13 October 1921, Monsummano Terme, Italy – 9 November 1991, Senlis, France
Yves Montand, original name Ivo Livi, was an Italian-born French stage and film actor and popular cabaret singer.
Though considered by many to be the quintessence of worldly Gallic charm, Montand was actually born in Italy to peasants who fled to Marseille when he was two years of age to escape the Fascist regime of Benito Mussolini. At age 18 he was singing in music halls and supplementing his income by working as a longshoreman.
In Paris, as the protégé of chanteuse Edith Piaf, he appeared in the 1945 motion picture Étoile sans lumière (Star Without Light).
Etoile sans lumiere (1945)
He married actress Simone Signoret in 1951. His role in La Salaire de la peur (1953; Wages of Fear) brought him international fame.
La Salaire de la peur / Wages of Fear (1953)
His autobiography, Du Soleil plein la tête (Sunshine Fills My Mind), was published in 1955, before he gave his most-acclaimed performances, in La Guerre est finie (1966; The War Is Over) and in two films by director Costa-Gavras, Z (1968) and L’Aveu (1970; The Confession). His performances in Claude Berri’s film adaptations of two novels by Marcel Pagnol – Jean de Florette (1986) and its sequel, Manon des sources (1986; Manon of the Spring) – were also highly acclaimed.
La guerre est finie / The War is Over (1966)
He was nominated for a César Award for „Best Actor” in 1980 for I comme I care and again in 1984 for Garçon!
Les Feuilles Mortes L´Olympia
The Best of Yves Montand
***** [In English] *****
13 octombrie 1921, Monsummano Terme, Italy – 9 noiembrie 1991, Senlis, France
Yves Montand (născut Ivo Livi) a fost un cunoscut căntăreț și actor de film francez, de origine italiană, unul din interpreții de frunte ai genului muzical chanson réaliste francez târziu din a doua jumătate a secolului al XX-lea.
C’est si bon
Iubit de femei celebre (Edith Piaf, Marilyn Monroe), Montand este cunoscut și datorită căsniciei, întinse pe mai multe decenii, cu marea actriță franceză Simone Signoret.