One of French cinema’s biggest stars was found dead at her home in Paris, the district's mayor told AFP.
The film star was best known for her role in Francois Truffaut's 1962 film Jules et Jim, in which she played the free-spirited Catherine.
Jeanne won a number of wards including the Cannes Film Festival Award for best actress for Seven Days… Seven Nights, a BAFTA for best foreign actress for Viva Maria! and a César Award for The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea.
More recently, she was presented with the BAFTA Fellowship gong back in 1996, after first making her theatrical debut in the late 40s.
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Her other notable big screen appearances include La Notte, Diary of a Chambermaid and Mademoiselle.
Jeanne continued working into her 80s and just five years ago played Frida in Une estonienne à Paris and Candidinha in Gebo et l'Ombre.
French president Emmanuel Macron paid tribute online, saying she was a free spirit who "always rebelled against the established order”.
Jeanne Moreau appeared in a long list of films including Viva Maria
Jeanne Moreau was reportedly found dead at her home in Paris
Speaking 28 years ago, Jeanne told The New York Times: “I work more now because at this time of my life I am not disturbed from my aim by outside pressures such as family, passionate relationships, dealing with who am I – those complications when one is searching for one's self.
“I have no doubt who I am."
She was feminist icon for many and once declared publicly: "Physical beauty is a disgrace."