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Yves Montand

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Birth Name: Yves Montand
Born: 10/13/1921
Birth Place: Italy
Death Place: France
Died: 11/09/1991

Although he was regarded as quintessentially French, Yves Montand was actually Italian. He was born on Oct. 13, 1921 in Monsummano Terme, Italy under the name Ivo Livi. Three years later, his Jewish family immigrated to France to flee the rising Right Wing influence in Italy, becoming French citizens in 1929. Montand attended school until age 11 in Marseilles, when he was put to work following the bankruptcy of his father's broom-making business. He held jobs in a hairdressing salon, a spaghetti factory, and on the waterfront, but really longed to be a performer. After working to overcome his stage fright, Montand made his debut in 1938 and was quickly a regular on the music hall scene. He ... Continue Bio >>

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