Jean Seberg Poster


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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 13 November 1938Marshalltown, Iowa, USA
Date of Death 30 August 1979Paris, France  (barbiturate overdose)
Birth NameJean Dorothy Seberg
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jean Dorothy Seberg was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Dorothy Arline (Benson), a substitute teacher, and Edward Waldemar Seberg, a pharmacist. Her father was of Swedish descent and her mother was of English and German ancestry.

One month before her eighteenth birthday, Jean landed the title role in Otto Preminger's Saint Joan (1957) after a much-publicized contest involving some 18,000 hopefuls. The failure of that film and the only moderate success of her next, Bonjour Tristesse (1958), combined to stall Seberg's career, until her role in Jean-Luc Godard's landmark feature, Breathless (1960), brought her renewed international attention. Seberg gave a memorable performance as a schizophrenic in the title role of Robert Rossen's Lilith (1964) opposite Warren Beatty and went on to appear in over 30 films in Hollywood and Europe.

In the late 1960s, Seberg became involved in anti-war politics and was the target of an undercover campaign by the FBI to discredit her because of her association with several members of the Black Panther party. She was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Paris in 1979.

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Spouse (3)

Dennis Berry (12 March 1972 - 8 September 1979) (her death)
Romain Gary (16 October 1962 - 1970) (divorced) (1 child)
François Moreuil (5 September 1958 - 1 June 1960) (divorced)

Trivia (24)

Buried in the exclusive Montparnasse cemetery, Paris, France.
Her involvement with the Black Panther movement attracted the attention of the FBI, which spread the rumor about her pregnancy in 1970 being a child by Raymond Hewt, a Black Panther movement leader. Although Seberg initially claimed that Romain Gary was the father, she confessed that a student revolutionary named Carlos Navarra was the father of her child. The incident may have contributed to her persistent depression over the years, and her decision to take her own life in 1979.
Son, Alexandre Diego Gary, was born out of wedlock on July 17, 1962. To avoid public scrutiny, Jean lied about the boy's year of birth, claiming he was born in 1963 after her marriage to Romain Gary.
Met the father of her daughter, Carlos Navarra, while filming Macho Callahan (1970) in Mexico.
Gave birth to her daughter by Carlos Navarra, Nina Hart, two months prematurely on August 23, 1970. Nina died as a result of complications sustained from Jean overdosing on sleeping pills during her pregnancy, on 25 August 1970, two days after her birth.
She was a close friend of Nico, and David Keller.
On every subsequent anniversary of her daughter Nina's death, Jean attempted suicide. In 1978, she somehow survived an attempt, throwing herself under a train on the Paris Metro.
Rumors flew that Jean's suicide was masterminded by the FBI but that was never proven. She was buried in the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris, France, and her funeral was attended by such notables as Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.
Committed suicide in the back seat of an automobile in Paris. Her body wasn't found until 11 days later.
Otto Preminger chose her to play Joan of Arc out of nearly 18,000 hopefuls.
Her marriage to the 24-years-older Russian novelist Romain Gary was tempestuous and profoundly unhappy due to his obsessive, Svengali-like influence on her. Divorced in 1970 after she bore Carlos Navarra's daughter, she committed suicide in 1979. Gary took his own life by gunshot the very next year; however, he stated in his suicide note that Jean's suicide had nothing to do with his.
A musical, simply titled "Jean Seberg," based on her life, premiered at the Royal National Theatre, London in 1983. It was written by Julian Barry, with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Christopher Adler.
After Faye Dunaway and Julie Andrews both turned it down, Kim Novak actively pursued the role that went to Seberg in Paint Your Wagon (1969). Actresses considered for Seberg's role in Lilith (1964) included Yvette Mimieux, Natalie Wood, Samantha Eggar, Sarah Miles and Diane Cilento.
Of her own movies, she considered Lilith (1964) to be her favorite.
Although being still married to Dennis Berry, she went through a form of marriage to Algerian playboy Ahmed Hasni, but the ceremony had no legal force (31 May 1979).
Considered one of the Nouvelle Vague's icons.
Survived by both parents, Edward Seberg and Dorothy Benson. Her father died in 1984 and her mother died in 1997.
Turned down roles in The Graduate (1967) and The Stepford Wives (1975), both of which went to Katharine Ross.
Was a huge fan of Marlon Brando, since seeing his screen debut in the movie The Men (1950). As a teenager, Seberg wrote to Brando and invited him to stay with her parents in Iowa. She met him years later and Brando asked her to renew the invitation.
Ex-daughter-in-law of John Berry.
Wrote and published an open letter to drug addicts in the daily paper Libération: 27th February 1978.
François Truffaut wanted her for the role of Julie in his film Day for Night (1973), but she never returned his unanswered calls.
Was in consideration for the role of Lara Antipova in Doctor Zhivago (1965).
Had an older sister, Mary Ann (b. 1936) and two younger brothers, Kurt (b. 1942) and David (1950-1968). David died in a car accident at the age of 18.

Personal Quotes (5)

My first marriage was not happy. I married him because I was impressed that he knew which wines to order and how to leave his visiting card. Ridiculous reasons.
Money doesn't buy happiness. But happiness isn't everything.
"I know that the greatest of actresses has about 20 good years of acting in her and that she will go on living for 30 or 40 years as a human being. So, the conclusion I have come to is that I can't make acting my whole life.
I never knew until I came here [Hollywood] that somebody could be really nice to you for years and really hate your guts. Happens all the time here.
In my long and difficult and mature life, I have come to learn that the less I know about acting and the more I know about everything else, the better I'll be at both acting and living.

Salary (1)

Macho Callahan (1970) $100,000

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