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Simone Signoret and the Communist connection

Simone Signoret and the Communist connection

April 6, 1960: The day following the Academy Awards, French actress Simone Signoret plants a kiss on her Oscar after denying she was ever a Communist. Signoret won the lead actress Oscar for the 1959 movie “Room at the Top.”

During an L.A. Times interview, Signoret stated she had never been a member of the Communist Party in France or anywhere else. “Sure,” Signoret added, “I was once refused a visa to visit the United States in 1957. Someone said it was because I signed the Stockholm Appeal seeking to end wars and stop the manufacture of atom bombs. I’m still for that.”

Signoret and her husband, French singer Yves Montand, always supported leftist and human rights causes. Not mentioned in the 1960 interview:  Montand and Signoret visited Moscow in 1956 and met Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev. But after the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, Montand and Signoret denounced Soviet communism.

Simone Signoret, 1985 Los Angeles Times obituary

Yves Montand, 1991 Los Angeles Times obituary

This photo by staff photographer Don Cormier appeared in the April 7, 1960, Los Angeles Times.

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