Yves Montand

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October 20, 2021

Yves Montand (Monsummano Terme, October 13, 1921 - Senlis, November 9, 1991), born Ivo Livi, was a French singer, film actor and Italian music-hall performer of Italian origin.

Biography

Yves Montand was born in Monsummano Alto, Tuscany, Italy; son of Josephine and Giovanni, poor peasants of the Catholic religion. In 1921, shortly after his birth, Montand's family emigrated to France. When they applied for French nationality, the father argued that they had left Italy to escape Mussolini's regime. Montand grew up in Marseilles, where he worked at his sister's hairdressing salon and then at the docks. He began his career in show business as a music-hall singer. In 1944 he was discovered by Édith Piaf in Paris, who made him a member of his artistic company and became his mentor and lover. He was recognized internationally, for starring in numerous films. In 1951 he married actress Simone Signoret and they both co-starred in several films throughout their careers. The marriage lasted until her death in 1985, although Montand had several widely publicized lovers, most notably Marilyn Monroe, with whom she made one of her latest films, Let's Make Love. During his career, Montand acted in numerous American films, 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, at the age of 65, he performed one of his most memorable performances as his uncle, Jean de Florette, starring Gérard Depardieu, and Manon des sources, co-starring Emmanuelle Béart. The film was a worldwide critical success and rose to fame in the United States, where he starred in the television show Late Night with David Letterman.

Personal Life

Montand's only son, named Valentin, born in 1988, was with his assistant Carole Amiel. In a paternity suit that occurred in France, another woman accused Montand of being the daughter of her daughter and went to court to get a DNA sample from him. Montand refused, but the woman persisted in her tenacity until the actor's death. In a subsequent court arbitration, the woman won the right to have Montand exhumed and take a sample from the corpse. After the trial, analysis showed that he was not the girl's father. In his later years, he lived in St. Louis. Paul de Vence, Provence, until his death. He was buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. On November 9, 1991, Yves Montand died in Senlis (north of Paris, France), the victim of a heart attack, during the shooting of the film IP5 (L'île aux pachydermes), by Jean-Jacques Beineix .

Songs

Cycling, In Paris, Love, my dear love, Ball, little ball, Barbara, It's so good, In the plains of the Far West, Sweet madness, Leaving school, Is this how men live ?, I like to kiss you, I came on foot, The baker's daughter, The Sunday killer, The life in pink, The dead leaves, The cherry time, The songs of the partisans, The children who like, Les grands boulevars, Ma Gigolette, Mathilda, Paris-canaille, Sous le ciel de Paris, Un gamin de Paris.

Discography

Montand sings Prévert Flamenco de Paris Mathilda

Filmography

His most notable films are: 1944: Star without light by Marcel Blistène: Pierre 1945: Silence ... antenna by René Lucot - short 1946: The Gates of the Night (The Gates of the Night) by Marcel Carné: Diego 1948: The Idol of Alexander Esway: Fountain 1949: The City and its songs by Jacques Planche - short - 1950: Lost memories of Christian-Jaque: Raoul, sketch A violin 1950: Paris is Always Paris - by Luciano Emmer - song only - 1951: The Red Inn

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