After studying with René Simon, Simone Roussel is noticed by Marc Allegret, in 1937, who offers her a major role in Gribouille and leads her to become one of the most notable actresses of the times. The young French actress changes her name into Michèle to please a boy who wanted to fall in love with a Michèle and adds Morgan as a surname, inspired by the Morgan Stanley bank in front of which she dreams when expecting an American career. When World War II begins, she does move to Hollywood where she stars in several films but does not meet with huge success. Following the war, she returns to France where she continues acting before retiring in the 1970s. Despite her skills and charisma, her enigmatic and beautiful eyes are Michèle Morgan's key feature, still belonging to cinema's mythology, today. A mythology fuelled by Jean Gabin's line in Quai des Brumes, who says, before kissing his beautiful partner: 'You've got beautiful eyes, you know.'