Jean Seberg, 1938-1979

When I visited Paris back in January, I took this picture of Jean Seberg’s grave at le cimetière du Montparnasse; one of the most beautiful, eerie, moving places in Paris. Jean Seberg was one of the original manic pixie dream girls, charming audiences in zeitgeist classics like Godard’s À Bout de Souffle, and the stunning Otto Preminger film Bonjour Tristesse. At the age of 40, she committed suicide in Paris after being harassed and defamed by the FBI with the press’ complicity. Her body was discovered after ten days, wrapped in a blanket in the back of her car after taking an overdose of barbiturates. Her husband committed suicide a year later.

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You, madam, are the eternal humourist, the eternal enemy of the absolute, giving our vagrant moods the slightest twist!

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