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Simone Signoret

(1921-1985), Actress

Sitter in 2 portraits
Actress. Born in Germany to French parents, Signoret was raised in Paris. Unable to obtain an official work permit because her father was Jewish, she worked primarily as an extra during the Nazi occupation of France. Signoret's breakthrough to international stardom came with the British film Room at the Top (1959) which won her numerous awards, including an Oscar for Best Actress. Bown's portrait was taken whilst Signoret was in London staring as 'Lady Macbeth' opposite Alec Guinness at the Royal Court Theatre.

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Simone Signoret; Vivien Leigh, by Unknown photographer - NPG x139807

Simone Signoret; Vivien Leigh

by Unknown photographer
vintage press print, 1965
NPG x139807

Simone Signoret, by Jane Bown - NPG x133111

Simone Signoret

by Jane Bown
gelatin silver print, 1966
NPG x133111

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