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Simone Signoret (1921–1985)

The face of Simone Signoret on the Paris Metro movie posters in March 1982 looked even older than her 61 years. She was still a box office draw, but the film, L'étoile du Nord (1982), would be her last theatrical release. She played the landlady. Signoret had a long film apprenticeship during World War II, mostly as an extra and ... See full bio »

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 1986 Music Hall (TV Movie)
Yvonne Pierre
 1983 Thérèse Humbert (TV Movie)
Thérèse Humbert
 1982 Guy de Maupassant
Maupassant's mother
 1980 I Sent a Letter to My Love
Louise Martin
 1979 The Adolescent
 1978 Judith Therpauve
Judith Therpauve
 1978 Madame le juge (TV Series)
Élisabeth Massot / Le juge d'instruction Élisabeth Massot
- Autopsie d'un témoignage (1978) ... Élisabeth Massot
- 2 + 2 = 4 (1978) ... Le juge d'instruction Élisabeth Massot
- Le feu (1978) ... Élisabeth Massot
- Un innocent (1978) ... Élisabeth Massot
- Monsieur Bais (1978) ... Élisabeth Massot
 1976 Police Python 357
Thérèse Ganay
 1975 The Flesh of the Orchid
Lady Vamos
 1973 The Burned Barns
 1971 La veuve Couderc
Veuve Couderc Tati
 1971 Countdown
 1970 A Hostage (TV Movie)
 1970 The Confession
 1969 L'américain
 1969 Mr. Freedom
Cameo appearance (uncredited)
 1967 Games
Lisa Schindler
 1966 A Small Rebellion (TV Movie)
Sara Lescaut
 1966 Is Paris Burning?
Cafe Owner
 1966 The Deadly Affair
Elsa Fennan
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Sara Lescault
- A Small Rebellion (1966) ... Sara Lescault
 1965 Compartiment tueurs
Eliane Darrès
 1963 Sweet and Sour
Madame Geneviève
 1963 The Shortest Day
 1961 Barabbas (uncredited)
 1961 Famous Love Affairs
Jenny (segment "Jenny de Lacour")
 1961 Les mauvais coups
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- Don't You Remember? (1960) ... Woman
 1956 Un matin comme les autres (Short)
Janine Alix
 1956 Death in the Garden
 1955 Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder (Short)
Yvette, Lagerhure
 1951 Shadow and Light
Isabelle Leritz
 1951 Without Leaving an Address
Une journaliste (uncredited)
 1950 Gunman in the Streets
Denise Vernon
 1950 Le traqué
Denise Vernon
 1950 La Ronde
Léocadie, la prostitutée
 1950 Four Days Leave
 1950 Manèges
 1948 Against the Wind
 1947 Fantômas
 1946 Le couple idéal
 1946 Dawn Devils
Lily, la cabaretière
 1945 Box of Dreams
Une femme (uncredited)
 1944 Le mort ne reçoit plus
La maitresse de Firmin
 1944 Service de nuit
La danseuse à la taverne
 1944 Behold Beatrice
Liliane Moraccini
 1944 L'ange de la nuit
Une étudiante (uncredited)
 1943 Adieu Léonard
La gitane (uncredited)
 1943 Le voyageur de la Toussaint
Extra (uncredited)
 1942 The Benefactor
La sécrétaire du journal (uncredited)
 1942 Les Visiteurs du Soir
Extra (uncredited)
 1942 Boléro
Une employée de maison de couture (uncredited)
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Other Works:

She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth," at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England with Alec Guinness and Gordon Jackson in the cast. William Gaskill was director.

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3 Print Biographies | 2 Interviews | 1 Article | 4 Pictorials | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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In films as well as life, " said Jack Lang, French minister of culture September 30, 1985, "Miss Signoret was an unshakeable militant, in the front rank of all the battles for human rights, under all regimes and on all horizons. It was faith that sustained her, faith in her ideals of liberty and progress. See more »


Tutored English and Latin, while working part-time for "Le Nouveau Temps", a newspaper published during the German occupation. See more »


Often played gold-hearted prostitutes

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