How come they never made a biopic about Jean Seberg?
Seems like a lot of good stuff....I mean they did Julia Child etc.
Good topic. Who do you think should play her?
It's actually hard to make a good script out of such downbeat material. A little youthful success, followed by years and years of failures and bad choices.
Fun, fun, fun to watch!
I 100% agree with you OP. I wonder if Burt Reynolds murdered her? They said his temper was incredibly violent and uncontrollable. Why would she make a sandwich and then commit suicide? that doesn't make sense.
This has to be a joke thread, right? There was of course a Jean Seberg musical over a decade ago, at the National Theatre in London. It did not run very long, had to be very downbeat ... is there even an original recording album?
It might actually do a lot better now, as Seberg and her story gets more and more known ?
The music was actually by Marvin Hamlisch!
There was supposed to be one, like ten years ago, Kirsten Dunst was the lead, but like her Blondie biopic it never happened.
Send for Sienna - Miller that is. She has already played Edie Sedgewick and Tippi Hedren. Playing Jean Seberg will elevate her to superstar status and she looks rather like her.
There's a pirate recording of "Seberg", R6. It's actually fairly moving.
[quote] Send for Sienna - Miller that is. She has already played Edie Sedgewick and Tippi Hedren. Playing Jean Seberg will elevate her to superstar status and she looks rather like her.
Then she can play Keith Moon in his biopic that's been in the planning stages for 30 years.
Unfortunately Sienna Miller is too busy preparing her new biopic "MERYL".
[quote] Why would she make a sandwich and then commit suicide?
I'm not angry at you I'm angry at the sandwich!
[quote] Why would she make a sandwich and then commit suicide?
She realized she'd used Kraft Miracle Whip instead of Hellman's
"Fun, fun, fun to watch!"
Then maybe you should stick with Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias, sweetie.
I met her as a child in Iowa. She was the niece of my dad's business partner.
In 1995, a documentary of her life was made by Mark Rappaport, titled "From the Journals of Jean Seberg." Mary Beth Hurt played Seberg in a voice-over. Hurt was also born in Marshalltown, Iowa, in 1948, attended the same high school as Seberg, and Seberg had been her babysitter. A musical, "Jean Seberg", by librettist Julian Barry, composer Marvin Hamlisch, and lyricist Christopher Adler, based on Seberg's life, was presented in 1983 at the National Theatre in London.
"Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg" by Tammy and Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films and author Garry McGee is due to premiere at the festival in November 2013. The documentary includes interviews with Jean’s immediate family, friends, teachers and colleagues.
The Black Panther stuff might be too militant for fraus. Her death is mysterious and she was targeted by the U.S. government. Not pleasant.
I remember reading a bio on her years ago. I also thought her life would make a great bio-pic and I also remember that Jodie Foster was mentioned as playing her.
I don't think the 'Panther' connection would be a problem.
I've also wondered why Montgomery Clift's life has been ignored as well.
They had Wes Bentley lined up for a Clift film years ago.
Jean Seberg was pretty beautiful. Hard role to fill
Jodie Foster was circling the material for years. She seems all wrong though and now is too old. Doubt it could get made on the big screen now but I could see a cable channel doing it.
I finally saw some of BREATHLESS on TCM. That performance is so modern. She's perfect in BONJOUR TRISTESSE. I love that one and such an underrated film.
Jodie Foster would have been an abysmal choice to play Jean Seberg. Seberg was vunerable, wispy, and very pretty. When I saw "Breathless" I was amazed at how beautiful she was (the pixie haircut emphasized her gorgeous face). Foster has always had a mannish vibe to her, a chunky build, and by no stretch of the imagination was she ever even remotely pretty. Nothing wrong with that. But her type would have been totally wrong for the role of Jean Seberg.
[quote]Why would she make a sandwich and then commit suicide?
She should've let the sammich do it for her.
The problem with a Montgomery Clift bio is the same as with Seberg - so downbeat. Early success followed by bad choices, wasted brilliance, substance abuse, and an early death.
It was Inger Stevens, not Jean Seberg who dated Burt Reynolds. Yes, they found a sandwich half made in the kitchen when they found Inger dying on the floor. And Yes, Burt probably did it.
Because Jean Seberg was a world class fuckup. She had incredible chances and threw them away. Probably these days she'd be diagnosed as bipolar or borderline. Anyway, she was a big-time loser with no one to blame for it but herself. Not exactly a dramatically compelling story.
LOVE Bonjour Tristesse.
[quote]The problem with a Montgomery Clift bio is the same as with Seberg - so downbeat.
As if the biopics on Marilyn, Judy, Jeanne Eagles, Frances Farmer, Piaf, and Edie Sedgwick were upbeat, life-affirming fare.
I think it would make a compelling story. I'd rather they went with an unknown.
Her beauty was so delicate, almost ethereal. I can't think of anyone who could play her convincingly.
When Breathless first came out, she and Belmondo were the sexiest people I had ever seen on a movie screen. I've seen it at least 10 times since then and haven't changed my mind.
One of my friends thought it might be the character Belmondo played, so we went to see the Gere version and laughed for weeks afterward.
I, too, love Bonjour Tristesse.
While I agree she had a sad life and it could be a very downbeat film, I've loved many films with sad themes.
She was outspoken about black rights at a time when upcoming Hollywood actresses didn't embrace such causes.
I bio I read about her said J. Edgar Hoover leaked info to Joyce Haber--then a powerful gossip columnist with the LA Times--stating, incorrectly, that she was pregnant with the head of the Black Panthers. Haber passed it along in the form of a thinly-veiled blind item.
The stress led to Seberg's late term miscarriage. A story, perhaps apocryphal, claimed she buried the baby in a glass coffin to prove the rumor a lie. In any case, people who saw the baby said it didn't appear to have had a black father.
Apparently, each year on the anniversary of the the baby's death, she attempted suicide. Eventually she died of a barbiturate overdose, found in her car days later, decomposing.
So, I wouldn't say her death was entirely her fault, as has been stated upthread.