Moreau was one of those actresses using her off-screen experience to enrich her on-screen roles. She was professional and devoted her acting, no difficult scenes ever discouraged her. As Truffaut once wrote: “Générosité, ardeur, complicité, compréhension de la fragilité humaine, tout cela peut se lire sur l’écran quand Jeanne Moreau joue.”*

Jeanne Moreau: A Woman of Character

I've been enamored with French New Wave cinema since college. Behind the cameras, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Vardas, etc. translated everyday- life into vignettes laced with spontaneous emotions. On screen, dazzling actresses such as Brigitte Bardot, Anna Karina, Catherine Deneuve, etc. played leading female characters of beauty, intelligence and complicated emotional interior. But there was one that stood out…

In her childhood, Rubin’s father helped her make her first telescope and supported her habit of watching meteor showers. Using a cardboard tube, she made her own kaleidoscope. Out of her bedroom window, Vera would be fascinated by what she saw in the sky.

Vera Rubin: The Astronomer Who Discovered Dark Matter

In the 60s, women were not meant to be scientists but homemakers. Vera Rubin got married at age 19 to a physicist, Robert Rubin. They moved  from upstate New York to Philadelphia. Rubin had given up a place in Harvard to start a family as a wife and mother to eventually four children. In her…

Clare Hollingworth commandeered a car from a British consulate without authority’s consent, and drove into Germany via Poland.

Clare Hollingworth: The Relentless Foreign Correspond

In her 105 years of life, Clare Hollingworth had remained fiercely curious for as long as she could and resented the idea of ever retiring. At the age of 80, she had climbed a lamppost just to get a better look at the crackdown of Tiananmen Square. When well into her 80s, she still preferred to…