Catherine Deneuve biography
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).
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).
Life as a Star
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).
Awards and Honors
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.
The two played sisters onscreen in the popular movie Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (The Young Girls of Rochefort). Sadly, Dorléac died in a car accident in 1967, the same year the film was released.
Deneuve had a relationship with director Roger Vadim, who directed some of her early films, and was married to photographer David Bailey. She has also been involved with actor Marcello Mastroianni, director François Truffaut and tycoon Pierre Lescure. Deneuve has two children: Christian Vadim and Chiara Mastroianni, who are also both actors.