Catherine Deneuve

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Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve Cabourg 2013.jpg
Deneuve at the Cabourg Film Festival, 2013
BornCatherine Fabienne Dorléac
(1943-10-22) 22 October 1943 (age 71)
Paris, France
OccupationActress, film producer
Years active1957–present
Spouse(s)David Bailey (1965–72)
Partner(s)Roger Vadim (1961–63)
Marcello Mastroianni (1970s–75)
ChildrenChristian Vadim
Chiara Mastroianni
ParentsMaurice Dorléac
Renée Simonot
RelativesFrançoise Dorléac (sister)
Sylvie Dorléac (sister)
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Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve Cabourg 2013.jpg
Deneuve at the Cabourg Film Festival, 2013
BornCatherine Fabienne Dorléac
(1943-10-22) 22 October 1943 (age 71)
Paris, France
OccupationActress, film producer
Years active1957–present
Spouse(s)David Bailey (1965–72)
Partner(s)Roger Vadim (1961–63)
Marcello Mastroianni (1970s–75)
ChildrenChristian Vadim
Chiara Mastroianni
ParentsMaurice Dorléac
Renée Simonot
RelativesFrançoise Dorléac (sister)
Sylvie Dorléac (sister)

Catherine Deneuve (French: [katʁin dənœv]; born 22 October 1943) is a French actress who gained recognition for her portrayal of aloof, mysterious beauties for various directors, including Luis Buñuel and Roman Polanski.[1][2] She is a twelve-time César Award nominee.

Deneuve first came to prominence in Jacques Demy's 1964 film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, before going on to star for Polanski in Repulsion (1965) and for Buñuel in Belle de Jour (1967) and Tristana (1970) She has won two César Awards for Best Actress for her performances in François Truffaut's Le Dernier Métro (1980) and Régis Wargnier's Indochine (1992). She also received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for Indochine and a Best Actress BAFTA Award nomination for Belle de Jour. Her other films include The Hunger (1983), Place Vendôme (1998), Dancer in the Dark (2000) and 8 Women (2002). In 2008, she appeared in her 100th film, Un conte de Noël.

Early life[edit]

Deneuve was born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac in Paris, France to French stage and screen actor Maurice Dorléac and actress Renée Simonot. Deneuve has two sisters, Françoise Dorléac (an actress, who died in a car crash in 1967, aged 25) and Sylvie Dorléac (born 1946),[3] and a maternal half-sister, Danielle b. 1937, from her mother's previous relationship with actor Aimé Clariond. Deneuve was her mother's maiden name, which she chose for her stage name, unlike her sister. Deneuve attended Catholic schools.[4]

Film career[edit]

Deneuve in 1968

Deneuve was thirteen when she began her film career with a small role in André Hunebelle's Les Collégiennes (1957) with her younger sister Sylvie Dorléac, who acted in a few films casually as a child.[5] Deneuve was credited as Catherine Dorléac but subsequently used her mother's maiden name as her stage name in order to differentiate herself from her sisters.

After seeing Deneuve in L'Homme à femmes (1960), Jacques Demy cast her in his 1964 musical Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, the film that brought her to stardom.[5] Deneuve first portrayed the cold but erotic persona, for which she would be nicknamed the "ice maiden", in Roman Polanski's suspense classic Repulsion (1965), reinforcing it in Luis Buñuel's Belle de Jour (1967), and reaching a peak in Tristana (1970).[6] Her work for Buñuel would be her most famous.[7][8]

Further prominent films from this early time in her career included Jean-Paul Rappeneau's A Matter of Resistance (1966), and Demy's musical Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967). Deneuve remained active in European films during the 1960s and 1970s, though she limited her appearances in American movies of the period to The April Fools (1969), a romantic comedy with Jack Lemmon, and Hustle (1975), a crime drama with Burt Reynolds. Her starring roles at the time were featured in such films as Ça n'arrive qu'aux autres (1972) with Marcello Mastroianni and Le Sauvage (1975) with Yves Montand.

In the 1980s, Deneuve's films included François Truffaut's Le Dernier métro (1980), for which she won 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.[9] She made her debut film as a producer in 1988, Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre.

In the early 1990s, Deneuve's more significant roles included 1992's Indochine opposite Vincent Perez, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and won a second César Award for Best Actress; and André Téchiné's two movies, Ma saison préférée (1993) and Les Voleurs (1996). In 1997, Deneuve was the protagonist in the music video for the song N'Oubliez Jamais sung by Joe Cocker. In 1998 she won acclaim and the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for her performance in Place Vendôme. 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.

Deneuve in 1995

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. She made another foray into Hollywood the following year, starring in The Musketeer (2001) for Peter Hyams. 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. She also provided the voice role of Marjane Satrapi's mother in Satrapi's animated autobiographical film Persepolis (2007), based on the graphic novel of the same name.

Deneuve's more recent work includes Potiche (2010) and Les Bien-aimés (2011), in which she acts alongside her real-life daughter Chiara Mastroianni. During an interview at the Cannes Film Festival with Ali Naderzad, Deneuve was asked which was her own favorite film. "I still say it was The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. To do a film completely with music like an opera was an incredible experience. But to work with music all the time, it's such a lift, you know? It's an opera, it's very different."[10] Deneuve continues to work steadily making at least two or three films per year.

Career outside of film[edit]


Deneuve in 1999

Deneuve appeared nude in two Playboy pictorials in 1963 and 1965.[11] Her image was used to represent Marianne, the national symbol of France, from 1985 to 1989. As the face of Chanel No. 5 in the late 1970s, she caused sales of the perfume to soar in the United States – so much so that the American press, captivated by her charm, nominated her as the world's most elegant woman.[12] In 1983, American Home Products retained her to represent their cosmetics line and hired world-renowned photographer Richard Avedon to promote its line of Youth Garde cosmetics, for which she famously proclaimed, "Look closely. Next year I will be 40."

She is considered the muse of designer Yves Saint Laurent; he dressed her in the films Belle de Jour, La Chamade, La sirène du Mississipi, Un flic, Liza, and The Hunger. In 1992, she became a model for his 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 and collaborated on the colour collection that became available at M•A•C locations worldwide in February that year. Deneuve began appearing in the new Louis Vuitton luggage advertisements in 2007. Deneuve was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by the Guardian in March 2013.[13]


Deneuve introduced her own perfume, Deneuve, in 1986.[14] She is also a designer of glasses, shoes, jewelery, and greeting cards.[citation needed]


Political involvement[edit]

Deneuve at the 2011 César Awards.

Personal life[edit]

Deneuve speaks fluent French, Italian, English and is semi-fluent in German. Her hobbies and passions include gardening, drawing, photography, reading, music, cinema, fashion, antiques and decoration.[16]

Deneuve has been married only once,[19] to photographer David Bailey from 1965 to 1972.[3] She has had relationships with director Roger Vadim,[20] actor Marcello Mastroianni,[3] and Canal+ tycoon Pierre Lescure.[3]

Deneuve has two children: actor Christian Vadim, from her relationship with Roger Vadim, and actress Chiara Mastroianni, from her relationship with Marcello Mastroianni.[3]


1957Les collégiennesUne grandeAndré Hunebelle
1960L'homme à femmesCatherineJacques-Gérard Cornu
Les portes claquentDanyMichel Fermaud
Jacques Poitrenaud
1962Les ParisiennesSophieMarc Allégret
Ça c'est la vieClaude ChoublierShort film
Et Satan conduit le balManuelleGrisha Dabat
1963Vice and VirtueJustine MorandRoger Vadim
Vacances portugaisesCatherinePierre Kast
1964The Umbrellas of CherbourgGeneviève EmeryJacques Demy
Les plus belles escroqueries du mondeSwindlerClaude Chabrol
La Chasse à l'hommeDeniseÉdouard Molinaro
Male CompanionIsabellePhilippe de Broca
La costanza della ragioneLoriPasquale Festa Campanile
1965Les petits chatsJacques R. Villa
RepulsionCarolRoman PolanskiNominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (3rd place)
Who Wants to Sleep?Angela ClaasenRolf Thiele
Axel von Ambesser
Alfred Weidenmann
Le Chant du mondeClaraMarcel Camus
1966A Matter of ResistanceMarieJean-Paul Rappeneau
Les Créatures (fr)MylèneAgnès Varda
1967The Young Girls of RochefortDelphine GarnierJacques Demy
Belle de JourSéverine Serizy / Belle de JourLuis BuñuelNominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1968BenjaminAnne de ClécyMichel Deville
Manon 70ManonJean Aurel
MayerlingMaria VetseraTerence Young
La ChamadeLucileAlain Cavalier
1969The April FoolsCatherine GuntherStuart Rosenberg
Mississippi MermaidJulie Roussel / Marion VerganoFrançois Truffaut
Tout peut arriver (fr)IntervieweePhilippe Labro
1970TristanaTristanaLuis Buñuel
Peau d'ÂnePrincess / 'Donkey Skin'Jacques Demy
1971It Only Happens to OthersCatherineNadine Trintignant
1972LizaLizaMarco Ferreri
Un flicCathyJean-Pierre Melville
1973A Slightly Pregnant ManIrène de FontenoyJacques Demy
1974Don't Touch the White Woman!Marie-Hélène de BoismonfraisMarco Ferreri
Drama of the RichLinda MurriMauro Bolognini
La mujer con botas rojas (es)Françoise LeRoiJuan Luis Buñuel
1975Zig-Zig (fr)MarieLászló Szabó
L'Agression (fr)SarahGérard Pirès
Lovers Like UsNellyJean-Paul RappeneauNominated—César Award for Best Actress
HustleNicole BrittonRobert Aldrich
1976If I Had to Do It All Over AgainCatherine BergerClaude Lelouch
1977Anima persaSofia StolzDino Risi
March or DieSimone PicardDick Richards
Beach HouseLa donna del sognoSergio Citti
1978L'argent des autresCécile RainierChristian de Chalonge
1979Ils sont grands, ces petitsLouise MouchinJoël Santoni
Us TwoFrançoiseClaude Lelouch
Courage fuyons (fr)EvaYves Robert
Écoute voirClaude AlphandHugo Santiago
1980The Last MetroMarion SteinerFrançois TruffautCésar Award for Best Actress
David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress
Je vous aimeAliceClaude Berri
1981Le Choix des armes (fr)Nicole DurieuxAlain Corneau
Hotel AmericaHélèneAndré TéchinéNominated—César Award for Best Actress
1982Le chocClaireRobin Davis
1983L'Africain (fr)CharlottePhilippe de Broca
The HungerMiriam BlaylockTony Scott
1984Le Bon PlaisirClaire DesprésFrancis Girod
Fort SaganneLouiseAlain Corneau
Paroles et Musique (fr)MargauxÉlie Chouraqui
1986Speriamo che sia femminaClaudiaMario Monicelli
Scene of the CrimeLili RavenelAndré Téchiné
1987Agent troubleAmanda WeberJean-Pierre MockyNominated—César Award for Best Actress
1988Fréquence meurtreJeanne QuesterÉlisabeth Rappeneau
A Strange Place to MeetFranceFrançois DupeyronNominated—César Award for Best Actress
1991La reine blancheLiliane RipocheJean-Loup Hubert
1992IndochineElianeRégis WargnierCésar Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
1993My Favorite SeasonEmilieAndré TéchinéGoldene Kamera for Best International Actress
Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
1994La partie d'échecsMarquiseYves Hanchar
1995One Hundred and One NightsThe star-fantasyAgnès Varda
The ConventHélèneManoel de Oliveira
1996ThievesMarie LeblancAndré TéchinéNominated—César Award for Best Actress
Court toujours: L'inconnuMarianneIsmaël FerroukhiShort film
1997Genealogies of a CrimeJeanne / SolangeRaúl Ruiz
Sans titreLeos CaraxShort film
1998Place VendômeMarianne MalivertNicole GarciaVolpi Cup
Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
1999Le vent de la nuit (The Wind of the Night)HélènePhilippe Garrel
Belle mamanLéaGabriel Aghion
Pola XMarieLeos Carax
Time RegainedOdette de CrecyRaúl Ruiz
East/WestGabrielle DevelayRégis Wargnier
2000Dancer in the DarkKathyLars von TrierNominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2001I'm Going HomeMargueriteManoel de Oliveira
Absolument fabuleuxA spectator of the parade (cameo)Gabriel Aghion
The MusketeerThe QueenPeter Hyams
Le petit poucetThe QueenOlivier Dahan
20028 WomenGabyFrançois Ozon52nd Berlin International Film Festival—Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution (shared with the cast)
European Film Award for Best Actress (shared with the cast)
Au plus près du paradisFanetteTonie Marshall
2003Les Liaisons dangereusesMarquise Isabelle de MerteuilTV mini-series
A Talking PictureDelfinaManoel de Oliveira
2004Princesse MarieMarie BonaparteBenoît JacquotTV movie
Kings and QueenMme VassetArnaud Desplechin
Changing TimesCécileAndré Téchiné
2005Palais royal!EugéniaValérie LemercierNominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actress
2006Le concile de pierreSybille WeberGuillaume Nicloux
Nip/TuckDiana LubeyRyan MurphyTV series (1 Episode: "Diana Lubey")
Le héros de la familleAlice MirmontThierry Klifa
2007Après luiCamilleGaël Morel
PersepolisMrs. Satrapi, Marjane's mother's voiceMarjane Satrapi
Vincent Paronnaud
Pouvoir et séductionElegant LadyMaria von HelandTV movie
2008A Christmas TaleJunon VuillardArnaud DesplechinNominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture
Je veux voirThe famous actressJoana Hadjithomas
Khalil Joreige
Mes stars et moiSolange DuvivierLaetitia Colombani
2009CyprienVivianne WagnerDavid Charhon
The Girl on the TrainLouiseAndré Téchiné
Bancs publics (Versailles rive droite)The client to the cupboardBruno Podalydès
Mères et fillesMartineJulie Lopes-Curval
2010PoticheSuzanne PujolFrançois OzonNominated—César Award for Best Actress
The Big PictureAnneEric Lartigau
2011Les yeux de sa mèreLena WeberThierry Klifa
The BelovedMadeleineChristophe HonoréNominated—Prix Lumières for Best Actress
2012Lines of WellingtonSeverinaValeria Sarmiento
God Loves CaviarEmpress Catherine II of RussiaYannis Smaragdis
Asterix and Obelix: God Save BritanniaQueen CordeliaLaurent Tirard
2013On My WayBettieEmmanuelle BercotCabourg Romantic Film Festival—Favorite Actress
Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Prix Lumières for Best Actress
2014In the CourtyardMathildePierre Salvadori
Three HeartsThe motherBenoît Jacquot
In the Name of My DaughterRenée Le RouxAndré Téchiné
2015Le tout Nouveau TestamentMartineJaco Van Dormael
La Tête hauteJuge Florence BlaqueEmmanuelle Bercot


  1. Digital delay
  2. Depression au-dessus du jardin
  3. Epsilon
  4. Monna Vanna et Miss Duncan
  5. Marine bond tremolo
  6. Ces petits riens (duet with Serge Gainsbourg) – original version performed by Gainsbourg and Juliette Gréco (1964)
  7. Souviens-toi de m'oublier (duet with Serge Gainsbourg)
  8. Overseas telegram
  9. What tu dis qu'est-ce tu say
  10. Oh Soliman
  11. Alice helas

Awards and nominations[edit]

César Awards[edit]

1976Best ActressLe SauvageNominated
1981Le Dernier métroWon
1982Hôtel des AmériquesNominated
1988Agent troubleNominated
1989Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontreNominated
1994Ma saison préféréeNominated
1997Les VoleursNominated
1999Place VendômeNominated
2006Best Supporting ActressPalais Royal!Nominated
2011Best ActressPoticheNominated
2014Best ActressOn My WayNominated

Academy Awards[edit]

1993Best ActressIndochineNominated

BAFTA Awards[edit]

1969Best ActressBelle de jourNominated

Other Awards[edit]

1965NYFCC AwardBest ActressRepulsionNominated
1976Bambi AwardFilm InternationalLovers Like UsWon
1981David di DonatelloBest Foreign ActressLe Dernier métroWon
1993WIFTI AwardCrystal Award - InternationalHerselfWon
1994Goldene KameraBest International ActressMy Favorite SeasonWon
1995San Sebastián IFF AwardDonostia AwardHerselfWon
1997Moscow IFF AwardSilver St. George[21]Won
1998Venice FF AwardVolpi Cup - Best ActressPlace VendômeWon
Berlin IFF Award[22]Honorary Golden BearHerselfWon
2000AFF AwardActor's Mission AwardWon
2001Bambi AwardFilm InternationalEast/WestWon
I'm Going Home
Dancer in the Dark
Satellite AwardBest Supporting Actress – DramaDancer in the DarkNominated
2002Berlin IFF AwardSilver Berlin Bear8 Women
(shared with cast)
EFA AwardBest ActressWon
2005Cannes IFF AwardPalme d'Or d'honneurHerselfWon
2006Bangkok IFF AwardGolden Kinnaree AwardWon
Istanbul IFF AwardCinema Honorary AwardWon
2008Cannes IFF AwardSpecial Jury Award (shared with Clint Eastwood)Won
Satellite AwardBest Actress – Motion PictureA Christmas TaleNominated
2012FSLC AwardGala TributeHerselfWon
Manaki Brothers FF AwardSpecial Golden Camera 300Won

In 2000, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.[23] In 2013, she was honoured for her lifetime achievement at the 26th European Film Awards.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Catherine Deneuve Biography
  2. ^ Catherine Deneuve Biography Britannica Concise Encyclopedia: Catherine Deneuve. Retrieved on 2008-11-25.
  3. ^ a b c d e Catherine Deneuve at Yahoo! Movies
  4. ^ "The Los Angeles Times Interview from 1992" Tout Sur Deneuve
  5. ^ a b "Catherine Deneuve interviewed by Arnaud Despelchin". Film Comment magazine (November/December 2008 edition). 
  6. ^ "Philip French's Screen Legends, The Observer Review, p.12". The Guardian (London). 1 February 2009. 
  7. ^ Block, Maxine; Anna Herthe Rothe; Marjorie Dent Candee; Charles Moritz (1978). Current Biography Yearbook. H.W. Wilson Co. p. 98. ISBN 978-9-997-37702-9. 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.... 
  8. ^ Jones, Alice (7 March 2007). "Catherine the great: Deneuve's five finest roles". The Independent. Retrieved 10 September 2008. The first and most chilling of Deneuve's classic ice-maiden roles." "Deneuve's best-known role. [dead link]
  9. ^ Sweet, Matthew (29 November 2002). "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 (UK). Retrieved 10 September 2008. 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.... 
  10. ^ Naderzad, Ali (16 May 2007), "Catherine Deneuve in Cannes", Screen Comment.
  11. ^ Tom Lisanti (2001). Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema: Interviews with 20 Actresses from Biker, Beach, and Elvis Movies. McFarland. pp. 12–. ISBN 978-0-7864-0868-9. 
  12. ^ "Chanel ad campaign, USA 1975". 22 February 1999. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  13. ^ Cartner-Morley, Jess; Mirren, Helen; Huffington, Arianna; Amos, Valerie (28 March 2013). "The 50 best-dressed over 50s". The Guardian (London). 
  14. ^ Hawkins, Timothy (11 April 1986). "French Film Star Deneuve Introduces Own Fragrance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  15. ^ (French) "Amnesty International et lutte contre la peine de mort" Tout sur Deneuve
  16. ^ a b c "Catherine Deneuve Bio" (in French). Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  17. ^ Coomarasamy, James (14 May 2001). "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. ^ Isabelle Vautier (1955). "Tout sur Catherine Deneuve – Interview parue dans The Advocate (1995)". Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  20. ^ Stephanie Bunbury (23 November 2013). "Catherine Deneuve's Frosty Charm". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "20th Moscow International Film Festival (1997)". MIFF. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  22. ^ "Berlinale: 1998 Prize Winners". Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  23. ^ Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
  24. ^ "Winners 2013". European Film Awards. European Film Academy. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 

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