Michèle Morgan (born 29 February 1920) is a French film actress, who was a leading lady for trois décennie.
Morgan was born Simone Renée Roussel in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a western suburb of Paris.
She left home at l’âge of 15 for Paris determined to become an actress. She took acting leçons from René Simon while serving as an extra in several films to pay for her drama classes. She was noticed by director Marc Allégret who offered her a major role in the film Gribouille in 1937, opposite Raimu. Then came the film Le Quai des brumes by Marcel Carné in 1938, opposite the great French actor Jean Gabin, and Remorques in 1941. These two films established her as one of the leading actress of the time in french cinema.
Upon the invasion of France in 1940 by the Germans, Morgan left for les États Unis and Hollywood where she was contracted to RKO Pictures. Her carrière there proved rather disappointing, apart from Joan of Paris opposite Paul Henreid in 1942, Higher and Higher opposite Frank Sinatra in 1943. She was tested and strongly considered for the female lead in Casablanca but RKO would not release her for the amount of money that Warner Bros. offered. Morgan did work for Warners in Passage to Marseille opposite Humphrey Bogart in 1944. Nothing major came her way.
The war over, Morgan returned to France and quickly picked up her career with the 1946 film, La symphonie pastorale by Jean Delannoy, which earned her the "Best Actress" award at the Cannes Film Festival. Other notable films include Fabiola (1949), The Proud and the Beautiful (1953) by Yves Allégret, Les Grandes Manœuvres by René Clair (1955), Marie-Antoinette reine de France (1956).
trois décennie (twah day sehn ee) -3 decades
l’âge (lahz) -the age
leçons (leh sohn) -lessons
les États Unis (layz ay taht yoo nee) -the United States
carrière (kah ree ehr) -career