Simone Simon (April 23 1910 â€“ February 22 2005) was a French film actress who began her film career in 1931.
Simone Simon Pas-de-Calais, France. She was the daughter of Henri Louis Firmin, a French engineer, and Erma Maria Domenica Giorcelli, an Italian housewife. She grew up in Marseille.
She went to Paris in 1931 and worked briefly as a singer, model and fashion designer.
Simon made her screen debut in Le Chanteur inconnu (The Unknown Singer, 1931). She quickly established herself as one of the country's most successful film actresses. After seeing her in the 1934 film Lac Aux Dames (USA title: Ladies' Lake), Darryl F. Zanuck brought her to Hollywood in 1936 with a widespread publicity campaign.
However her films for 20th Century Fox were only moderately successful. Among others, she was cast in the Janet Gaynor role in a remake of the beloved silent classic Seventh Heaven, which co-starred James Stewart and flopped. She also appeared as an eager child/woman in Ladies in Love,...
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Simone Simon died in Paris, ÃŽle-de-France
The Curse of the Cat People is a 1944 film directed by Gunther von Fritsch and Robert Wise and produced by Cat People producer Val Lewton. The screenplay was written by DeWitt Bodeen. The original music score was composed by Roy Webb. The film was marketed with the tagline "The black menace creeps again!"
This film is the sequel to Cat People (1942) and has many of the same characters; however the movie has a completely different story, and perhaps most importantly, no cat people.
After the death of his wife Irena (Simone Simon), Oliver Reed (Kent Smith) has married former co-worker Alice Moore (Jane Randolph) and they now have a 6-year-old introverted daughter Amy (Ann Carter). But Amy is getting in trouble at school because she spends too much time daydreaming. Oliver tries to encourage her to make friends. But after Amy finds a photo of deceased cat-woman Irena, whose name is never mentioned in the house, Irenaâ€™s ghost appears to her and the two strike up a friendship. At the same...,
Cat People is a 1942 horror film which tells the story of a young Serbian woman, Irena Dubrovna (Simone Simon) who is haunted by the myth of the cat people of her village. Kent Smith portrayed her husband Oliver Reed, Tom Conway played psychiatrist Dr. Louis Judd and Jane Randolph was Alice, Oliver's colleague.The movie was produced by Val Lewton. The writing is credited to DeWitt Bodeen, but Tourneur, Roy Webb, Lewton and his secretary all contributed to the script. It was directed by Jacques Tourneur, and the cinematographer was Tourneur's sometime collaborator Nicholas Musuraca. It was followed by a sequel, The Curse of the Cat People, in 1944.A remake using the same title was made in 1982. The later Cat People was directed by Paul Schrader and starred Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, and John Heard.The film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.Irena Dubrovna falls in love with and marries "good, plain Americano" Oliver Reed, but she is...,
Simone Simon was born in BÃ©thune