n°256/ So Very French

January 2017

by Nathalie Azoulai

Since she was and looked so French, we almost forgot how much of a star Michèle Morgan was,  Hollywood-like, even Garbo-like with the look, the poses, the mystery and the somehow early reclusion. Didn't young Simone Roussel even change her name into Morgan after the Morgan Stanley bank to welcome an American career that will not fulfill her expectation though? But have a look at the other French actresses of her time, Danielle Darrieux, Edwige Feuillère, and you will definitely see how glamorous and changing this one was. Short hair, fringe, long hair, dark, platinium, whimsical, brave or sensuous, in jeans or gowns: just name it, you have it with a single consistent feature, those big almond-shaped blue eyes.

 Michèle Morgan