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French Actress Simone Signoret Dies at 64
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Oct 1, 1985
Start Page: 3
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
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Miss Signoret met [Yves Montand], a young singer discovered by Edith Piaf, in 1949, and they were married in 1951, moving into Montand's apartment on the Ile de la Cite, which remained their Paris home until her death. Montand developed as an actor during their marriage, the two performing together in the Paris theater in such plays as Arthur Miller's "The Crucible."

They appeared in few films together. As a team, in fact, Montand and Miss [Simone Signoret] were probably better known for their politics than their acting. They espoused many leftist causes in the 1950s and '60s, taking part, like many other French intellectuals, in Communist Party meetings and festivals. Miss Signoret once described herself as a fellow traveler but said that neither she nor her husband had ever joined the party.

In later years, Miss Signoret turned to writing, publishing several works, including her best-selling memoirs, "Nostalgia Isn't What It Used to Be," in 1977. Her first and only published novel, "Adieu, Volodia," was both a critical and popular success. Miss Signoret said she drew on the experiences of both herself and Montand for her portrayal of two Jewish immigrant families in France between the two world wars.

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