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Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve at Cannes in 2000.
Born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac
22 October 1943 (1943-10-22) (age 66)
Paris, France
Years active 1957–present
Spouse(s) David Bailey (1965–1972)

Catherine Deneuve (French IPA: [katʁin dəˈnƓv], born 22 October 1943) is a CĂ©sar Award winning French actress. She gained recognition for her portrayal of aloof, mysterious beauties for various directors, including Luis Buñuel and Roman Polanski.[1][2] Deneuve won two CĂ©sar Awards for her performances in Le Dernier MĂ©tro (1980) and Indochine (1992). She has also received BAFTA and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. In 2008, she appeared in her 100th film, Un conte de NoĂ«l.


Early life and film career

Deneuve was born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac in Paris, as the third of four daughters to French stage and screen actor Maurice Dorléac and actress Renée Deneuve.

Deneuve was 13 when she began her film career with a small role in Les Collégiennes (1956), subsequently working in several films including under director Roger Vadim. The film that brought her to stardom was Jacques Demy's 1964 musical Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, which led to additional prominent roles in Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965) and Luis Buñuel's Belle de Jour (1967). In the Polanski film, Deneuve first portrayed the character archetype for which she would be nicknamed the "ice maiden", an emotionally distant and mysterious woman; her work for Buñuel would be her most famous.[3][4] She also appeared in Jacques Demy's musical Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967), with her elder sister, Françoise Dorléac.

Deneuve remained active in European films during the 1960s and the 1970s, though she limited her appearances in American movies of the period to The April Fools (1969) and Hustle (1975). Her starring roles at the time were featured in such films as Tristana (1970, again with Buñuel) and A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973, opposite Marcello Mastrioanni). In the 1980s, Deneuve's films included François Truffaut's Le Dernier métro (1980, which garnered her the César Award for Best Actress) and Tony Scott's The Hunger (1983, as a bisexual vampire, co-starring with David Bowie and Susan Sarandon, a role which brought her a significant lesbian following).[5]

Catherine Deneuve in 1995.

In the early 1990s, Deneuve's more significant roles included 1992's Indochine (which garnered her a second César Award for Best Actress, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress); and André Téchiné's two movies, Ma saison préférée (1993) and Les Voleurs (1995). In 1994 she was Vice President on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival.[6] In 1996, Deneuve joined the documentary L'Univers de Jacques Demy, to show tribute to the director who made the film that brought her to fame. In 1998, she won acclaim and the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for her performance in Place VendÎme. In the late 1990s Deneuve continued to appear in a large number of films such as 1999's five films, Est-Ouest, Le temps retrouvé, Pola X, Belle-maman, and Le vent de la nuit.

In 2000, Deneuve's part in Lars von Trier's musical drama Dancer in the Dark alongside Icelandic singer Björk was subject to considerable critical scrutiny. The film was selected for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2002, she shared the Silver Bear Award for Best Ensemble Cast at the Berlin International Film Festival for her performance in 8 Women. In 2005, Deneuve published her diary A l'ombre de moi-meme ("In My Own Shadow", published in English as Close Up and Personal: The Private Diaries of Catherine Deneuve); in it she writes about her experiences shooting the films Indochine and Dancer in the Dark. In 2006, she headed the jury at the Venice Film Festival. Deneuve continues to work steadily making at least two or three films per year.

Career outside of film


Deneuve is considered designer Yves Saint Laurent's muse; he dressed her in the films Belle de Jour, La Chamade, La SirĂšne du Mississippi, Liza, and The Hunger.

Deneuve was the face of Chanel No. 5 in the 1970s and caused sales of the perfume to soar in the United States â€“ so much so that the American press, captivated by her charm, nominated her as the world's most elegant woman.[7]

Her image was used to represent Marianne, the national symbol of France, from 1985 to 1989.

In 1992, Deneuve became a model for Yves Saint Laurent's skincare line.

In 2001, she was chosen as the new face of L'Oréal Paris.

In 2006, Deneuve became the third inspiration for the M‱A‱C Beauty Icon series. Deneuve and Make-up Art Cosmetics closely collaborated on the colour collection that became available at M‱A‱C locations worldwide in February 2006.

In late 2007, Deneuve began appearing in the new Louis Vuitton luggage advertisements.


Deneuve introduced her own perfume, Deneuve, in 1986. She is also a designer of glasses, shoes, jewelry and greeting cards.


  • Deneuve was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Safeguarding of Film Heritage in 1994. On 12 November 2003, she resigned her position as Goodwill Ambassador at UNESCO to protest the nomination of French businessman Pierre Falcone as the Angola representative, which enables him to escape justice and investigation for illegal arms dealing.[8]
  • Douleur sans frontiers (Pain Without Borders) - At the end of 2003, Deneuve recorded a radio commercial to encourage donations to fight against the pain in the world, notably for the victims of landmines.[12]
  • Handicap International - In the middle of July 2005, Deneuve lent her voice to the message of radio commercials, TV and cinema, which denounced the use of the BASM (cluster bombs).[13][14]
  • Voix de femmes pour la dĂ©mocratie (Voice of women for democracy) - Deneuve read the text, "Le petit garçon," of Jean-Lou Dabadie, on the entitled CD, "Voix de femmes pour la dĂ©mocratie." The CD was sold for the benefit of the female victims of the war and the fundamentalisms that fight for democracy.[15]
  • Deneuve has also been involved with various charities in the fight against AIDS and cancer.[12]

Political involvement

  • In 1971, Deneuve signed the Manifesto of the 343 (Manifeste des 343 salopes, Manifest of the 343 bitches). The manifesto was an admission by its signers to have practiced illegal abortions, and therefore, exposed themselves to judicial actions and prison sentences.[16] It was published in Le Nouvel Observateur on 5 April 1971. That same year, feminist lawyer GisĂšle Halimi founded the group, Choisir (“To Choose”), to protect the women who had signed the Manifesto of the 343.
  • In 2001, Deneuve delivered a petition organized by the French-based group, "Together Against the death penalty," to the U.S. Embassy in Paris.[17]
  • In April 2007, Deneuve signed a petition on the internet protesting the "misogynous" treatment of socialist presidential candidate SĂ©golĂšne Royal. More than 8,000 French men and women signed the petition, including French actress Jeanne Moreau.[18]

Personal life

Deneuve has three sisters: the actress Françoise Dorléac (who died in a car crash on 26 June 1967), Sylvie Dorléac and Danielle Dorléac.[19]

Deneuve speaks fluent French, Italian, English and is semi-fluent in German.[20] Her hobbies and passions include gardening, drawing, photography, reading, music, cinema, fashion, antiques and decoration.[12]

Deneuve's only marriage was from 1965 to 1972 with photographer David Bailey. The couple divorced in 1972 but remained friends. She has had relationships with director Roger Vadim, director François Truffaut,[21] actor Marcello Mastroianni, and Canal+ tycoon Pierre Lescure.[19]

Deneuve has two children: actor Christian Vadim, from her relationship with Roger Vadim, and actress Chiara Mastroianni, from her relationship with Marcello Mastroianni.[19]


Year Film Role Notes
1957 Les Collégiennes N/A (The Twilight Girls)
Credited as Catherine/Sylvie Dorléac
1960 L'Homme Ă  femmes Catherine (Murder by Two)
Les portes claquent Dany (The Door Slams)
1962 Et satan conduit le bal Manuelle (And Satan Calls the Turns)
Les Parisiennes Sophie (Tales of Paris)
Segment: "Sophie"
Dossier 1413 N/A (Secret File 1413)
1963 Le vice et la vertu Justine Morand (Vice and Virtue)
Vacances portugaises Catherine (Portuguese Vacation)
1964 La Costanza della ragione Lori
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg GeneviĂšve Emery (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)
Les plus belles escroqueries du monde Swindler (The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers)
Segment: "L'homme qui vendit la Tour Eiffel"
La Chasse Ă  l'homme Denise (Male Hunt)
Un monsieur de compagnie Isabelle (Male Companion)
1965 Repulsion Carole Ledoux
Les Petits chats N/A (Wild Roots of Love)
Das Liebeskarussell Angela Claasen (The Daisy Chain)
La Chant du monde (Song of the World) Clara
1966 La Vie de chĂąteau Marie (A Matter of Resistance)
Les Créatures MylÚne (The Creatures)
1967 Les Demoiselles de Rochefort Delphine Garnier (The Young Girls of Rochefort)
Belle de jour SĂ©verine Serizy (Beauty of the Day)
1968 Benjamin Anne
La Chamade Lucile (Heartbeat)
Manon 70 Manon
Mayerling Maria Vetsera
1969 The April Fools Catherine Gunther
La SirĂšne du Mississippi Julie Roussel/Marion Vergano (Mississippi Mermaid)
Tout peut arriver (Don't Be Blue) Interviewee
1970 Tristana Tristana
Peau d'Âne La princesse/Peau d'ñne (Donkey Skin)
1971 Ca n'arrive qu'aux autres Catherine (It Only Happens to Others)
1972 Liza Liza
Un flic Cathy (A Cop)
1973 L'EvÚnement le plus important depuis que l'homme a marché sur la lune IrÚne de Fontenoy (A Slightly Pregnant Man)
1974 Don't Touch the White Woman! Marie-HĂ©lĂšne de Boismonfrais
Fatti di gente perbene Linda Murri (Drama of the Rich)
La Femme aux bottes rouges Françoise LeRoi (The Woman with Red Boots)
1975 Zig zig Marie
L'agression Sarah (Act of Aggression)
Le Sauvage Nelly (The Savage)
Hustle Nicole Britton
1976 Si c'Ă©tait Ă  refaire Catherine Berger (I Had to Do It All Over Again)
1977 Anima persa Sofia Stolz (Lost Soul)
March or Die Simone Picard
Casotto Donna del sogno (Beach House)
1978 L'Argent des autres CĂ©cile Rainier (Other People's Money)
1979 Ecoute voir... Claude Alphand (See Here My Love)
Ils sont grands, ces petits Louise Mouchin (When I Was a Kid, I Didn't Dare)
À nous deux Françoise (Us Two)
Courage fuyons Eva (Courage - Let's Run)
1980 The Last Metro Marion Steiner
Je vous aime Alice (I Love You All)
1981 Le Choix des armes Nicole Durieux (Choice of Arms)
HÎtel des Amériques HélÚne (Hotel of the Americas)
1982 Le Choc Claire (The Shock)
1983 L'Africain Charlotte (The African)
The Hunger Miriam Blaylock
1984 Le Bon plaisir Claire Després
Fort Saganne Louise
Paroles et musique Margaux (Love Songs)
1986 Speriamo che sia femmina Claudia (Let's Hope It's a Girl)
Le lieu du crime Lili Ravenel (Scene of the Crime)
1987 Agent trouble Amanda Weber
1988 Fréquence meurtre Jeanne Quester (Frequent Death)
DrĂŽle d'endroit pour une rencontre France (Strange Place for an Encounter)
1991 La Reine blanche Liliane Ripoche
1992 Indochine Eliane (Indochina)
1993 Ma saison préférée Emilie (My Favorite Season)
1994 La Partie d'Ă©checs Marquise (The Chess Game)
1995 Les Cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma La star-fantasme (A Hundred and One Nights)
O Convento HĂ©lĂšne (The Convent)
1996 Les Voleurs Marie Leblanc (The Thieves)
Court toujours: L'inconnu Marianne TV movie
1997 Généalogies d'un crime Jeanne/Solange (Genealogies of a Crime)
Sans titre N/A
1998 Place VendĂŽme Marianne Malivert
1999 Le Vent de la nuit HĂ©lĂšne (The Wind of the Night)
Belle maman LĂ©a (Beautiful Mother)
Pola X Marie
Time Regained Odette de Crecy
Est-Ouest Gabrielle Develay (East-West)
2000 Dancer In The Dark Kathy
2001 Je rentre Ă  la maison Marguerite (I'm Going Home)
Absolument fabuleux Une spectatrice du défilé (Absolutely Fabulous)
The Musketeer The Queen
Le Petit poucet La reine (Tom Thumb)
2002 8 femmes Gaby (8 Women)
Au plus prĂšs du paradis Fanette (Nearest to Heaven)
2003 Les Liaisons dangereuses Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil (The Dangerous Liaisons)
TV mini-series
Um Filme Falado Delfina (A Talking Picture)
2004 Princesse Marie Marie Bonaparte TV movie
Rois et reine Mme Vasset (Kings and Queen)
Les Temps qui changent CĂ©cile (Changing Times)
2005 Palais royal! Eugénia
2006 Le Concile de Pierre Sybille Weber (The Stone Council)
Nip/Tuck Diana Lubey TV series
(One episode, first run 11/21/06)
Le HĂ©ros de la famille Alice Mirmont (The Family Hero)
2007 AprĂšs lui Camille (After Him)
Persepolis Mrs. Satrapi, Marjane's mother Voice
FrĂŒhstĂŒck mit einer Unbekannten Elegante Dame TV movie
(Suddenly Gina)
2008 Un conte de Noël Junon (A Christmas Tale)
Je veux voir Herself (I Want to See)
Mes stars et moi Solange Duvivier (My Stars)
2009 La fille du RER Louise
Cyprien Vivianne Wagner
Bancs publics (Versailles rive droite) La cliente armoire


  • Souviens Toi De M'oublier (1981)[22]

Awards and nominations

CĂ©sar Awards

Year Award Film Result
1981 Best Actress Le dernier métro Won
1993 Indochine
Year Award Film Result
1976 Best Actress Le Sauvage Nominated
1982 HÎtel des Amériques
1988 Agent Trouble
1989 DrĂŽle d'endroit pour une rencontre
1994 Ma saison préférée
1997 Les Voleurs
1999 Place VendĂŽme
2006 Best Supporting Actress Palais Royal!

Academy Awards

Year Award Film Result
1993 Best Actress Indochine Nominated

BAFTA Awards

Year Award Film Result
1967 Best Actress Belle de jour Nominated

Other Awards

Year Group Award Film Result
1981 David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actress Le Dernier métro Won
1993 Women in Film Crystal Awards International Award N/A
1995 San SebastiĂĄn International Film Festival Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award N/A
1997 Moscow International Film Festival Silver St. George Contribution to World Cinema
1998 Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup, Best Actress Place VendĂŽme
2000 Art Film Festival Actor’s Mission Award N/A
2002 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Berlin Bear 8 Women, shared with ensemble cast
2002 European Film Awards Best Actress 8 Women, shared with ensemble cast
2005 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or d'honneur N/A
2006 Bangkok International Film Festival Golden Kinnaree Career Achievement Award N/A
2006 Istanbul International Film Festival Cinema Honarary Award N/A
2008 Cannes Film Festival Prix spécial du jury du 61 Festival de Cannes Special Jury award with Clint Eastwood

See also


  1. ^ Catherine Deneuve Biography
  2. ^ Catherine Deneuve Biography Britannica Concise Encyclopedia: Catherine Deneuve. Retrieved on 2008-11-25.
  3. ^ Block, Maxine; Anna Herthe Rothe, Marjorie Dent Candee, Charles Moritz (1978). Current Biography Yearbook. H.W. Wilson Co.. p. 98. ISBN 9997377028. "Catherine Deneuve has also...been called the "ice maiden" because of the aloof and enigmatic personality she has glacially portrayed in such classic art films as Polanski's Repulsion...." 
  4. ^ Jones, Alice (2007-03-07). "Catherine the great: Deneuve's five finest roles". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-09-10. "The first and most chilling of Deneuve's classic ice-maiden roles." "Deneuve's best-known role." 
  5. ^ Sweet, Matthew (2002-11-29). "My lips are sealed...In her new film, 8 Women, the French icon Catherine Deneuve shares a kiss with her co-star Fanny Ardant. It's not her favourite part of the movie, she tells MATTHEW SWEET". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-09-10. "she cackles with delight when I ask her if the scene has pleased her army of lesbian fans.... She acquired this following Tony Scott's vampire flick "The Hunger" (1983), in which she played a fanged seductress...who took her sweet time getting to Susan Sarandon's jugular...." 
  6. ^ 2003 Cannes Film Festival 1994
  7. ^ Chanel ad campaign, USA 1975
  8. ^ 2003 Catherine Deneuve resigns from UNESCO
  9. ^ (French) Politique
  10. ^ Alexander, Hilary (2007-08-02). "Environmental fashion". Daily Telegraph. 
  11. ^ Why we take so much interest in Cuba, by Reporters Without Borders
  12. ^ a b c Catherine Deneuve Bio
  13. ^ Press Release ATS GenĂšve (SWITZERLAND) 9 November 2005
  15. ^ Voix de femmes pour la démocratie
  16. ^ Text of the Manifesto of the 343 with list of signatories, on the Nouvel Observateur's website (French)
  17. ^ Coomarasamy, James (2001-05-14). "French horrified by execution". BBC NEWS. 
  18. ^ "Thousands sign petition against "misogynous" treatment of Royal". Europe News on Monsters and Critics (Deutsche Presse-Agentur). 12 April 2007. 
  19. ^ a b c Catherine Deneuve at Yahoo! Movies
  20. ^ Catherine Deneuve Biography
  21. ^ Francois Truffaut at Yahoo! Movies
  22. ^ Catherine Deneuve - Souviens-Toi De M'Oublier (CD) at Discogs Retrieved on 2009-04-12.

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