Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Who Are Those Gals? ~ Catherine Deneuve


Catherine Fabienne Dorléac was born on October 22, 1943, in Paris, France, and is known professionally as Catherine Deneuve. She is a French actress, producer, and model. She is considered one of the greatest European actresses on film. Early in her career, she gained acclaim for her portrayals of aloof and mysterious beauties for well-known directors, including Luis Buñuel, François Truffaut, Jacques Demy, Roman Polanski, and Agnès Varda. In 1985, she succeeded Mireille Mathieu as the official face of Marianne, France's national symbol of liberty.

Deneuve made her screen debut in 1957 at age 13, in a film shot the previous year when she was only 12. She gained acclaim for her collaborations with Jacques Demy's starring in “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” (1964), “The Young Girls of Rochefort” (1967), and “Donkey Skin” (1970). She starred in Roman Polanski's “Repulsion” (1965), and Luis Buñuel's “Belle de Jour” (1967) and “Tristana” (1970). Her other notable films include “The Hunger” (1983), “Indochine” (1992), “My Favourite Season” (1993), “Place Vendôme” (1998), “Dancer in the Dark” (2000), “8 Women” (2002), and “The Truth” (2019).

She has received numerous accolades over her career including two César Awards, and the Venice Film Festival's Volpi Cup for Best Actress as well as nominations for an Academy Award, and BAFTA Award. She has received honorary awards, including the Berlin International Film Festival's Golden Bear in 1998, the Cannes Film Festival's Honorary Palme d'Or in 2005, and the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion in 2022.

Deneuve appeared in only one Euro-western the contemporary film “Don’t Touch the White Woman” as Marie-Hélène de Boismonfrais. Directed by Marco Ferreri and starring Marcelo Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli and Philippe Noiret it takes place in modern day Paris and recreates ‘Custer’s Last Stand’.

DENEUVE, Catherine (Catherine Fabienne Dorléac) [10/22/1943, Paris, Île-de-France, France -     ] – film, TV actress, daughter of actress Renée Simonot [1911-2021] actor Maurice Dorleac (Georges Maurice Edmond Dorléac) [1901-1979],  sister of actress, singer Françoise Dorléac [1942-1967], actress Sylvie Dorléac (Sylvie Noëlle Monique Dorleac) [1946-    ], half-sister of actress Danielle Dorléac [1936-    ], mother of actor Christian Vadim (Christian Igor Christophe Plemiannikov) [1963-    ] with producer, director, assistant director, writer, actor Roger Vadim [1928-2000], married to producer, director, writer, cameraman, actor David Bailey (David Royston Bailey) [1938-    ] (1965-1972), mother of actress, singer Chiara Mastroianni [1972-    ] with producer, actor, singer Marcello Mastroianni [1924-1996].

Don’t Touch the White Woman! – 1973 (Marie-Hélène de Boismonfrais)


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