Simone Signoret

Most noted for her roles as the sensual but troubled "other woman," Signoret was certainly not anyone's victim in real life, where she was an active member of the French Resistance during the German Occupation of France in WWII. Her films include the bittersweet study of love, La Ronde (1950), Ship of Fools (1965), a scathing look at human nature under political pressure, and Madame Rosa (1977), where she plays an aging Jewish prostitute whose adoption of a young Arab boy calls into question her own fear of persecution.