Selected from 18,000 aspiring actresses at age 17, Ms. Seberg made her acting debut in Otto Preminger’s 1957 “Saint Joan.” She starred in the Hollywood films “Lilith,” “Paint Your Wagon” and the blockbuster “Airport,” among others. She is best known for director Jean-Luc Godard’s groundbreaking French New Wave film “Breathless.”The actress and her legacy will be honored today in a proclamation signed by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad at the State Capitol. Ms. Seberg’s family will be in attendance, as will the documentary filmmakers.
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The scene was tragic.A casket covered with lilies, daisies, and yellow roses. A stunned and muted crowd of hundreds gathered at Paris’s Montparnasse Cemetery, Friday, September 14, 1979.The mourners were there to bid farewell to Jean Seberg, internationally renowned actress, activist, and reluctant celebrity. Among those present were her young son Diego and his father (Jean’s former husband), notable French author and diplomat Romain Gary.Parisian police had declared her death a suicide, the result of alcohol and barbiturate poisoning. But the coroner was more cautious, at first issuing a report of “probable suicide” with “unresolved questions,” and then the following year filing charges for “persons unknown” who may have been involved in her death.
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