French actress Simone Simon dies aged 93

23rd February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 23 (AFP) - Simone Simon, a French actress who made a name for herself in Hollywood in the 1930s, has died in Paris aged 93, her friends and family told AFP Wednesday.

PARIS, Feb 23 (AFP) - Simone Simon, a French actress who made a name for herself in Hollywood in the 1930s, has died in Paris aged 93, her friends and family told AFP Wednesday.

Best-known for her starring roles in the 1937 movie "Seventh Heaven" opposite James Stewart and the 1942 horror film "The Cat People", Simon passed away late Tuesday.

Born in Marseille on April 23, 1911, her triangular, almost feline face earned her an early start as a model, but she was soon thrown into cinema.

After coming to the attention of Hollywood studio head Darryl Zanuck, she was given a contract that saw her go on to act in 11 US movies.

In France, famed director Jean Renoir tapped her to play opposite Jean Gabin in his "La Bete Humaine" ("The Human Beast").

© AFP

Subject: French News

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