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Garden of Dreams: The Life of Simone Signoret (Hollywood Legends)

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The incomparable Simone Signoret (1921-1985), one of the grand actresses of the twentieth century and one of France's most notable stars, considered herself the "oldest discovery" in Hollywood. After years of blacklisting during the McCarthy era, she was thirty-eight years old when she entered Hollywood through the back door in the 1959 British blockbuster Room at the Top. Her portrayal of the endearing Alice Aisgill earned her the Academy Award in 1960, the first French actor to win a coveted Oscar.

Though a latecomer to Hollywood, Signoret was already an international star who had survived the Nazi occupation of Paris, emerging in 1945 as a beautiful, promising actress capable of communicating more emotion through body language than dialogue alone could achieve. She gained a reputation as the thinking man's sex symbol, and in several films she portrayed prostitutes with subtlety and depth.

She was fiercely protective of her privacy. But after winning the Oscar, she was dragged through the gutter when her second husband, Yves Montand, had a widely publicized affair with Marilyn Monroe. Many attributed her rapid aging and alcoholism to this betrayal. She endured this perception in silence, all the while demonstrating a remarkable capacity to reinvent herself as a best-selling author, respected social activist, and revered actress who remained in the cinema, her "garden of dreams," for over four decades. Patricia A. DeMaio combines Signoret's courageous story with Montand's biography to reveal new information and insight into Signoret's humanitarian efforts and the vibrant film career that sustained her.

Synopsis:

A biography of the stunning French movie star and her complex marriage to singer Yves Montand

About the Author

Patricia A. DeMaio, Hamden, Connecticut, works as a grants resource manager with New Haven Public Schools. She has worked in nonprofit management for over twenty-five years.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781604735697
Author:
Demaio, Patricia A.
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Author:
DeMaio, Patricia A.
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Film
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Series:
Hollywood Legends Series
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16, 16 bandw photographs
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Actors » Biographies
Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » History and Criticism
Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts

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