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Overview (5)

Born in Monsummano Terme, Tuscany, Italy
Died in Senlis, Oise, France  (heart attack)
Birth NameIvo Livi
Nickname The Latin Lover
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Yves Montand was born on October 13, 1921 in Monsummano Terme, Tuscany, Italy. He is known for Jean de Florette (1986), The Wages of Fear (1953) and Z (1969). He was married to Simone Signoret. He died on November 9, 1991 in Senlis, Oise, France.

Family (3)

Spouse Simone Signoret (22 December 1951 - 30 September 1985)  (her death)
Children Valentin Montand
Relatives Jean-Louis Livi (niece or nephew)

Trivia (32)

Singer, best known for his performance of jazz hit "Autumn Leaves" among other popular songs.
The name of "Yves Montand" comes from his childhood: his Italian mother used to yell at him "Ivo, monta" ("come upstairs, Ivo" in Tuscan dialect) when it was time to go home.
Dated famous French singer Édith Piaf from 1944 to 1946.
When he was young, he was a hairdresser in Marseille (France).
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show _"Guignols de l'info, Les" (1988)_.
President of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987
His parents escaped Italy in 1921 as Benito Mussolini rose to power.
Montand's father, Giovanni Livi, was a locally important figure in the French Communist Party in Marseilles when Montand was in his teens. Montand himself later joined the Communist Party and remained a member until 1968, when he broke with the Party in response to the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Admired Fred Astaire.
He is interred near his wife Simone Signoret in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
Became natural citizen of France in 1932.
Toured as a jazz singer in the Soviet Union in 1956 and in 1963, and met with Nikita Khrushchev. Became critical of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, then made a movie about socialist dictatorship.
Anne Fleurange accused him of being the father of her daughter, who she said was conceived while she and Montand were working on Vincent, François, Paul and the Others (1974). She sued him to obtain a DNA sample, but he refused. After his death, Fleurange obtained a court ruling to have his body exhumed. On 11 March 1998, a paternity test proved that Montand wasn't the father of her daughter.
In her book "My Lucky Stars", Shirley MacLaine wrote that before filming on My Geisha (1962) began, Montand bet her husband Steve Parker that he could seduce her. Parker, whom MacLaine learned later, was having an affair at the time, took Montand up on the bet; Montand won.
Came from a working-class (docklands) Marseilles family. Left school at eleven and held various jobs in bars, factories and a hair salon. He first performed in amateur theatrics at the age of seventeen. His breakthrough came in his twenties, while singing in Parisian music halls. There he was spotted by Edith Piaf. He lived with her for two years. She became his mentor and co-star in several films, until his first solo success in "Le Salaire de la Peur" in 1953.
Became the first popular singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera House, in 1982.
First singing tour of the United States in 1959.
Had a well-publicised affair with Marilyn Monroe in 1960, while filming Let's Make Love (1960).
In October 1947, Henri Betti offered to Yves Montand singing two songs he has composed : "Mais qu'est-ce que j'ai ?" (lyrics by Édith Piaf) and "C'est si bon" (lyrics by André Hornez). Yves Montand recorded "Mais qu'est-ce que j'ai ?" with Jean Marion and his Orchestra but not "C'est si bon". After the success of the recording of "C'est si bon" by Les Soeurs Étienne with Raymond Legrand and his Orchestra, he decided to record it. He recorded the song on 11 May 1948.
In 2016, Lambert Wilson released the album "Wilson chante Montand" in which he sings the songs of Yves Montand. The musical arrangements of the 17 songs on the album were made by Bruno Fontaine. Among the 17 tracks there is "Mais qu'est-ce que j'ai ?" composed by Henri Betti with the lyrics of Édith Piaf in 1947.
In the late 1940s, he recorded the four greatest hits composed by Henri Betti : "Mais qu'est-ce que j'ai ?" (lyrics by Édith Piaf) in 1947, "C'est si bon" (lyrics by André Hornez), "Rien dans les Mains, rien dans les Poches" (lyrics by André Hornez) and "Maître Pierre" (lyrics by Jacques Plante) in 1948.
Marlène Jobert tells in her biography that Yves Montand once tried to seduce her; and because she refused he tried several times to smash her career. Jobert also said that while she had great admiration for the artist, Yves Montand was some one arrogant, selfish and a disgusting character in his personal life.
Marlène Jobert tells in her biography that just after the news about Marilyn Monroe's death, Yves Montand - ex Marilyn's lover - remained stone cold whilst the rest of the French people around him were crying, full of grief.
Marlène Jobert tells in her biography that when she was invited by the couple Yves Montand - Simone Signoret - Montand humiliated Signoret just in front of their guest. And this without any reason.
Yves Montand was shown singing from France to the USA via the communications satellite "Telestar". This was a transmission to show how satellite technology could broadcast from one continent to another. This was in the summer of 1962, one of several transmissions from earth to satellite and back to earth.
Montand is often erroneously credited with playing a German officer (mainly seen in long shots) in Kelly's Heroes (1970). The character is actually played by the credited actor David Gross, who strongly resembles Montand.
Catherine Allegret alleged that he abused her from the age of five.
Montand and his wife espoused many leftist causes in the 1950s and 1960s, taking part, like many other French intellectuals, in Communist Party meetings and festivals. Signoret once described herself as a fellow traveler but said that neither she nor her husband had ever joined the party. In later years they began to moderate their views and moved toward the right. Signoret never went as far as Montand, who became a spokesman for many rightist causes.
Ended his involvement with Communism due to the Soviet invasion of Hungary in November 1956.
Montand's family left Italy in 1923 at the beginning of fascist era because his parents were socialist activists.
Livi is a common surname in Tuscany, deriving from Italian first name "Livio".
During the Occupation of France a few German officials thought he was Jewish because of his surname, and almost had him deported.

Personal Quotes (4)

I think a man can have two, maybe three affairs, while he is married. But three is the absolute maximum. After that, you're cheating.
[on Gérard Depardieu] He's the actor of the new generation. I don't mean one of - he is THE one.
We decided to make political films that some people objected to.
I have to love the song. If I don't love it, I won't sing it - however much they pay.

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