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Also Known As: Catherine Fabienne Dorleac Died:
Born: October 22, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: actor, model, producer

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A paradigm of Gallic beauty, Catherine Deneuve's flawless features and chilly onscreen persona made her the art house muse of Europe's greatest directors and an unrelenting object of desire for men the world over. Though her talent was undisputed, it was often overshadowed by her extraordinary beauty. Any doubts that she was fated to be a star were dispelled once Jacques Demy cast her in his critically acclaimed feature film musical "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964). Three years later, the French actress became an international movie star after starring as a bored housewife who fulfills her sexual fantasies while working as an afternoon call girl in Luis Bunuel's classic, "Belle de Jour" (1967). Living a glamorous life filled with more than its share of drama and passion, the great beauty proved herself a great artist as well, particularly as she aged and played down that which had made her famous.

A paradigm of Gallic beauty, Catherine Deneuve's flawless features and chilly onscreen persona made her the art house muse of Europe's greatest directors and an unrelenting object of desire for men the world over. Though her talent was undisputed, it was often overshadowed by her extraordinary beauty. Any doubts that she was fated to be a star were dispelled once Jacques Demy cast her in his critically acclaimed feature film musical "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964). Three years later, the French actress became an international movie star after starring as a bored housewife who fulfills her sexual fantasies while working as an afternoon call girl in Luis Bunuel's classic, "Belle de Jour" (1967). Living a glamorous life filled with more than its share of drama and passion, the great beauty proved herself a great artist as well, particularly as she aged and played down that which had made her famous.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 God Loves Caviar (2012)
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 Big Picture, The (2012)
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 Potiche (2011)
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 Bancs publics (2011)
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 Cyprien (2009)
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 Hidden Diary (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

1956:
First film appearance (a bit part) in "Les Collegiennes" (billed as Catherine Dorleac)
1959:
Film acting debut in "Les Petits Chats" (billed as Catherine Dorleac)
1964:
Starred in Jacques Demy's award-winning musical "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg"
1965:
English language debut in Roman Polanski's "Repulsion"
1967:
Cast as a bored housewife who becomes a call girl in Luis Bunuel's "Belle de Jour"
1967:
Reteamed with Demy for the musical "Les Demoiselles of Rochefort/The Young Girls of Rochefort"; starred with her sister Francoise Dorleac, playing twin sisters
1969:
First Hollywood film, "The April Fools"
1969:
Played dual role in Francois Truffaut's "The Mississippi Mermaid"
1970:
Third film with Demy, "Peau d'anne/Donkey Skin"
1971:
First of five films with Marcello Mastroianni, "It Only Happens to Others"
1973:
Co-starred with Mastroianni in the Jacques Demy-directed "A Slightly Pregnant Man"
1975:
Starred in "Le Sauvage"; directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau
1975:
Returned to Hollywood to co-star opposite Burt Reynolds in "Hustle"
1980:
Reteamed with Truffaut for "The Last Metro"; first of six films with Gerard Depardieu
1982:
First of four films (to date) with Andre Techine, "Hotel des Ameriques"
1983:
Appeared opposite Susan Sarandon in the vampire-themed "The Hunger"
1985:
Profile chosen as the model for the symbol of the French Republic, "Marianne" (a statuette of which is displayed in every city and town hall in the country)
1988:
First film as producer (also actress), "Drole d'endroit pour une rencontre/A Strange Place to Meet"
1992:
Received Best Actress Oscar nomination for "Indochine"
1993:
Co-starred in Techine's "Ma saison preferee/My Favorite Season" (released in the USA in 1996)
1995:
Starred in Manoel de Oliveira's "The Convent"
1996:
Reteamed with Techine for "Les Voleurs/Thieves"
1998:
Earned praise for her performance as a jeweler's widow in "Place Vendome"
2000:
Appeared in award-winning drama "Dancer in the Dark" starring Bjork
2002:
Had featured role in comedy "8 Women"
2004:
Starred in Manoel de Oliveira's "Um Filme Falado/A Talking Picture"
2005:
Published her diary <i>A l'ombre de moi-meme/In My Shadow</i>; Deneuve writes about her experiences shooting the films "Indochine" and "Dancer in the Dark"
2007:
Voiced the mother in "Persepolis"; Marjane Satrapi's animated film based on the graphic novel of the same name
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Notes

She has her own line of beauty products, Deneuve perfumes

"When we speak of Deneuve, we don't speak of a myth, but of an ideal." --French actress Sandrine Bonnaire

"I like American movies. I would very much like to work with Woody Allen or Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme. And I'm sure there are others ... " --Catherine Deneuve quoted in The Boston Globe, September 27, 1998.

"I started out working so young. I was very much of a dreamer, then I went into active life. In between, I'm not sure I had those hopes [about romance]. I was quite successful very young. I think my hopes were always on my personal and private life, on love." --Deneuve to New York Post, August 17, 1998.

"The man I would like to be." --Gerard Depardieu about Deneuve.

"I'm not as sophisticated as people think. I live as I am. That's how it is. Even if not at my best, I won't hide myself and stay in. I'm human and I have my days on and my days off." --Catherine Deneuve in New York Post, April 18, 1996.

"To be a part of a film is what I love more than anything else. If you don't love acting, it would be the most embarrassing thing to do. If I stopped loving acting I would quit and think of something else to do." --Deneuve to New York Newsday, June 29, 1995.

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companion:
Roger Vadim. Director. Met in 1961.
husband:
David Bailey. Photographer, filmmaker. Married in 1965; separated in 1970; divorced in 1972; died February 11, 2000.
companion:
Francois Truffaut. Director.
companion:
Marcello Mastroianni. Actor. Together from 1971 to 1975.
companion:
Pierre Lescure. Businessman. Together c. 1984 to c. 1991.
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Family close complete family listing

mother:
Renee Dorleac. Actor.
father:
Maurice Dorleac. Actor.
sister:
Francoise Dorleac. Actor. Born in 1942; killed in 1967 in a car crash; appeared with Deneuve in several films, including "The Young Girls of Rochefort" (1967).
son:
Christian Vadim. Actor. Born on June 18, 1963; married in 1996.
daughter:
Chiara Mastroianni. Actor. Born on May 28, 1972, co-starred with her mother in the film "Ma Saison Preferee" (1993).
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