Yves Montand Biography
Yves Montand, as he was popularly known, was an Italian-French actor and singer. He began his career in show business as a music-hall singer and was discovered by Édith Piaf in 1944.
He became an international sensation as a singer and actor, starring in numerous films. His recognizably crooner songs, especially those about Paris, became instant classics. He was one of the most famous performers at Bruno Coquatrix’s famous Paris Olympia music hall, and toured with musicians including Didi Duprat.
During his career, Montand acted in a number of American motion pictures as well as on Broadway. He was nominated for a César Award for “Best Actor” in 1980 for I comme Icare and again in 1984 for Garçon! In 1986, after his international box-office draw power had fallen off considerably, the 65-year-old Montand gave one of his most memorable performances, as the scheming uncle in the two-part film: Jean de Florette. The film was a worldwide critical hit and raised Montand’s profile in the US, where he made an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman.
Yves Montand Family
He was born Ivo Livi Monsummano Terme, Italy, to Giovanni Livi, a broom manufacturer, and Giuseppina Simoni, a devout Catholic, while her husband held strong Communist beliefs. His family left for France in 1923 because of Italy’s Fascist regime.
He has two siblings: Lydia Livi (sister) and Giuliano Livi (brother). He grew up in Marseille, where, as a young man, he worked in his sister’s beauty salon (Salon de Coiffure), and later on the docks.
Yves Montand Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret was a French actress who saw widespread success in her lifetime. She died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 64. Yves married Signoret in 1951, and they co-starred in several films throughout their careers. The marriage was, by all accounts, fairly harmonious, lasting until her death in 1985, although Montand had a number of well-publicized affairs, notably with Marilyn Monroe, with whom he starred in one of her last films, Let’s Make Love. Signoret and Montand had a home in Autheuil-Authouillet, Normandy, where the main village street is named after him.
Yves Montand Wife
He got married for a second time to Carole Amiel in 1987. It is from this marriage that Montand’s only child, Valentin Livi was born, in 1988. In a paternity suit that rocked France, another woman accused Montand of being the father of her daughter and went to court to obtain a DNA sample from him. Montand refused, but the woman persisted after his death.
In a court ruling that made international headlines, the woman won the right to have Montand exhumed and a sample taken. The results indicated that he was probably not the girl’s biological father. In his later years he maintained a home in St Paul de Vence, Provence, until his death from a heart attack.
Yves Montand Marilyn Monroe | Yves Montand and Marilyn Monroe
Montand and Marilyn Monroe had a very public affair once the George Cukor movie, “Let’s make Love” wrapped in 1960. Monroe was in an unhappy marriage with playwright Arthur Miller while Montand was with his wife Simone Signoret.
To shoot Let’s Make Love, Montand and his wife, had to decamp to Los Angeles. Surprisingly, Signoret and Monroe became close friends. They all spent a lot of time together. There are photos of the two couples eating dinner, Montand holding forth while Monroe oozes out of a black dress, then the affair happened.
Signoret once said: “If Marilyn is in love with my husband it proves she has good taste, for I am in love with him too.”
Yves Montand Songs
- 1952: Chante (Odéon)
- 1953: Chante ses dernières créations (Odéon)
- 1953: Chante Paris (Odéon)
- 1953: Récital au Théâtre de l’Étoile 1953 (Odéon, live)
- 1954: Chante ses derniers succès (Odéon)
- 1954: # 54 (Odéon)
- 1955: Chansons populaires de France (Odéon)
- 1957: 13 ans déjà ! (Odéon)
- 1958: Dix chansons pour l’été (Odéon)
- 1958: Succès du Récital 1958 au Théâtre de L’Étoile (Odéon)
- 1958: Récital 1 + Récital 2 (Philips)
- 1958: Étoile 58 (Philips)
- 1960: Dansez avec Yves Montand (Philips)
- 1961: Rengaine ta rengaine (Philips)
- 1962: Chante Prévert (Philips)
- 1962: Récital 63 – Intégral du Théâtre de l’Étoile (Philips, live)
- 1967: 7 (Philips)
- 1968: La Bicyclette (Philips)
- 1968: Le Paris de… (Philips)
- 1968: À l’Olympia (Philips, live)
- 1970: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Columbia, soundtrack with Barbra Streisand)
- 1972: Dans son dernier “One man show” intégral (CBS, live)
- 1974: Montand de mon temps (CBS or TriStar Music)
- 1981: D’hier et d’aujourd’hui (Philips)
- 1981: Le disque de la paix (Philips)
- 1982: Olympia 81 (Philips)
- 1983: In English (Philips)
- 1984: Chante David Mc Neil (Philips)
- 1988: Trois places pour le 26 (Philips, w/ Mathilda May, soundtrack)
- 1993: Les années Odéon – 1945–1958 (Columbia, 9-CD boxset)
- 1997: Plaisirs inédits (Universal)
- 2000: Et la fête continue – Intégrale 1945–1949 – Vol. 1 (Frémeaux)
- 2001: Inédits, rares & indispensables (Mercury, 4-CD boxset)
- 2004: Sensationnel – Intégrale 1949–1953 – Vol. 2 (Frémeaux)
- 2007: Une étoile à l’Étoile – Intégrale 1953–1954 – Vol. 3 (Frémeaux, live)
Yves Montand Movies
- 1941 La Prière aux étoiles
- 1946 Star Without Light
- 1946 Gates of the Night
- 1948 L’idole
- 1950 Souvenirs perdus (fr)
- 1951 The Red Inn
- 1952 Paris Is Always Paris
- 1952 Paris Still Sings
- 1953 Le salaire de la peur
- 1953 Saluti e baci
- 1954 Tempi Nostri
- 1955 Napoléon
- 1955 Heroes and Sinners
- 1955 Marguerite de la nuit
- 1957 The Wolves
- 1957 Les Sorcières de Salem
- 1957 La grande strada azzurra
- 1958 Premier mai (fr)
- 1959 Legge, La
- 1960 Let’s Make Love
- 1961 Sanctuary
- 1961 Goodbye Again
- 1962 My Geisha
- 1963 Le Joli Mai
- 1965 Compartiment tueurs
- 1966 La guerre est finie
- 1966 Is Paris Burning?
- 1966 Grand Prix
- 1967 Vivre pour vivre
- 1968 Mr. Freedom
- 1968 Un soir, un train
- 1969 Le Diable par la queue (fr)
- 1969 Z
- 1970 L’Aveu
- 1970 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
- 1970 Le Cercle Rouge
- 1971 La folie des grandeurs
- 1972 Tout va bien
- 1972 César et Rosalie
- 1972 État de Siège
- 1973 Le Fils (fr)
- 1974 Chance and Violence
- 1974 Vincent, François, Paul…et les autres
- 1975 Section spéciale
- 1975 Le Sauvage
- 1976 Police Python 357
- 1976 Le Grand Escogriffe
- 1976 A Butterfly in the Night
- 1977 La Menace
- 1977 Le fond de l’air est rouge
- 1977 Jacques Prévert
- 1978 Roads to the South
- 1979 Clair de femme
- 1979 I as in Icarus
- 1981 Le Choix des armes
- 1982 Tout feu, tout flamme
- 1983 Garçon!
- 1986 Jean de Florette
- 1986 Manon des Sources
- 1988 Trois places pour le 26
- 1991 Netchaïev est de retour (fr)
- 1992 IP5: L’île aux pachydermes (fr)
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