"Cat People" beauty has died (Simone Simon)

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  1. Steve...O

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    "Cat People" is one of my favorite films, largely due to the presence of the enchantingly beautiful lead actress, Simone Simon. She has died at age 93.

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    French actress Simone Simon dies

    Simon starred opposite US actor James Stewart in Seventh Heaven

    French actress Simone Simon, who starred in 1942 horror film The Cat People, has died in Paris aged 93. Born in Marseille, Simon began her career as a model before coming to the attention of Hollywood studio head Darryl Zanuck.

    She was given a contract that saw her act in 11 US movies, including 1937's Seventh Heaven opposite James Stewart.

    After the acclaimed Cat People she returned to France to star in famed director Jean Renoir's La Bete Humaine.

    International star

    Her triangular, almost feline face helped Simon make an impression early in her career but her Hollywood progress was hampered by appearances in unremarkable films.

    Disenchanted with Hollywood in general and film studio 20th Century Fox in particular, she returned to France to be re-established as an international star in La Bete Humaine in 1938.

    World War Two brought Simon back to the US in the 1940s, where she starred in a series of horror films including All That Money Can Buy, Cat People and its sequel The Curse of the Cat People.

    Simon made a handful of films in France in the 1950s before retiring in 1956. (BBC)
     
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    R.I.P. Ms. Simon.

    Robert Wise's first film, THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE, was one of the very first movies I ever saw, and she made such a wonderful impression in that film. I can see her now, singing a beautiful French Christmas carol standing in the snow ...
     

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