Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve

born on 22/10/1943 in Paris, Île-de-France, France

Catherine Deneuve

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Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve in 1995
Born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac
October 22 1943
Paris, France
Years active 1957present
Spouse(s) David Bailey (1965-1972)

Catherine Deneuve (French pronunciation: [katin dnv], born 22 October 1943) is a French actress. She gained recognition for her portrayal of aloof and mysterious beauties in films such as Repulsion (1965) and Belle de jour (1967).[1] Deneuve was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1993 for her performances in Indochine; she also won César Awards for that film and The Last Metro (1980). Considered one of France's most successful actresses,[2] she has also appeared in seven English-language films, most notably the 1983 cult classic The Hunger. In 2008, she appeared in her 100th film, Un conte de Noël.

Early life

Deneuve was born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac in occupied Paris, the third of four daughters, to French stage and screen actor Maurice Dorléac and actress Renée Deneuve. Deneuve was raised Catholic. Her three sisters are actress Françoise Dorléac (who died in a car crash on 26 June 1967), Sylvie Dorléac and Danielle Dorléac.[3]

Film career

Deneuve began acting as a teenager using her mother's name as her elder sister, Françoise Dorléac, was using their father's name. She made her film debut with a small role in Les Collégiennes (1957) and subsequently appeared in films directed by Roger Vadim, such as Vice and Virtue (1963). The film that brought her stardom was Jacques Demy's 1964 musical Les Parapluies de Cherbourg. She made two more films with Demy , most notably another musical, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967), with Dorléac who was killed in a car accident the following year as her twin sister. Further prominent films from this early time in her career included Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965), Jean-Paul Rappeneau's La Vie de château (1966), which employed her 'underused comic skills', and Luis Buñuel's Belle de Jour (1967), as the ' haut-bourgeois housewife who achieves sexual satisfaction working in a Parisian brothel.'[4] In the Polanski film, Deneuve first portrayed the character archetype for which she would be nicknamed the "ice maiden", playing a beautiful Belgian girl, an emotionally distant and mysterious woman 'going homicidally insane in Kensington.' Her work for Buñuel would be her most famous,[5][6] and her screen persona as "a cold, remote erotic object which dreams are made on" reached a peak, according to the critic Philip French, in her second Buñuel film Tristana, (1970).[7] Deneuve remained active in European films throughout the 1960s and 70s, but limited her appearances in American movies of the period to The April Fools (1969) and Hustle (1975). She co-starred with a young Jodie Foster in Casotto (1977).

In the 1980s, Deneuve's most notable films were François Truffaut's Le Dernier métro (1980), which garnered her the César Award for Best Actress, and Tony Scott's cult classic The Hunger (1983), her third American film in which she starred as a bisexual vampire, co-starring with David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. Deneuve's sex scene with Sarandon in The Hunger brought her a significant lesbian following.[8]

Deneuve won a second Cesar Award and received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the period piece Indochine (1992). Her other significant movies were André Téchiné's Ma saison préférée (1993) and Les Voleurs (1995). In 1994, she was Vice President on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival.[9] 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 1997, she was the protagonist of the video clip of the song N'Oubliez Jamais singing by Joe Cocker. The next year, she won acclaim and the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for her performance in Place Vendôme. In 1999 Deneuve appeared in five films, including: Est-Ouest, Le temps retrouvé, and Pola X. Her part in Lars von Trier's musical drama Dancer in the Dark (2000) alongside Icelandic singer Björk was subject to considerable critical scrutiny. The film was selected for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Deneuve's fourth and most recent American film was The Musketeer (2001). She shared the Silver Bear Award for Best Ensemble Cast at the Berlin International Film Festival for her performance in 8 Women (2002). 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; and working with leading men such as Burt Reynolds, Jack Lemmon, Vincent Perez, William Hurt, and Marcello Mastroianni. In 2006, she headed the jury at the Venice Film Festival. She made another brief return to Hollywood with a guest-starring role on the FX TV series Nip/Tuck during its fourth season in November 2006. She also lent her voice to the Oscar-nominated animated feature Persepolis (2007). In 2008, she appeared in her 100th film, Un conte de Noël, which co-starred her daughter Chiara Mastroianni. That same year she was honored at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival for her work.

Deneuve continues to work steadily making at least two or three films per year.

Career outside of film


One of the world's great beauties, her image was used to represent Marianne, the national symbol of France, from 1985 to 1989. She was the face of Chanel No. 5 in the late 1970s and 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.[10]

She is considered the muse of designer Yves Saint Laurent; he dressed her in the films Belle de Jour, La Chamade, [[Mississippi Mermaid|La sirène du [sic]]], 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 MAC Beauty Icon series. Deneuve and make-up artists collaborated on the colour collection that became available at MAC locations worldwide in February 2006. Deneuve began appearing in the new Louis Vuitton luggage advertisements in 2007.


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 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.[11]
  • Deneuve asked that the rights owed to her from her representation of Marianne be given to Amnesty International.[12]
  • Louis Vuitton made a donation to The Climate Project, spearheaded by Al Gore, on behalf of Deneuve.[13]
  • Deneuve is also involved with Children Action, Children of Africa, Orphelins Roumains and Reporters Without Borders.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • 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).[16][17]
  • Voix de femmes pour la démocratie (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 démocratie." The CD was sold for the benefit of the female victims of the war and the fundamentalisms that fight for democracy.[18]
  • Deneuve has also been involved with various charities in the fight against AIDS and cancer.[15]

Political involvement

  • In 1972, 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.[19] It was published in Le Nouvel Observateur on 5 April 1971. That same year, feminist lawyer Gisèle Halimi founded the group, Choisir (To Choose), to protect the women who had signed the Manifesto of the 343.
  • Deneuve is involved with Amnesty International's program to abolish the death penalty.
  • In 2001, Deneuve delivered a petition organized by the French-based group, "Together Against the death penalty," to the U.S. Embassy in Paris.[20]
  • In April 2007, Deneuve signed a petition on the internet protesting the "misogynous" treatment of socialist presidential candidate Ségolène Royal. More than 8,000 French men and women signed the petition, including French actress Jeanne Moreau.[21]

Personal life

Deneuve speaks fluent French, Italian, English and is semi-fluent in German.[22] Her hobbies and passions include gardening, drawing, photography, reading, music, cinema, fashion, antiques and decoration.[15]

Deneuve was married to photographer David Bailey from 1965 to 1972. They divorced but remain friends, and she has since said "Marriage is an obsolete trap."[23] She has had relationships with directors François Truffaut and Roger Vadim,[24] actors Marcello Mastroianni,[3] Burt Reynolds,[25] and Clint Eastwood,[26] and Canal+ tycoon Pierre Lescure.[3]

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

Deneuve has four grandchildren: Christian's son Igor and daughter Lou, and Chiara's son Milo and daughter Anna.


Year Title Role Notes
1957 Collégiennes, LesLes Collégiennes Une grande (The Twilight Girls)
Credited as Catherine/Sylvie Dorléac
1960 ' Catherine (Murder by Two)
1960 Portes claquent, LesLes Portes claquent Dany (The Door Slams)
1962 Et satan conduit le bal Manuelle (And Satan Calls the Turns)
1962 Parisiennes, LesLes Parisiennes Sophie (Tales of Paris)
Segment: "Sophie"
1963 Vice et la vertu, LeLe Vice et la vertu Justine Morand (Vice and Virtue)
1963 Vacances portugaises Catherine (Portuguese Vacation)
1964 Costanza della ragione, LaLa Costanza della ragione Lori
1964 Parapluies de Cherbourg, LesLes Parapluies de Cherbourg Geneviève Emery (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)
1964 Plus belles escroqueries du monde, LesLes Plus belles escroqueries du monde Swindler (The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers)
Segment: "L'homme qui vendit la Tour Eiffel"
1964 Chasse à l'homme, LaLa Chasse à l'homme Denise (Male Hunt)
1964 Monsieur de compagnie, UnUn Monsieur de compagnie Isabelle (Male Companion)
1965 Repulsion Carole Ledoux
1965 Petits chats, LesLes Petits chats (Wild Roots of Love)
1965 Liebeskarussell, DasDas Liebeskarussell Angela Claasen (The Daisy Chain)
1965 Chant du monde, LaLa Chant du monde Clara (Song of the World)
1966 Vie de château, LaLa Vie de château Marie (A Matter of Resistance)
1966 Créatures, LesLes Créatures Mylène (The Creatures)
1967 Demoiselles de Rochefort, LesLes Demoiselles de Rochefort Delphine Garnier (The Young Girls of Rochefort)
1967 Belle de jour Séverine Serizy (Beauty of the Day)
1968 Benjamin Anne
1968 Chamade, LaLa Chamade Lucile (Heartbeat)
1968 Manon 70 Manon
1968 Mayerling Maria Vetsera
1969 April Fools, TheThe April Fools Catherine Gunther
1969 Sirène du Mississipi, LaLa Sirène du Mississipi Julie Roussel/Marion Vergano (Mississippi Mermaid)
1969 Tout peut arriver Interviewee (Don't Be Blue)
1970 Tristana Tristana
1970 Peau d'Âne La princesse/Peau d'âne (Donkey Skin)
1971 Ça n'arrive qu'aux autres Catherine (It Only Happens to Others)
1972 Cagna, LaLa Cagna Liza (Liza)
1972 Flic, UnUn Flic Cathy (A Cop)
1973 ' Irène de Fontenoy (A Slightly Pregnant Man)
1974 Touche pas à la femme blanche Marie-Hélène de Boismonfrais (Don't Touch the White Woman!)
1974 Fatti di gente perbene Linda Murri (Drama of the Rich)
1974 Femme aux bottes rouges, LaLa Femme aux bottes rouges Françoise LeRoi (The Woman with Red Boots)
1975 Zig zig Marie
1975 ' Sarah (Act of Aggression)
1975 Sauvage, LeLe Sauvage Nelly (Call Me Savage)
1975 Hustle Nicole Britton
1976 Si c'était à refaire Catherine Berger (If I Had to Do It All Over Again)
1977 Anima persa Sofia Stolz (Lost Soul)
1977 March or Die Simone Picard
1977 Casotto Donna del sogno (Beach House)
1978 ' Cécile Rainier (Other People's Money)
1979 Écoute voir Claude Alphand (See Here My Love)
1979 À nous deux Françoise (Us Two)
1980 Ils sont grands, ces petits Louise Mouchin (When I Was a Kid, I Didn't Dare)
1980 Courage fuyons Eva (Courage Let's Run)
1980 Dernier Métro, LeLe Dernier Métro Marion Steiner (The Last Metro)
1980 Je vous aime Alice (I Love You All)
1981 Choix des armes, LeLe Choix des armes Nicole Durieux (Choice of Arms)
1981 Hôtel des Amériques Hélène (Hotel America)
1982 Choc, LeLe Choc Claire (The Shock)
1983 ' Charlotte (The African)
1983 Hunger, TheThe Hunger Miriam Blaylock
1984 Bon plaisir, LeLe Bon plaisir Claire Després
1984 Fort Saganne Louise
1985 Paroles et musique Margaux (Love Songs)
1986 Speriamo che sia femmina Claudia (Let's Hope It's a Girl)
1986 Le Lieu du crime Lili Ravenel (Scene of the Crime)
1987 Agent trouble Amanda Weber
1988 Fréquence meurtre Jeanne Quester (Frequent Death)
1989 Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre France (A Strange Place to Meet)
1991 Reine blanche, LaLa Reine blanche Liliane Ripoche (The White Queen)
1992 Indochine Eliane
1993 Ma saison préférée Emilie (My Favorite Season)
1994 Partie d'échecs, LaLa Partie d'échecs Marquise (The Chess Game)
1995 Cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma, LesLes Cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma La star-fantasme (A Hundred and One Nights)
1995 Convento, OO Convento Hélène (The Convent)
1996 Voleurs, LesLes Voleurs Marie Leblanc (Thieves)
1996 Court toujours: L'inconnu Marianne
1997 Généalogies d'un crime Jeanne/Solange (Genealogies of a Crime)
1997 Sans titre N/A
1998 Place Vendôme Marianne Malivert
1999 Vent de la nuit, LeLe Vent de la nuit Hélène (The Wind of the Night)
1999 Belle maman Léa (Beautiful Mother)
1999 Pola X Marie
1999 Temps retrouvé, LeLe Temps retrouvé Odette de Crecy (Time Regained)
1999 Est-Ouest Gabrielle Develay (East/West)
2000 Dancer in the Dark Kathy
2001 Je rentre à la maison Marguerite (I'm Going Home)
2001 Absolument fabuleux Une spectatrice du défilé (Absolutely Fabulous)
2001 Musketeer, TheThe Musketeer The Queen
2001 Petit poucet, LeLe Petit poucet La reine (Tom Thumb)
2002 8 femmes Gaby (8 Women)
2002 Au plus près du paradis Fanette (Nearest to Heaven)
2003 Liaisons dangereuses, LesLes Liaisons dangereuses Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil (The Dangerous Liaisons)
TV mini-series
2003 Filme Falado, UmUm Filme Falado Delfina (A Talking Pictures)
2004 Princesse Marie Marie Bonaparte
2004 Rois et reine Mme Vasset (Kings and Queen)
2004 Temps qui changent, LesLes Temps qui changent Cécile (Changing Times)
2005 Palais royal! Eugénia
2006 Concile de Pierre, LeLe Concile de Pierre Sybille Weber (The Stone Council)
2006 Nip/Tuck Diana Lubey TV series
(One episode, first run 11/21/06)
2006 Héros de la famille, LeLe Héros de la famille Alice Mirmont (The Family Hero)
2007 Après lui Camille (After Him)
2007 Persepolis Mrs. Satrapi, Marjane's mother Voice
2007 Frühstück mit einer Unbekannten Elegante Dame (Suddenly Gina)
2008 Conte de Noël, UnUn Conte de Noël Junon (A Christmas Tale)
2008 Je veux voir Herself (I Want to See)
2008 Mes stars et moi Solange Duvivier (My Stars)
2009 Fille du RER, LaLa Fille du RER Louise (The Girl on the Train)
2009 Cyprien Vivianne Wagner
2009 Bancs publics (Versailles rive droite) La cliente armoire
2010 Potiche Suzanne Pujol
2010 L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie Anne


  • 1980 :
    • Dieu fumeur de havanes by and with Serge Gainsbourg (original film soundtrack Je vous aime by Claude Berri)
    • Quand on s'aime duet with Gérard Depardieu, for a television programme
  • 1981 : Her first and only album issued Souviens-toi de m'oublier written by Serge Gainsbourg
  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
  • 1993 : Paris Paris by and with Malcolm McLaren
  • 1997 : Allo maman bobo by Alain Souchon, during an evening with Les Enfoirés in 1997 with Alain Souchon, Jean-Jacques Goldman and Laurent Voulzy
  • 1999 : Joyeux anniversaire maman by Stomy Bugsy (original film soundtrack Belle-maman by Gabriel Aghion)
  • 2000 : Cvalda by and with Björk (original film soundtrack Dancer in the dark by Lars von Trier)
  • 2001 : Toi jamais original film soundtrack Huit Femmes by François Ozon (original version performed by Sylvie Vartan en 1976)
  • 2006 : Ho capito che ti amo original film soundtrack Le héros de la famille by Thierry Klifa
  • 2010 : C'est beau la vie by Jean Ferrat original film soundtrack Potiche by François Ozon
  • Audiobooks for Éditions des Femmes :
    • Cendrillon by Charles Perrault
    • Bonjour tristesse by Françoise Sagan
    • Les Petits Chevaux de Tarquinia by Marguerite Duras
    • Les Paradis aveugles by Duong Thu Huong
    • La Marquise d'O by Heinrich Von Kleist
    • Lettres à un jeune poète by Rainer Maria Rilke
    • Lettres à ma mère by Sylvia Plath

Awards and nominations

César 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 Hôtel des Amériques
1988 Agent Trouble
1989 Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre
1994 Ma saison préférée
1997 Les Voleurs
1999 Place Vendôme
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 Sebastián 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 Vendôme
2000 Art Film Festival Actors 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

  • Cinema of France


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  2. Catherine Deneuve Biography. (22 October 1943). Retrieved on 1 March 2011.
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  5. Block, Maxine; Anna Herthe Rothe, Marjorie Dent Candee, Charles Moritz (1978). Current Biography Yearbook, H.W. Wilson Co.. 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....
  6. Jones, Alice, Catherine the great: Deneuve's five finest roles, The Independent, 7 March 2007. URL accessed on 10 September 2008.
  7. The Observer Review, p.12, 1 February 2009
  8. Sweet, Matthew, 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, 29 November 2002. URL accessed on 10 September 2008.
  9. Cannes Film Festival 1994. Retrieved on 1 March 2011.
  10. Chanel ad campaign, USA 1975. (22 February 1999). Retrieved on 1 March 2011.
  11. Isabelle Vautier. Catherine Deneuve resigns from UNESCO. Tout Sur Deneuve. Retrieved on 1 March 2011.
  12. (French) Politique
  13. Alexander, Hilary, Environmental fashion, Daily Telegraph, 2 August 2007.
  14. Why we take so much interest in Cuba, by Reporters Without Borders. (10 December 2010). Retrieved on 1 March 2011.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Catherine Deneuve Bio ((French)). Retrieved on 1 March 2011.
  16. Press Release ATS Genève (SWITZERLAND) 9 November 2005
  18. Voix de femmes pour la démocratie
  19. Text of the Manifesto of the 343 with list of signatories, on the Nouvel Observateur website (French)
  20. Coomarasamy, James, French horrified by execution, BBC NEWS, 14 May 2001.
  21. Thousands sign petition against "misogynous" treatment of Royal, Europe News on Monsters and Critics, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 12 April 2007.
  22. Catherine Deneuve Biography
  23. Isabelle Vautier (1955). Tout sur Catherine Deneuve Interview parue dans The Advocate (1995). Retrieved on 1 March 2011.
  24. Francois Truffaut at Yahoo! Movies
  25. Catherine Deneuve: 50 years on film, The Independent, 7 March 2007.
  26. McGillagan (1999), p.151

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