Michèle Morgan

1920-

Biography

Michele Morgan photo
Michèle Morgan was born Simone Roussel in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, in 1920. Having studied drama from the age of 15, she made her film debut in Mademoiselle Mozart in 1935. She was already an established actress when, at the age of 18, she appeared in Marcel Carné's legendary film, Le Quai des brumes, in which she starred opposite the acting legend, Jean Gabin. At the start of WWII, Morgan moved to the United States where she took a contract with RKO. Unfortunately, her career in Hollywood proved largely fruitless and she returned to France in 1946. There she starred in Jean Delannoy's acclaimed 1946 film, La Symphonie Pastorale, a role for which Morgan received the Best Actress award at Cannes that year.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Morgan became the most popular and sought-after actress in France, appearing in successful costume dramas and romances, such as Marie-Antoinette and Les Orgeuilleux. Her popularity waned in the 1960s with the emergence of the New Wave and the sixties fashion culture, although she was awarded the Légion d'honneur in 1968. In the 1970s, she made a successful transition from film to theatre. Now in retirement, Morgan is free to indulge in her other great passion, painting.
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Filmography

Key: a = actor

Mademoiselle Mozart (1935) [a]

Une fille à papa (1935) [a]

Gigolette (1936) [a]

La Vie parisienne (1936) [a]

Le Mioche (1936) [a]

Mes tantes et moi (1936) [a]

Gribouille (1937) [a]

Le Quai des brumes (1938) [a]

Le Récif de corail (1938) [a]

Orage (1938) [a]

La Loi du nord (1939) [a]

L'Entraîneuse (1940) [a]

Les Musiciens du ciel (1940) [a]

Remorques (1941) [a]

Joan of Paris (1942) [a]

Higher and Higher (1943) [a]

Two Tickets to London (1943) [a]

Untel père et fils (1943) [a]

Passage to Marseille (1944) [a]

La Symphonie pastorale (1946) [a]

The Chase (1946) [a]

Aux yeux du souvenir (1948) [a]

The Fallen Idol (1948) [a]

Fabiola (1949) [a]

La Belle que voilà (1950) [a]

Le Château de verre (1950) [a]

Maria Chapdelaine (1950) [a]

L'Étrange Madame X (1951) [a]

La Minute de vérité (1952) [a]

Les Sept péchés capitaux (1952) [a]

Les Orgueilleux (1953) [a]

Destinées (1954) [a]

Obsession (1954) [a]

Les Grandes manoeuvres (1955) [a]

Marguerite de la nuit (1955) [a]

Napoléon (1955) [a]

Oasis (1955) [a]

Marie-Antoinette reine de France (1956) [a]

Si Paris nous était conté (1956) [a]

Retour de manivelle (1957) [a]

The Vintage (1957) [a]

Le Miroir à deux faces (1958) [a]

Maxime (1958) [a]

Racconti d'estate (1958) [a]

Les Scélérats (1959) [a]

Menschen im Hotel (1959) [a]

Pourquoi viens-tu si tard? (1959) [a]

Vacanze d'inverno (1959) [a]

Fortunat (1960) [a]

Le Puits aux trois vérités (1961) [a]

Les Lions sont lâchés (1961) [a]

Le Crime ne paie pas (1962) [a]

Rencontres (1962) [a]

Un coeur gros comme ça (1962) [a]

Constance aux enfers (1963) [a]

Il Fornaretto di Venezia (1963) [a]

Landru (1963) [a]

Méfiez-vous, mesdames! (1963) [a]

Les Pas perdus (1964) [a]

Les Yeux cernés (1964) [a]

Dis-moi qui tuer (1965) [a]

Lost Command (1966) [a]

Benjamin ou les Mémoires d'un puceau (1968) [a]

Le Démoniaque (1968) [a]

Le Chat et la souris (1975) [a]

Robert et Robert (1978) [a]

Carné, l'homme à la caméra (1985) [a]

Un homme et une femme, 20 ans déjà (1986) [a]

Stanno tutti bene (1990) [a]

New Jersey Drive (1995) [a]




Awards

She was given an honorary César in 1992.

She also won 1 Festival de Cannes award for: La symphonie pastorale (1946, Best Actress).



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