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Biography

b. Catherine Fabienne Dorléac

The daughter of French stage and film actor Maurice Dorléac, Deneuve was born in Paris on October 22, 1943. She made her screen debut at the age of 13, with a role in the 1956 film Les Collegiennes, and went on to make a string of films with directors such as Roger Vadim (with whom she had a child) before getting her breakthrough role in Jacques Demy's charming musical, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg).

The burst of stardom that accompanied her portrayal led to two of her archetypal ice maiden roles, first in Roman Polanski's terrifying Repulsion in 1965 and then in Buñuel's 1967 Belle de Jour. Deneuve's startling portrayal of an icy, sexually adventurous housewife in the latter film helped to establish her as one of the most remarkable and compelling actresses of her generation. She further demonstrated her talent that year in Demy's Umbrellas musical follow-up, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, which she starred in with her sister, Françoise Dorléac.

Deneuve continued to work steadily through the 1960s and 1970s in films such as the 1970 Tristana (her second collaboration with Buñuel) and A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973), in which she starred with her lover at the time, Marcello Mastrioanni (who would father her daughter, the actress Chiara Mastrioanni).

Despite or perhaps because of her stardom, Deneuve chose to avoid Hollywood, limiting her appearances in American films to The April Fools (1969) and Hustle (1975). Tellingly, her most significant American screen work of that period was probably the series of commercials she did for Chanel perfume in the mid-'70s, which led to the creation of her own perfume a decade later. Deneuve also did prolific work through the 1980s, appearing in such films as François Truffaut's Le Dernier Métro (1980) and Tony Scott's The Hunger (1983). The latter film saw Deneuve playing a bisexual vampire alongside David Bowie and Susan Sarandon, and her performance won her an indelible cult status in the States among lesbians, goths, and artistically inclined teenage boys.

In the 1990s, Deneuve garnered further international acclaim for her roles in several films, including the 1992 film Indochine (for which she won a French Academy Award and a Best Actress Oscar nomination) and two films directed by André Téchiné in which she played Daniel Auteuil's sister, Ma Saison Préférée (1993) and Les Voleurs (1995). In 1996, she paid homage to the director who had first given her fame by taking part in the documentary L'Univers de Jacques Demy. Closing out the final years of the 1990's Deneuve remained consistantly working in numerous films (in 1999 alone she appeared in no less than six, including director Leos Carax's controversial Pola X) and continuing to turn in compelling performances.

In 2000 Deneuve received much critical attention when cast alongside eccentric Icelandic singer Bjork in the Lars von Trier's melancholy musical Dancer in the Dark. Though it polarized critics and audiences alike, Dancer nevertheless won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival and continued von Trier's tradition of creating difficult and challanging films that, like them or not, always seem to provoke a strong response.

She shared the Silver Bear Award for Best Ensemble Cast at the Berlin International Film Festival for her performance in 8 Women (2002).

These days (2006) she spends much of her time gardening at her country house in Normandy. Her life is split between her apartment on the Left Bank in Paris, and Normandy. Her children, Christian, who is 42, and Chiara, 35, are both married and in the film industry.

She recently published a book, a diary called Close Up and Personal, which received mixed reviews.

In April 2007, she signed a petition on the internet protesting against the "misogynous" treatment of socialist presidential candidate Ségolène Royal.

She speaks fluent French, Italian, English and is semi-fluent in German.

Her 70th birthday in October 2013 was greeted with accolades. She remains one of the most alluring of actresses ever to grace the big screen.

Quote:-
"People who know me know I'm strong, but I'm vulnerable."

Key Dates

1943:
Born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac on 22 October in Paris, France, the third of four daughters

1963:
Birth of son, Christian Vadim, from her relationship with Roger Vadim

1964:
Breakthrough into film with her role in the classic musical Les Parapluies de Cherbourg

1965:
Appears in Roman Polanski's Repulsion. Marries the photographer David Bailey

1967:
Appears in Luis Buñuel's Belle de jour. Death in road accident of her elder sister, the actress Françoise Dorléac

1969:
Appears in Truffaut's La Sirène du Mississipi

1972:
Divorces David Bailey. Birth of daughter, Chiara Mastroianni, from her relationship with Marcello Mastroianni

1980:
Appears in Truffaut's Le Dernier métro

1992:
First Oscar nomination for her role in Indochine

Filmography

As of 2014 she has appeared in or her voice has been used in over 100 films or TV programmes.

  • Three Hearts (2014)
  • L'homme que l'on aimait trop (2013)
  • Dans la cour
  • On My Way (2013)
  • Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia (2012)
  • As Linhas de Torres Vedras (TV Mini-Series) (2012)
  • God Loves Caviar (2012)
  • Lines of Wellington (2012)
  • Beloved (2011)
  • Les yeux de sa mère (2011)
  • Potiche (2010)
  • The Big Picture (2010)
  • Hidden Diary (2009)
  • Park Benches (2009)
  • The Girl on the Train (2009)
  • Cyprien (2009)
  • My Stars (2008)
  • I Want to See (2008)
  • A Christmas Tale (2008)
  • Suddenly Gina (TV Movie) (2007)
  • Persepolis (2007) (voice)
  • Après lui (2007)
  • Family Hero (2006)
  • Nip/Tuck (TV Series) (2006)
  • The Stone Council (2006)

  • Palais royal! (2005)

  • Emprise, L' (2004)
  • Rois et reine (2004)
  • Princesse Marie (2004) (TV)
  • Um Filme Falado (2003)
  • "Liaisons dangereuses, Les" (2003) (mini) TV Series
  • Au plus près du paradis (2002)
  • 8 femmes (2002)
  • Petit poucet, Le (2001)
  • Musketeer, The (2001)
  • Absolument fabuleux (2001)
  • Je rentre à la maison (2001)
  • Dancer in the Dark (2000)

  • Est - Ouest (1999)
  • Temps retrouvé, Le (1999)
  • Pola X (1999)
  • Belle maman (1999)
  • Vent de la nuit, Le (1999)
  • Place Vendôme (1998)
  • Sans titre (1997)
  • Généalogies d'un crime (1997)
  • Court toujours: L'inconnu (1996) (TV)
  • Voleurs, Les (1996)
  • Convento, O (1995)
  • Cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma, Les (1995)
  • Partie d'échecs, La (1994)
  • Ma saison préférée (1993)
  • Indochine (1992)
  • Reine blanche, La (1991)

  • Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre (1988)
  • Fréquence meurtre (1988)
  • Agent trouble (1987)
  • Lieu du crime, Le (1986)
  • Paroles et musique (1984)
  • Fort Saganne (1984)
  • Bon plaisir, Le (1984)
  • Hunger, The (1983)
  • Africain, L' (1983)
  • Choc, Le (1982)
  • Hôtel des Amériques (1981)
  • Choix des armes, Le (1981)
  • Je vous aime (1980)
  • Dernier métro, Le (1980)

  • Courage fuyons (1979)
  • À nous deux (1979)
  • Ils sont grands, ces petits (1979)
  • Écoute voir... (1979)
  • Argent des autres, L' (1978)
  • Casotto (1977)
  • March or Die (1977)
  • Anima persa (1977)
  • Si c'était à refaire (1976)
  • Hustle (1975)
  • Sauvage, Le (1975)
  • Agression, L' (1975)
  • Zig zig (1975)
  • Fatti di gente per bene (1974)
  • Femme aux bottes rouges, La (1974)
  • Touche pas à la femme blanche (1974)
  • Événement le plus important depuis que l'homme a marché sur la lune, L' (1973)
  • Un flic (1972)
  • Liza (1972)
  • Ça n'arrive qu'aux autres (1971)
  • Peau d'âne (1970)
  • Tristana (1970)

  • Tout peut arriver (1969)
  • Sirène du Mississipi, La (1969)
  • April Fools, The (1969)
  • Chamade, La (1968)
  • Mayerling (1968)
  • Manon 70 (1968)
  • Benjamin (1968)
  • Belle de jour (1967)
  • Demoiselles de Rochefort, Les (1967)
  • Créatures, Les (1966)
  • Vie de château, La (1966)
  • Un monsieur de compagnie (1965)
  • Chant du monde, Le (1965)
  • Liebeskarussell, Das (1965)
  • Repulsion (1965)
  • Petits chats, Les (1965)
  • Costanza della ragione, La (1964)
  • Chasse à l'homme, La (1964)
  • Plus belles escroqueries du monde, Les (1964)
  • Parapluies de Cherbourg, Les (1964)
  • Vacances portugaises (1963)
  • Vice et la vertu, La (1963)
  • Et satan conduit le bal (1962)
  • Dossier 1413 (1962) .... Unconfirmed
  • Parisiennes, Les (1962)
  • Homme à femmes, L' (1960)
  • Portes claquent, Les (1960)

  • Collégiennes, Les (1957) (as Catherine Dorléac)
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