Ms. Moreau spent little time in Hollywood. She starred in John Frankenheimerâs war drama âThe Trainâ (1964) opposite Burt Lancaster, played an aging European star in âThe Last Tycoonâ (1976) and did a cameo as an elderly descendant of Cinderella in âEver Afterâ (1998). Although she was directed by Orson Welles at least four times, the films were European productions.
She continued to perform into her 80s, including in a French television series in 2013 and âLe Talent de Mes Amisâ in 2015. She acted onstage, winning the MoliÃ¨re award in France for her performance in âLe RÃ©cit de la Servante Zerline,â in 1988, and had a singing career, releasing several albums. She directed three films, including a 1983 documentary about the silent-screen star Lillian Gish.
Ms. Moreau received a Legion of Honor and was the first woman inducted into the AcadÃ©mie des Beaux-Arts.
Jeanne Moreau was born in Paris on Jan. 23, 1928, the daughter of the owner of a Montmartre hotel and restaurant and his British-born wife, a dancer at the Folies BergÃ¨re. When Ms. Moreau was 15, she saw her first play, âAntigone,â and decided to become an actress. When she told her father about her ambition, he slapped her.
His opposition was an advantage, in her eyes. âIt forces you toward excellence,â she told a reporter for the French newspaper Le Figaro in 2001. âAll my life I wanted to prove to my father that I was right.â
She studied at the Conservatoire National dâArt Dramatique and, at 20, became the youngest-ever full-time member of the ComÃ©die-FranÃ§aise, making her debut in Turgenevâs drama âA Month in the…