- NAME: Catherine Deneuve
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Television Actress
- BIRTH DATE: October 22, 1943 (Age: 70)
- Did You Know?: In the 1980s, Catherine Deneuve was the real-life model for Marianne, the symbol that represents France's republic.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Paris, France
- Originally: Catherine Dorléac
- Full Name: Catherine Deneuve
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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French actress Catherine Deneuve's film career spans decades. The movies she has starred in include Repulsion (1965), Belle du Jour (1967) and Indochine (1992).
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Actress Catherine Deneuve was born on October 22, 1943, in Paris, France. In the 1960s, she became a star with her appearance in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg; she has worked steadily ever since. Her films include musicals, comedies, dramas and even a vampire flick. Deneuve has received two César awards from the French Academy of Cinema and was nominated for an Academy Award for Indochine (1992).
"I have never accepted conventions very much. You see, I have always followed the path I wanted to. I've always done just about what I wanted. I left home when I felt like it, I got married when I felt like it, and I had kids when I felt like it."
"I don't want to grow older than I am, but I don't want to try to be very resistant to reality either."
"The love of technology is bigger than characterization these days. I'm not sure that's what I like but the public certainly seems to."
"I remember when you were a young actor you would ask the day after a film opened: 'How were the reviews?' But today people only ask: 'How much did the film make?' It's quite sad."
"I certainly don't consider myself as cold, though. I can see that my face might give that impression. If I am reserved at times, it's because I am shy."
Catherine Deneuve was born Catherine Dorléac on October 22, 1943, in Paris, France. The daughter of two actors, she chose to enter the same profession. Adopting her mother's last name, Deneuve made her film debut at age 13, in Les Collégiennes (The Twilight Girls).
Though Deneuve was cast in other films during the 1950s and 1960s, her break-out performance came in the musical Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1964; The Umbrellas of Cherbourg). Playing a young girl in love highlighted Deneuve's classic beauty; her next defining role showed another side of the actress. In the thriller Repulsion (1965), directed by Roman Polanski, Deneuve portrayed a troubled virgin who becomes a killer.
Appearing as a frigid housewife turned prostitute in 1967's Belle du Jour, directed by Luis Buñuel, was another star turn for Deneuve. With her success came opportunities to be in a range of films: she acted in comedies and a fairy-tale adaptation as well as in darker roles. Though Deneuve mainly focused on French productions and co-productions, she has appeared in several American films, including The April Fools (1969) and the cult vampire film The Hunger (1983).
Outside of movies, Deneuve became the face of Chanel perfume during the 1970s. For part of the 1980s, she was the real-life model for Marianne—the symbolic embodiment of the French Republic—which meant that her image was used on coins and stamps. She has also worked in television, including a guest appearance on the TV series Nip/Tuck in 2006.
Other projects aside, Deneuve remains a film actress at heart. She has made more than 100 movies, and growing older has not slowed her career. As she had admired Breaking the Waves (1996), Deneuve asked to work with director Lars von Trier, which led to her role in Dancer in the Dark (2000). She has also appeared in 8 Femmes (2002; 8 Women), Potiche (2010) and Les Bien-Aimés (2011; Beloved).
In 1981, Deneuve received a César award (France's equivalent to an Academy Award) for her work in Le Dernier Métro (The Last Metro). She was awarded her second César for her performance in Indochine (1992); she also received an Academy Award nomination for that film. Deneuve was selected by the European Film Academy to receive a lifetime achievement award in December 2013.
Along with her parents, Deneuve's sister, Françoise Dorléac, was also an actress.
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