Garden of dreams : the life of Simone Signoret / Patricia A. DeMaio.

Author
DeMaio, Patricia A. [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2014]
Description
1 online resource (viii, 346 pages).

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Series
Hollywood legends series [More in this series]
Summary note
"The incomparable Simone Signoret, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction. New York Available via World Wide Web.
Source of description
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on Feb. 24, 2014).
ISBN
  • 9781617039362 (electronic bk.)
  • 1617039365 (electronic bk.)
  • 9781626740068 (electronic bk.)
  • 1626740062 (electronic bk.)
LCCN
2013033070
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