François Truffaut

Date of Birth: 6 February, 1932

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Death: 21 October, 1984

Place of Death: Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France

*Sephardi Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish (biological father)
*French (mother)

François Truffaut was a French film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film critic. He was one of the founders of the Nouvelle Vague (French New Wave).

François’s mother, Janine/Jeannine de Monferrand, married Roland Truffaut after François’s birth. Roland accepted him as an adopted son and gave him his surname. The identity of François’s biological father was unknown to François for much of his life. In 1968, a private detective agency looked into the matter and determined that François’s biological father was a man named Roland Lévy, a Jewish dentist from Bayonne, France, who was of Sephardi Jewish and Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

François had a daughter with his partner, actress Fanny Ardant, and two children with his former wife, Madeleine Morgenstern.

François’s biological paternal grandparents were Gaston Hyppolyte Jacob Lévy (the son of Brutus David Lévy and Judith Zélie Lévy) and Berthe Kahn. Brutus was the son of Joseph Mardoché Lévy and Judith Aimée Dacosta. François’s great-grandmother Judith Lévy was the daughter of Hypolite Jacob Lévy and Rebecca Lopes Silva.

François’s maternal grandfather was Jean Marie Albert de Monferrand (the son of Louis Jean Albert de Monferrand and Jeanne Marie Escallier). Louis was the son of Félix Léonce de Monferrand and Laure Saint-Pol. François’s great-grandmother Jeanne was the daughter of Eugène Alexis Escallier and Félicité Léonie Degalle.

François’s maternal grandmother was Geneviève Denise Marguerite Anne Jeanne Saint Martin.

Sources: Genealogy of François Truffaut –

Genealogy of François Truffaut (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Obituary of François Truffaut –

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