Oh, my sweet thing, I will raise my hand up into the night time sky and count the stars that are shining in your eyes.

19 Jun

Educated at Iowa University, this blonde actress landed the title role in Otto Preminger’s Saint Joan (1957) after a much-publicized contest involving some 18,000 hopefuls. The failure of that film and the only moderate success of her next, Bonjour, Tristesse (1958), combined to stall Seberg’s career, until her role in Jean-Luc Godard’s landmark feature, Breathless (1960), brought her renewed international attention. Seberg gave a memorable performance as a schizophrenic in the title role of Robert Rossen’s Lilith (1964) and was directed by husbands Francois Moreuil, in La récréation (1961), and Romain Gary, in Les oiseaux vont mourir au Pérou( 1968). During the 1970’s, Seberg became involved in anti-war politics and was the target of an undercover campaign by the FBI to discredit her because of her association with several members of the Black Panther party. Bad press and several personal problems nearly ruined her career, and she only acted in foreign films from then on. She was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a Paris suburb on August 30, 1979.

Jean and Jean-Paul Belmondo

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