You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Film Business Pays Tribute to Jeanne Moreau: ‘We Are Crying’

Tributes poured in Monday for the late Jeanne Moreau, the iconic actress who began her career in the 1950s and starred in films by Louis Malle, Francois Truffaut, Jacques Demy, Michelangelo Antonioni, Orson Welles and Luis Bunuel.

Moreau’s death at 89 was confirmed by French authorities, prompting public figures from President Emmanuel Macron on down to pay homage to the star of “Jules and Jim” and “Les Amants.”

The president of Cannes Film Festival, Pierre Lescure, tweeted: “She was strong and she didn’t like to see people pour their hearts out. Sorry, Jeanne, but this is beyond us. We are crying.” Moreau won the award for best actress at Cannes in 1960 for “Seven Days… Seven Nights,” presided over the main competition jury twice, and received an honorary palm in 2003.

Macron called “a legend of cinema and theater…an actress engaged in the whirlwind of life with an absolute freedom.”

Francoise Nyssen, France’s culture minister, said: “She has passed, but the voice, the genius, the vision of the artist remain.”

Frederique Bredin, president of France’s National Film Board, praised Moreau for “transforming the image of womanhood.”

“We have admired her absolute freedom, her engagement, her strength,” Bredin in a statement. “She was a luminous woman. Her immense talent, her endearing voice will remain forever in our memories.”

See more reactions from Hollywood below:

Her ex-husband, director William Friedkin, tweeted “France has lost a national treasure.”

More Film

  • James Toback sexual harassment

    Dozens of Women Accuse Director James Toback of Sexual Harassment

    Tributes poured in Monday for the late Jeanne Moreau, the iconic actress who began her career in the 1950s and starred in films by Louis Malle, Francois Truffaut, Jacques Demy, Michelangelo Antonioni, Orson Welles and Luis Bunuel. Moreau’s death at 89 was confirmed by French authorities, prompting public figures from President Emmanuel Macron on down […]

  • Robert Hawkins, Variety Rome Correspondent, Dies

    Bob Hawkins, Longtime Variety Journalist in Italy, Dies at 93

    Tributes poured in Monday for the late Jeanne Moreau, the iconic actress who began her career in the 1950s and starred in films by Louis Malle, Francois Truffaut, Jacques Demy, Michelangelo Antonioni, Orson Welles and Luis Bunuel. Moreau’s death at 89 was confirmed by French authorities, prompting public figures from President Emmanuel Macron on down […]

  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

    Box Office: Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Tops Downbeat Weekend With $21.7 Million

    Tributes poured in Monday for the late Jeanne Moreau, the iconic actress who began her career in the 1950s and starred in films by Louis Malle, Francois Truffaut, Jacques Demy, Michelangelo Antonioni, Orson Welles and Luis Bunuel. Moreau’s death at 89 was confirmed by French authorities, prompting public figures from President Emmanuel Macron on down […]

  • Aida Begic Director Aida Begic poses

    Antalya Festival: Aida Begic on ‘Never Leave Me,’ Shooting Movies with Kids

    Tributes poured in Monday for the late Jeanne Moreau, the iconic actress who began her career in the 1950s and starred in films by Louis Malle, Francois Truffaut, Jacques Demy, Michelangelo Antonioni, Orson Welles and Luis Bunuel. Moreau’s death at 89 was confirmed by French authorities, prompting public figures from President Emmanuel Macron on down […]

  • Antalya Fest Opens with Walken, Syrian

    Antalya Festival Opens with Walken, Syrian Refugee Crisis-themed ‘Never Leave Me’

    Tributes poured in Monday for the late Jeanne Moreau, the iconic actress who began her career in the 1950s and starred in films by Louis Malle, Francois Truffaut, Jacques Demy, Michelangelo Antonioni, Orson Welles and Luis Bunuel. Moreau’s death at 89 was confirmed by French authorities, prompting public figures from President Emmanuel Macron on down […]

  • Interview With Carla Simón, director of

    ‘Summer 1993’s’ Carla Simón Talks About, Summer, Kids, Oscars

    Tributes poured in Monday for the late Jeanne Moreau, the iconic actress who began her career in the 1950s and starred in films by Louis Malle, Francois Truffaut, Jacques Demy, Michelangelo Antonioni, Orson Welles and Luis Bunuel. Moreau’s death at 89 was confirmed by French authorities, prompting public figures from President Emmanuel Macron on down […]

  • Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

    Turkish Cinema: The New Generation - Kivilcim Akay, Director ‘I am Also Here'

    Tributes poured in Monday for the late Jeanne Moreau, the iconic actress who began her career in the 1950s and starred in films by Louis Malle, Francois Truffaut, Jacques Demy, Michelangelo Antonioni, Orson Welles and Luis Bunuel. Moreau’s death at 89 was confirmed by French authorities, prompting public figures from President Emmanuel Macron on down […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content