Moreau's performance at Catherine in Francois Truffaut's "Jules et Jim" ravished my heart when I saw the film as a young man. The New Wave classic defined a carefree, artistic philosophy of life to which I aspired.
As her obituary in the Guardian reports, Moreau fashioned a brilliant career as a theater and film actress. She also directed two films.
Seen as the essence of French culture, she was part English thanks to her mother, a Folies Bergere dancer. Celebrating her French identity, Moreau also saw her English heritage as essential to her personality.
Then the Internet filled with the announcement of Sam Shepard's death. The major playwright and actor was another theatrical/film giant seen by my generation as a symbol of sexuality, passion and artistic originality. As with Moreau, he was taken away by time.
The work of Moreau and Shepard challenges our age's anti-intellectual and anti-artistic advances. Moreau's films and Shepard's plays and films will endure, affirming art for future generations.