Jean Seberg biography

Actress Jean Seberg

Jean Seberg biography

Jean Seberg was born November 13, 1938, in Marshalltown, Iowa, USA.

She was an American film actor. Seberg was chosen for the title role in Otto Preminger's Saint Joan (1957) and cashed in as a failure.

Things didn't go much better in Preminger's Sagan film adaptation Bonjour Tristesse (1958), which, however, with its French theme and filming on location, points to her role as an American in Paris in collaboration with Jean-Paul Belmondo in Jean Luc Godard's À bout de souffle (1960), which made her an icon of the French New Wave and has secured her a permanent place in film history.

Despite several approaches, this role was not followed up; her other career, mainly in the USA, included musicals, disaster films, etc. Only the psychotic title role in Robert Rossen's Lilith (1964) asserts itself above her other films.

Jean Seberg got involved politically, i.a., in the Black Panther Party, and was monitored and harassed by the CIA. Her personal life and career suffered from this; she became unstable and, in all likelihood, committed suicide.

Died on August 30, 1979, in Paris, France.

last updated October 2022

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