|French screen legend Michele Morgan, who starred in some 70 movies and took home the best actress prize at the first-ever Cannes film festival, died on Tuesday, aged 96. —AFP Photo |Viet Nam News
CASTERAN PARIS — French screen legend Michele Morgan, who starred in some 70 movies and took home the best actress prize at the first-ever Cannes film festival, died on Tuesday, aged 96, her family said.
An icon of glamour, Morgan was remembered for a regal azure gaze which she first turned on Jean Gabin as an 18-year-old ingenue in Port of Shadows (Quai des Brumes), a 1938 gangster movie.
"You’ve got lovely eyes, you know," he told her, forever sealing Morgan’s fate in French filmography as the "most beautiful pair of eyes in cinema".
"It bothers me to hear that repeated so often", she was known to say much later -- though her 1977 memoirs were entitled With eyes like that...
She starred alongside Gabin and stars Jean Marais and Michel Simon, as well as Humphrey Bogart, and won her Cannes award in 1946 for her interpretation of a blind woman in La Symphonie Pastorale, Jean Delannoy’s adaptation of an Andre Gide novel.
Her career flourished in the 1940s to 1960s, and faded with the arrival of New Wave cinema.
"Michele Morgan was more than just a gaze. She personified elegance and grace, and her legend left its mark on many generations," French President Francois Hollande said in a statement. — AFP