French Cinema Legend Michele Morgan Dies at Aged 96

Michele Morgan

The French cinema legend Michele Morgan, who starred in some 70 movies as well blessed to grabbed the best actress prize at the first-ever Cannes film festival has died at the age of 96.

An icon of glamor the diva 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’) and she perfectly portrayed her character on 1938 gangster movie.

The President Francois Hollande said in a statement announcing the death of Morgan, whose sea blue eyes always fascinated the French audiences as well as the Hollywood lovers, was “a legend who marked numerous generations.”
Her family also confirm the news of Michele Morgan’s death but till now the actual reason of her death is not clear and the family also go muted on the issue the French media reports stated.

The legendary actress was part of the Hollywood during World War II, she starred in movies including Carol Reed’s “The Fallen Idol,” and gradually after serving her actress career, Michele Morgan tie-knot with the American director William Marshall.

Born Feb. 29, 1920 as Simone Roussel, took Michele Morgan as her stage name and she also goes prominent.

She was awarded Cannes‘ first best actress award for her portrayal of a blind woman in “Pastoral Symphony” in 1946 and her role brought her huge appreciation also.

Michele Morgan is known for films like, The Fallen Idol; Fabiola (1949); The Glass Castle(1950); The Proud and the Beautiful (1953); Shadow of the Guillotine (1956), in which she stars as Marie Antoinette; and Lost Command (1966).

Morgan received many awards during her career, apart from the best actress award at the Cannes film festival including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, France’s Legion of Honour in 1969 and an honorary Cesar in order to say thanks to her incredible contributions to the French cinema in 1992.

She also won the Career Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1996. She was voted as the most popular French actress for 10 times. Morgan spent her later year’s painting and had a solo exhibit in Paris in 2009. “I find calm, I have always liked to be alone and I have never been happier than with my painting,” she said to media regarding her exhibition.

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