Yves Montand

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Yves Montand
Yves Montand Cannes.jpg
BornIvo Livi
(1921-10-13)13 October 1921
Monsummano Terme, Italy
Died9 November 1991(1991-11-09) (aged 70)
Senlis, Oise, France
Years active1946–1991
Spouse(s)Simone Signoret (1951–1985; her death)
Carole Amiel (1987–1991; his death); 1 son
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Yves Montand
Yves Montand Cannes.jpg
BornIvo Livi
(1921-10-13)13 October 1921
Monsummano Terme, Italy
Died9 November 1991(1991-11-09) (aged 70)
Senlis, Oise, France
Years active1946–1991
Spouse(s)Simone Signoret (1951–1985; her death)
Carole Amiel (1987–1991; his death); 1 son

Yves Montand (French: [iv mɔ̃tɑ̃]; 13 October 1921 – 9 November 1991) was an Italian actor and singer who became a French citizen.

Early life[edit]

Montand was born Ivo Livi in Monsummano Terme, Italy, to Giuseppina (née Simoni) and Giovanni Livi, a broommaker.[1][2] Giuseppina was a devout Catholic, while Giovanni held strong Communist beliefs.[1] Montand's family left for France in 1923 because of Italy's Fascist regime.[3] He grew up in Marseille, where, as a young man, he worked in his sister's beauty salon (Salon de Coiffure), and later on the docks. He began a career in show business as a music-hall singer. In 1944, he was discovered by Édith Piaf in Paris and she made him part of her act.


Montand went on to international recognition as a singer and actor, starring in numerous films. His recognizably crooner songs, especially those about Paris, became instant classics. He was one of the most famous performers at Bruno Coquatrix's famous Paris Olympia music hall, and toured with musicians including Didi Duprat.[citation needed]

In 1951, he married Simone Signoret, and they co-starred in several films throughout their careers. The marriage was, by all accounts, fairly harmonious, lasting until her death in 1985, although Montand had a number of well-publicized affairs, notably with Marilyn Monroe, with whom he starred in one of her last films, Let's Make Love. During his career, Montand acted in a number of American motion pictures as well as on Broadway. He was nominated for a César Award for "Best Actor" in 1980 for I comme Icare and again in 1984 for Garçon! In 1986, after his international box-office draw power had fallen off considerably, the 65-year-old Montand gave one of his most memorable performances, as the scheming uncle in the two-part film: Jean de Florette, co-starring Gérard Depardieu, and Manon des Sources, co-starring Emmanuelle Béart. The film was a worldwide critical hit and raised Montand's profile in the US, where he made an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Montand's only child, Valentin, his son by his second wife, Carole Amiel, was born in 1988. In a paternity suit that rocked France, another woman accused Montand of being the father of her daughter and went to court to obtain a DNA sample from him. Montand refused, but the woman persisted after his death. In a court ruling that made international headlines, the woman won the right to have Montand exhumed and a sample taken.[5] The results indicated that he was probably not the girl's biological father.[6]

Signoret and Montand had a home in Autheuil-Authouillet, Normandy, where the main village street is named after him,

In his later years he maintained a home in St Paul de Vence, Provence until his death from a heart attack.[7] In an interview, Jean-Jacques Beineix said, "[H]e died on the set [of IP5: The Island of Pachyderms]... On the very last day, after his very last shot. It was the very last night and we were doing retakes. He finished what he was doing and then he just died. And the film tells the story of an old man who dies from a heart attack, which is the same thing that happened!"[8] Montand is interred next to his first wife, Simone Signoret, in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.


1946Étoile sans lumière (fr)PierreMarcel Blistène
Gates of the NightDiegoMarcel Carné
1948L'idoleFontanaAlexander Esway
1950Souvenirs perdus (fr)RaoulChristian-Jaque
1951Paris Is Always Pariscameo appearanceLuciano Emmer
1953Le salaire de la peurMarioHenri-Georges Clouzot
1954Tempi NostriVascoAlessandro Blasetti and Paul Paviot
1955Heroes and Sinners (it)Michel RivièreYves Ciampi
NapoléonFrançois Joseph LefebvreSacha Guitry
Marguerite de la nuitMonsieur LéonClaude Autant-Lara
1956The WolvesRicuccioGiuseppe De Santis
1957Les Sorcières de SalemJohn ProctorRaymond Rouleau
La grande strada azzurraSquarciòGillo Pontecorvo
1958Premier mai (fr)Jean MeunierLuis Saslavsky
1959Legge, LaMatteo BriganteJules Dassin
1960Let's Make LoveClement/DumasGeorge Cukor
1961Sanctuarythe candy manTony Richardson
Goodbye AgainRoger DemarestAnatole Litvak
1962My GeishaPaul RobaixJack Cardiff
1963Le Joli Maithe narratorChris Marker
1965Compartiment tueursInspector GrazzianiCosta Gavras
1966La guerre est finieDiego MoraAlain Resnais
Is Paris Burning?Marcel BizienRené Clément
Grand PrixJean- Pierre SartiJohn Frankenheimer
1967Vivre pour vivreRobert ColombClaude Lelouch
1968Un soir, un train (fr)MathiasAndré Delvaux
1969Mr. Freedomcameo appearanceWilliam Klein
ZGrigoris LambrakisCosta Gavras
Le Diable par la queue (fr)Baron César MaricornePhilippe de Broca
1970On a Clear Day You Can See ForeverMarc ChabotVincente Minnelli
Le Cercle RougeJansenJean-Pierre Melville
L'AveuGérardCosta Gavras
Kelly's HeroesGerman Sturmbannführer (uncredited)Brian G. Hutton
1971La folie des grandeursBlazeGérard Oury
1972Tout va bienas himselfJean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin
César et RosalieCésarClaude Sautet
1973Le Fils (fr)Ange OrahonaPierre Granier-Deferre
État de SiègePhilip Michael SantoreCosta Gavras
1974Chance and ViolenceLaurent BermannPhilippe Labro
Vincent, François, Paul...et les autresVincentClaude Sautet
1975Le SauvageMartinJean-Paul Rappeneau
1976Police Python 357Marc FerrotAlain Corneau
Le Grand EscogriffeMorlandClaude Pinoteau
1977La MenaceHenri SavinAlain Corneau
Le fond de l'air est rougenarratorChris Marker
1978Roads to the SouthJean LarreaJoseph Losey
1979Clair de femmeMichelCosta Gavras
I as in IcarusMichelHenri Verneuil
1981Le Choix des armes (fr)Noël DurieuxAlain Corneau
1982Tout feu, tout flammeVictor ValanceJean-Paul Rappeneau
1983Garçon!AlexClaude Sautet
1986Jean de FloretteCésar SoubeyranClaude Berri
Manon des Sources
1988Trois places pour le 26 (fr)as himselfJacques Demy
1991Netchaïev est de retour (fr)Pierre MarrouxJacques Deray
1992IP5: L'île aux pachydermes (fr)Léon MarcelJean-Jacques Beineix



  1. ^ a b Montand, Yves; Hervé Hamon; Patrick Rotman (1992). You see, I haven't forgotten. Knopf. pp. 4–30. ISBN 0679410120. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Hodgson, Moira (5 September 1982). "Yves Montand - From The Music Hall To The Met". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Late Night with David Letterman (a Guest Stars & Air Dates Guide)". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Body of Entertainer Montand Exhumed - Los Angeles Times". articles.latimes.com. March 12, 1998. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Rachel G. Fuchs (9 Aug 2010). Contested Paternity: Constructing Families in Modern France. JHU Press. p. 272. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0598971/bio
  8. ^ "The Return of Jean-Jacques Beineix, Pt. II", Video Business, 5 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009.

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