Simone Signoret

Signoret on a Belgian stamp c. 2003 of the poster of the film ”Le Chat”, 1971, based on the work of Georges Simenon, photo by Neftali/

Birth Name: Simone Henriette Charlotte Kaminker

Date of Birth: 25 March, 1921

Place of Birth: Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany

Date of Death: 30 September, 1985

Place of Death: Auteuil-Anthouillet, France

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*French (mother)

Simone Signoret was a French actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Room at the Top (1959).

Simone was the daughter of Georgette (Signoret) and André Kaminker. Her father was born in Saint-Gratien, France, to a Jewish family (of Polish Jewish, Slovak Jewish, and Hungarian Jewish descent). Her mother was a French Catholic.

Simone had a daughter, actress Catherine Allégret, with her former husband, French film director Yves Allégret. Simone was married to Italian-born actor and singer Yves Montand, until her death.

Simone’s paternal grandfather was Henryk/Heinrich/Henry Kaminker (the son of Jacob Kaminker and Mina Breunig). Henryk was born in Krakow, Poland.

Simon’s paternal grandmother was Ernestine Hirschler (the daughter of Hermann Hirschler and Sophie Goldberger de Buda). Ernestine was born in Vienna, Austria, to a Slovak-born father, from Pozsony, and a Hungarian-born mother, from Budapest. Hermann was the son of Markus Löb Hirschler and Rosalie Ullmann Tedesco/Tedesko, from Bratislava. Sophie was the daughter of Samuel Franz Goldberger de Buda and Elisabeth Adler, from Lovasberény. The Tedesco line may have an Italian Jewish origin.

Simone’s maternal grandfather was named Louis Eugène Charles Signoret. Louis was born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

Simone’s maternal grandmother was named Léonie Célestine Dubois. Léonie was born Valenciennes, Nord, Hauts-de-France.

Sources: Genealogy of Simone Signoret (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Simone Signoret (focusing on her mother’s side) –

2 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Simone’s great-great-grandmother was Rosalie Ullmann Tedesco.

    Does “Tedesco” indicate Italian Jewish ancestry? It means “German” in Italian, and can be Italian Jewish.

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