"When I was young and beautiful I never appeared on the cover of a magazine. And now at 57 I am on the cover. Suddenly there is this infatuation with a not-so-young woman. It is ironic."
"If I have changed, then I only have myself to blame. Out of laziness I let myself go, ... But in the end I wonder if this letting-go hasn't helped me. I haven't lost hours I could have spent looking after my figure, I have spent them living. And it's from having lived that an actor can evolve. It's in ageing that one learns to act better and better, because experience helps you to draw in depth upon what you have known, be they moments of sorrow or joy."
Simone Signoret (cited in Hayward, 2004:22)
"I had begun my life as a woman, Since Daniel and I were the same age, I was too old for him."
"Hordes of young girls never copied my hairdos or the way I talk or the way I dress. I have, therefore, never had to go through the stress of perpetuating an image that's often the equivalent of one particular song that forever freezes a precise moment of one's youth."
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- Hayward, S. (2004). Simone Signoret: The Star as Cultural Sign. London: Bloomsbury Academic
- photograph of Simone Signoret (1921-1985) via