly Gallic".

Signoret was never concerned with glamour, ignored sexist and ageist insults and continued giving finely etched performances. She won more acclaim for her portrayal of a weary madam in Madame Rosa (1977) and as an unmarried sister who unknowingly falls in love with her paralyzed brother via anonymous correspondence in I Sent a Letter to my Love [fr] (1980). She continued to appear in many movies before her death in 1985.

Personal life

Signoret's memoirs, Nostalgia Isn't What It Used To Be, were published in 1978. She also wrote a novel, Adieu Volodya, published in 1985, the year of her death.

Signoret first married filmmaker Yves Allégret (1944–49), with whom she had a daughter Catherine Allégret, herself an actress. Her second marriage was to the Italian-born French actor Yves Montand in 1951, a union which lasted until her death; the couple had no children.

Signoret died of pancreatic cancer in Autheuil-Authouillet, France, aged 64. She was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and Yves Montand was later buried next to her.


Year Title Role Notes
1942 Bolero Une employée de la maison de couture Uncredited
Prince Charming Extra Uncredited
Les Visiteurs du Soir Extra Uncredited
The Benefactor La sécrétaire du journal Uncredited
1943 Strange Inheritance Extra Uncredited
Goodbye Leonard La gitane Uncredited
1944 The Angel of the Night Une étudiante Uncredited
Behold Beatrice Liliane Moraccini
Service de nuit La danseuse à la taverne Uncredited
Le mort ne reçoit plus [fr] La maitresse de Firmin
1945 Box of Dreams Une femme Uncredited
1946 Les Démons de l'aube [fr] Lily, la cabaretière
The Ideal Couple Annette
Back Streets of Paris Gisèle
1947 Fantômas Hélène
1948 Against the Wind Michele Dennis
Dédée d'Anvers Dédée
Dilemma of Two Angels Marianne
1950 Manèges Dora
Swiss Tour Yvonne
La Ronde Leocadie, the Prostitute
Gunman in the Streets Denise Vernon (also released as Le Traqué)
1951 ...Sans laisser d'adresse Une journaliste Uncredited
Shadow and Light Isabelle Leritz
1952 Casque d'or Marie 'Casque d'Or' BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
1953 Thérèse Raquin Thérèse Raquin
1955 Les Diaboliques Nicole Horner
Mother Courage and Her Children Yvette, Lagerhure (unfinished)
1956 Death in the Garden Djin
1957 The Crucible Elisabeth Procter BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
1958 Room at the Top Alice Aisgill
  • Academy Award for Best Actress
  • BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
  • Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress
  • Jussi Award for Best Foreign Actress
  • Laurel Award for Top Female Dramatic Performance (3rd place)
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (2nd place)
  • Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1960 General Electric Theater Woman Episode: Don't You Remember?
Adua and Friends Adua Giovannetti (also released as Hungry for Love)
1961 Les Mauvais Coups Roberte
Famous Love Affairs Jenny (segment "Jenny de Lacour")
1962 Term of Trial Anna
1963 The Shortest Day
The Day and the Hour Therese Dutheil
Sweet and Sour Madame Geneviève
1965 Ship of Fools La Contessa
  • Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
  • Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
  • Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
The Sleeping Car Murders Eliane Darès
1966 Is Paris Burning? La patronne du bistrot / Cafe Owner
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Sara Lescault Episode: A Small Rebellion
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama
1967 The Deadly Affair Elsa Fennan Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Games Lisa Schindler Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1968 Mr. Freedom Cameo Uncredited
The Sea Gull Arkadina, an actress
1969 Army of Shadows Mathilde
L'Américain [fr] Léone
1970 The Confession Mme L.
Lise London
A Hostage Meg TV movie
1971 Comptes à rebours [fr] Léa
Le Chat Clémence Bouin Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 21st Berlin International Film Festival
La Veuve Couderc [fr] Veuve Couderc Tati
1973 The Burned Barns Rose
Rude journée pour la reine [fr] Jeanne
1975 La Chair de l'orchidée Lady Vamos
1976 Police Python 357 Thérèse Ganay
1977 Madame Rosa Madame Rosa
  • César Award for Best Actress
  • David di Donatello Award for Best Actress (tied with Jane Fonda for Julia)
1978 Madame le juge [fr] Elisabeth Massot TV Series, 6 episodes
Judith Therpauve Judith Therpauve
1979 The Adolescent Mamie
1980 I Sent a Letter to My Love Louise Martin
1982 L'étoile du nord Mme Louise Baron Nominated — César Award for Best Actress
Guy de Maupassant [fr] Maupassant's mother
1983 Thérèse Humbert Thérèse Humbert
1985 Des terroristes à la retraite Narrator

Television award

Emmy Awards

  • 1966: Won Emmy Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama for: Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963) for episode A Small Rebellion

Popular culture

  • Marilyn (2011) by Sue Glover, premiered at the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow on 17 February 2011. The play charted the deteriorating relationship between Signoret and Marilyn Monroe during the filming of Let's Make Love. Unable to achieve the recognition of Oscar-winning Signoret, Monroe begins an affair with Signoret's husband, Yves Montand.
  • Singer Nina Simone (Born Eunice Waymon) took her last name from Simone Signoret.
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