1921 - 1991 (70 years)
Has 2 ancestors and one descendant in this family tree.
||Yves Montand |
||13 Oct 1921
||Monsummano Alto, Tuscany, Italy
||9 Nov 1991
||Senlis, Oise, Picardie, France
||8 May 2004 |
||Simone Signoret, b. 25 Mar 1921, Wiesbaden, Hessen, D , d. 30 Sep 1985, Auteuil-Anthouillet, France (Age 64 years) |
||7 Apr 2002 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- Left school at 11 and, with the aid of a forged identity card, found a job in a food processing factory. At 14, he started working with his sister as a hairdresser and obtained his qualification in hairdressing. When he was 17, he worked for a metal production company.
The name of "Yves Montand" comes from his childhood: his mother used to yell at him "Ivo, monta" ("come upstairs, Ivo") when it was time to go home.
Italian-born singing star and actor of international renown whose world-weary appearance and cynical manner made him an oddly personable if not overly charismatic leading man. Montand's family moved to France to escape Mussolini's evil influence. As a boy, he quit school and took a number of menial jobs. He was "discovered" singing in a small night spot by Edith Piaf, who offered him guidance and gave him a part in her 1946 movie Star Without Light Montand made several unimportant films before attaining international stardom as one of the truck drivers carrying nitroglycerin in Henri-Georges Clouzot's classic thriller The Wages of Fear (1952). He subsequently starred in Heroes and Sinners (1955) and-with his wife Simone Signoret-in a French adaptation of Arthur Miller's The Crucible (1956), among others, before coming to America, first with a one-man show on Broadway and then as a leading man in Hollywood. He got to sing in his debut film, Let's Make Love (1960), which introduced him to American moviegoers in a high-profile teaming with Marilyn Monroe. He then worked in both Englishlanguage and continental films, including Sanctuary, Goodbye Again (both 1961), My Geisha (1962, Grand Prix, Is Paris Burning? (both 1966), and the musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970). A political activist himself, Montand's most fruitful collaboration was with radical filmmaker Costa Gavras, beginning with The Sleeping Car Murder (1965) and continuing with Z (1969), The Confession (1970), and State of Siege (1973). Other key films include Claude Lelouch's Live for Life (1967), Jean-Luc Godard's Tout va bien (1972), César and Rosalie (also 1972), and Vincent, François, Paul and the Others (1974). Toward the end of his life Montand delivered a stunning character performance as a greedy, scheming farmer in Claude Berri's two-part saga Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring (1986). He remained a major star in his homeland to his dying day. His last film was IP5 (1992).
The spring and summer of 1960 Signoret and Montand were neighbors in a three-apartment bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel with Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller across the hall and Howard Hughes upstairs. Monroe told her dresser, who wrote a biography, that Miller liked to talk to Signoret because she was so intelligent and that after Signoret went back to France to make a film and Miller went to New York to work on a play that Monroe and Montand did indeed have the affair that was speculated about in the press.