Wednesday, January 15, 2014


At eighteen, acting newcomer Jean Seberg won the starring role of Joan of Arc in Otto Preminger’s Saint Joan over some eighteen thousand other hopefuls. Bonjour Tristesse came next and, in 1960, Jean Luc Goddard’s feature, Breathless. She won much critical acclaim for her portrayal of an enigmatic schizophrenic in the title role of Robert Rossen’s Lilith.

Because of her involvement in anti-war politics and her association with the Black Panther party during the turbulent sixties, she became the subject of an undercover campaign by the FBI to try and discredit her in the press. Her American career faltered as a result and her personal life unraveled.

She died in a Paris suburb under mysterious circumstances. She was only forty years old 

Jean Seberg - Ready to Wear Ungaro
Vogue July 1967
Photography: David Bailey

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