Yves Montand

Please add an image!
Birth Date:
Death date:
Extra names:
Yves Montand, Īvs Montāns, Ив Монтан, Ivo Livi, Livi
Actor, Communist, Singer
 french, jew
Père Lachaise Cemetery

Yves Montand (French pronunciation: ​[iv mɔ̃ˈtɑ̃]; 13 October 1921 – 9 November 1991) was an Italian-born French actor and singer.

Early life

Montand was born Ivo Livi in Monsummano Terme, Italy to Giuseppina (née Simoni) and Giovanni Livi, a broommaker. Giuseppina was a devout Catholic, while his father held strong Communist beliefs. Montand's family left for France in 1923 on account of Italy's Fascist regime. He grew up in Marseille, where, as a young man, he worked in his sister's barber shop, and later on the docks. He began a career in show business as a music-hall singer. In 1944, he was discovered by Édith Piaf in Paris and she made him part of her act.


Montand went on to international recognition 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.

In 1951, he married Simone Signoret, 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. 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, co-starring Gérard Depardieu, and Manon des Sources, co-starring Emmanuelle Béart. 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.

Personal life

Montand's only child, Valentin, his son by his second wife, Carole Amiel, 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.

Signoret and Montand had a home in Autheuil-Authouillet, Normandy, where the main village street is named after him,

In his later years he maintained a home in St Paul de Vence, Provence until his death from a heart attack. In an interview, Jean-Jacques Beineix said, "[H]e died on the set [of IP5: The Island of Pachyderms]... On the very last day, after his very last shot. It was the very last night and we were doing retakes. He finished what he was doing and then he just died. And the film tells the story of an old man who dies from a heart attack, which is the same thing that happened!" Montand is interred next to his first wife, Simone Signoret, in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Source: wikipedia.org, news.lv

No places



        Relation nameRelation typeBirth DateDeath dateDescription
        1Simone SignoretSimone SignoretWife25.03.192130.09.1985
        2Edith PiafEdith PiafFriend19.12.191511.10.1963
        3Pablo PicassoPablo PicassoFriend25.10.188108.04.1973
        4Marilyn MonroeMarilyn MonroeFriend01.06.192605.08.1962
        5Gérard OuryGérard OuryCoworker29.04.191920.07.2006
        6Paul Claude PréboistPaul Claude PréboistCoworker21.02.192704.03.1997
        7Jean-Pierre MelvilleJean-Pierre MelvilleCoworker20.10.191702.08.1973
        8René ClémentRené ClémentCoworker18.03.191317.03.1996
        9Marc EyraudMarc EyraudCoworker01.03.192415.02.2005
        10Christian MarinChristian MarinCoworker08.02.192905.09.2012
        11Pierre ColletPierre ColletCoworker10.03.191430.10.1977
        12Tony RandallTony RandallCoworker26.02.192017.05.2004
        13Bing CrosbyBing CrosbyCoworker03.05.190314.10.1977
        14Pierre PalauPierre PalauCoworker13.08.188303.12.1966
        15Joe  DassinJoe DassinCoworker05.11.193820.08.1980
        Raymond BorderieCoworker30.03.189712.07.1982
        17Michèle MorganMichèle MorganCoworker29.02.192020.12.2016
        18Mireille  DarcMireille DarcCoworker15.05.193828.08.2017
        19André S.  LabartheAndré S. LabartheCoworker18.12.193105.03.2018
        20Philippe de BrocaPhilippe de BrocaCoworker15.03.193326.11.2004
        21Jacques PrévertJacques PrévertFamiliar04.02.190011.04.1977
        22Nikita KhrushchevNikita KhrushchevPartymate15.04.189411.09.1971

        No events set