Jean Seberg Biography

Birthday: 1938-11-13
Place of Birth: Marshalltown, Iowa
Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Wiki Biography: One month before her 18th birthday, this blonde actress landed the title role in Otto Preminger's Saint Joan (1957) after a much-publicized contest involving some 18,000 hopefuls. The failure of that film and the only moderate success of her next, Bonjour tristesse (1958), combined to stall Seberg's career, until her role in Jean-Luc Godard's landmark feature, Breathless (1960), brought her renewed international attention. Seberg gave a memorable performance as a schizophrenic in the title role of Robert Rossen's Lilith (1964), costarring Warren Beatty. Her most famous film as a lead actress was the western-musical Paint Your Wagon (1969). During this time Seberg became involved in anti-war politics and was the target of an undercover campaign by the FBI to discredit her because of her association with several members of the Black Panther party. Bad press and several personal problems nearly ruined her career, and she only acted in foreign films from then on. She was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a Paris suburb in September 1979, and her precise date of death remains unknown. She was 40 years old. Seberg was survived by both of her parents, two younger siblings, three ex-husbands, and a 16-year-old son named Diego. On August 23, 1970, she gave birth to a daughter named Nina, who was the product of an extramarital affair she had with a college student named Carlos Navarra; Nina died two days after her birth as a result of Jean overdosing on sleeping pills during her pregnancy.

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Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Bonjour Tristesse 1958
The Mouse That Roared 1959
Lilith 1964 Biography
A Fine Madness 1966 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Paint Your Wagon Elizabeth 1969 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Airport Tanya Livingston 1970 Drama, Thriller
From the Journals of Jean Seberg 1996 Documentary