Husky-voiced, French actress Jeanne Moreau has died. She was 89.
The French president’s office announced her death Monday in a statement.
American director Orson Welles once described Moreau as “the best actress in the world.”
Moreau is perhaps best known, in her long, prolific career, for her role in Francois Truffaut’s 1962 film “Jules and Jim.”
Her international career found her acting in films with a host of directors, including Welles, Michelangelo Antonioni, Tony Richardson and Luis Bunel.
She turned down the role of Mrs. Robinson in Mike Nichols “The Graduate.”
She received a number of awards for her work, including a best actress prize at Cannes, a BAFTA, and a honorary Oscar.
French President Macron said Moreau “embodied cinema” and was a free spirit who “always rebelled against the established order.” He praised her range that extended beyond her early roles as a femme fatale.
Moreau, who worked into her 80s, was found dead at her home in Paris Monday morning, the French news agency, AFP, reported.