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Catherine Deneuve
French actress

Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve
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Intro French actress
A.K.A. Catherine Fabienne Dorléac
Is Actor Film producer Film actor Model Singer Designer
From France
Field Arts Creativity Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender female
Birth 22 October 1943, Paris
Age 80 years
Residence Paris
Mother: Renée Simonot
Father: Maurice Dorléac
Spouse: David Bailey
Children: Christian VadimChiara Mastroianni
Height: 1.6764 m
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Catherine Deneuve (French: [katʁin dənœv]; born 22 October 1943) is a French actress as well as an occasional singer, model and producer. She gained recognition for her portrayal of aloof, mysterious beauties for various directors, including Luis Buñuel, Francois Truffaut and Roman Polanski. In 1985, she succeeded Mireille Mathieu as the official face of Marianne, France's national symbol of liberty. A 14-time César Award nominee, she won for her performances in Truffaut's The Last Metro (1980) and Régis Wargnier's Indochine (1992). She is also noted for her support for a variety of liberal causes.
Deneuve made her film debut in 1957 and first came to prominence in Jacques Demy's 1964 musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, before going on to star for Polanski in Repulsion (1965) and for Buñuel in Belle de Jour (1967) and Tristana (1970). She was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress for Belle de Jour, and the Academy Award for Best Actress for Indochine. She also won the 1998 Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for Place Vendôme. Other films include Scene of the Crime (1986), My Favourite Season (1993), 8 Women (2002), and Potiche (2010). Her English-language films include The April Fools (1969), Hustle (1975), The Hunger (1983) and Dancer in the Dark (2000). In 2015, she starred in The Brand New Testament and Standing Tall.

Early life

Deneuve was born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac in Paris, France, the daughter of French stage actors Maurice Dorléac and Renée Simonot. Deneuve has two sisters, Françoise Dorléac (an actress, who died in a car crash in 1967, aged 25) and Sylvie Dorléac (born 14 December 1946), as well as a maternal half-sister, Danielle, whom their mother had out of wedlock in 1937 with Aime Clariond, but who was later adopted by Maurice and took his surname. Deneuve was her mother's maiden name, which she chose for her stage name, in order to differentiate herself from her sisters. Deneuve attended Catholic schools.

Film career

Deneuve was 13 when she made her film debut with a small role in André Hunebelle's Les Collégiennes (1957) with her younger sister Sylvie Dorléac, who, along with their older half-sister Danielle, was an occasional child actress. She subsequently appeared in several films for director Roger Vadim as well as in L'Homme à femmes (1960), which caught the eye of Jacques Demy, who cast Deneuve in his 1964 musical Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, the film that brought her to stardom. Deneuve first portrayed the cold but erotic persona, for which she would be nicknamed the "ice maiden", in Roman Polanski's horror classic Repulsion (1965), reinforcing it in Luis Buñuel's Belle de Jour (1967), and reaching a peak in Tristana (1970). Her work for Buñuel would be her most famous.

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 A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973) 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. She made her debut film as a producer in 1988, Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre, alongside frequent co-star Gerard Depardieu.

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.

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. In 2008, she appeared in her 100th film, Un conte de Noël.

Deneuve's more recent work in the 2010s includes Potiche (2010) with Depardieu, Les Bien-aimés (2012), in which she acts alongside former co-stars Ludivine Sagnier and Chiara Mastroianni, and Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way (2014). 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." Deneuve continues to work steadily making at least two or three films per year.

Career outside of film


Deneuve in 1999

Deneuve appeared nude in two Playboy pictorials in 1963 and 1965. 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. 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.


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


  • Deneuve was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Safeguarding of Film Heritage in 1994 until her resignation on 12 November 2003.
  • Deneuve asked that the rights owed to her from her representation of Marianne be given to Amnesty International.
  • Louis Vuitton made a donation to The Climate Project, spearheaded by Al Gore, on behalf of Deneuve.
  • Deneuve is also involved with Children Action, Children of Africa, Orphelins Roumains and Reporters Without Borders.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Deneuve has also been involved with various charities in the fight against AIDS and cancer.

Political involvement

Deneuve at the 2011 César Awards.
  • In 1972, Deneuve signed the Manifesto of the 343. The manifesto was an admission by its signers to have practiced illegal abortions and therefore exposed themselves to judicial actions and prison sentences. 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.
  • In April 2007, Deneuve signed a petition on the internet protesting against 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.

Personal life

Deneuve speaks fluent French, Italian, English and some German. Her hobbies and passions include gardening, drawing, photography, reading, music, cinema, fashion, antiques and decoration.

Deneuve has been married only once, to photographer David Bailey from 1965 to 1972. She has lived with director Roger Vadim, actor Marcello Mastroianni, cinematographer Hugh Johnson, and Canal+ tycoon Pierre Lescure.

Deneuve has two children: actor Christian Vadim, from her relationship with Roger Vadim, and actress Chiara Mastroianni, from her relationship with Marcello Mastroianni. She has five grandchildren.


Year Title Role Director Notes
1957 Les Collégiennes Une grande André Hunebelle
1960 L'Homme à femmes (fr) Catherine Jacques-Gérard Cornu
Les Portes claquent Dany Michel Fermaud
Jacques Poitrenaud
1962 Les Parisiennes Sophie Marc Allégret
Ça c'est la vie Claude Choublier Short film
Et Satan conduit le bal Manuelle Grisha Dabat
1963 Vice and Virtue Justine Morand Roger Vadim
Portuguese Vacation Catherine Pierre Kast
1964 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Geneviève Emery Jacques Demy
Les Plus belles escroqueries du monde Swindler Claude Chabrol
La Chasse à l'homme Denise Édouard Molinaro
Male Companion Isabelle Philippe de Broca
La Costanza della ragione Lori Pasquale Festa Campanile
1965 Les Petits chats Jacques R. Villa
Repulsion Carol Roman Polanski Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (3rd place)
Who Wants to Sleep? Angela Claasen Rolf Thiele
Axel von Ambesser
Alfred Weidenmann
Le Chant du monde Clara Marcel Camus
1966 A Matter of Resistance Marie Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Les Créatures Mylène Agnès Varda
1967 The Young Girls of Rochefort Delphine Garnier Jacques Demy
Belle de Jour Séverine Serizy / Belle de Jour Luis Buñuel Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1968 Benjamin Anne de Clécy Michel Deville
Manon 70 Manon Jean Aurel
Mayerling Maria Vetsera Terence Young
La Chamade Lucile Alain Cavalier
1969 The April Fools Catherine Gunther Stuart Rosenberg
Mississippi Mermaid Julie Roussel / Marion Vergano François Truffaut
Tout peut arriver (fr) Interviewee Philippe Labro
1970 Tristana Tristana Luis Buñuel
Peau d'Âne Princess / 'Donkey Skin' Jacques Demy
1971 It Only Happens to Others Catherine Nadine Trintignant
1972 Liza Liza Marco Ferreri
Un flic Cathy Jean-Pierre Melville
1973 A Slightly Pregnant Man Irène de Fontenoy Jacques Demy
1974 Don't Touch the White Woman! Marie-Hélène de Boismonfrais Marco Ferreri
Drama of the Rich Linda Murri Mauro Bolognini
La mujer con botas rojas (es) Françoise LeRoi Juan Luis Buñuel (es)
1975 Zig-Zig (fr) Marie László Szabó
L'Agression (fr) Sarah Gérard Pirès
Lovers Like Us Nelly Jean-Paul Rappeneau Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
Hustle Nicole Britton Robert Aldrich
1976 If I Had to Do It All Over Again Catherine Berger Claude Lelouch
1977 Anima persa Sofia Stolz Dino Risi
March or Die Simone Picard Dick Richards
Beach House La donna del sogno Sergio Citti
1978 L'Argent des autres Cécile Rainier Christian de Chalonge
1979 Ils sont grands, ces petits (fr) Louise Mouchin Joël Santoni
Us Two Françoise Claude Lelouch
Courage - Let's Run Eva Yves Robert
Écoute voir Claude Alphand Hugo Santiago
1980 The Last Metro Marion Steiner François Truffaut César Award for Best Actress
David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress
Je vous aime Alice Claude Berri
1981 Le Choix des armes Nicole Durieux Alain Corneau
Hotel America Hélène André Téchiné Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
1982 Le choc Claire Robin Davis
1983 L'Africain (fr) Charlotte Philippe de Broca
The Hunger Miriam Blaylock Tony Scott
1984 Le Bon Plaisir Claire Després Francis Girod
Fort Saganne Louise Alain Corneau
Paroles et Musique (fr) Margaux Élie Chouraqui
1986 Speriamo che sia femmina Claudia Mario Monicelli
Scene of the Crime Lili Ravenel André Téchiné
1987 Agent trouble Amanda Weber Jean-Pierre Mocky Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
1988 Fréquence meurtre Jeanne Quester Élisabeth Rappeneau
A Strange Place to Meet France François Dupeyron Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
1991 La Reine blanche (fr) Liliane Ripoche Jean-Loup Hubert
1992 Indochine Eliane Régis Wargnier César Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
1993 My Favorite Season Emilie André Téchiné Goldene Kamera for Best International Actress
Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
1994 La Partie d'échecs (fr) Marquise Yves Hanchar (fr)
1995 One Hundred and One Nights The star-fantasy Agnès Varda
The Convent Hélène Manoel de Oliveira
1996 Thieves Marie Leblanc André Téchiné Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
Court toujours: L'inconnu Marianne Ismaël Ferroukhi Short film
1997 Genealogies of a Crime Jeanne / Solange Raúl Ruiz
Sans titre Leos Carax Short film
1998 Place Vendôme Marianne Malivert Nicole Garcia Volpi Cup
Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
1999 Le vent de la nuit (The Wind of the Night) Hélène Philippe Garrel
Belle maman Léa Gabriel Aghion
Pola X Marie Leos Carax
Time Regained Odette de Crecy Raúl Ruiz
East/West Gabrielle Develay Régis Wargnier
2000 Dancer in the Dark Kathy Lars von Trier Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2001 I'm Going Home Marguerite Manoel de Oliveira
Absolument fabuleux A spectator of the parade (cameo) Gabriel Aghion
The Musketeer The Queen Peter Hyams
Le petit poucet The Queen Olivier Dahan
2002 8 Women Gaby François Ozon 52nd 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 paradis Fanette Tonie Marshall
2003 Les Liaisons dangereuses Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil TV mini-series
A Talking Picture Delfina Manoel de Oliveira
2004 Princesse Marie Princess Marie Bonaparte Benoît Jacquot TV movie
Kings and Queen Mme Vasset Arnaud Desplechin
Changing Times Cécile André Téchiné
2005 Palais royal! Eugénia Valérie Lemercier Nominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actress
2006 Le concile de pierre (fr) Sybille Weber Guillaume Nicloux
Nip/Tuck Diana Lubey Ryan Murphy TV series (1 Episode: "Diana Lubey")
Le héros de la famille Alice Mirmont Thierry Klifa
2007 Après lui Camille Gaël Morel
Persepolis Mrs. Satrapi, Marjane's mother's voice Marjane Satrapi
Vincent Paronnaud
Pouvoir et séduction Elegant Lady Maria von Heland TV movie
2008 A Christmas Tale Junon Vuillard Arnaud Desplechin Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress
Je veux voir The famous actress Joana Hadjithomas
Khalil Joreige
Mes stars et moi Solange Duvivier Laetitia Colombani
2009 Cyprien Vivianne Wagner David Charhon
The Girl on the Train Louise André Téchiné
Park Benches The client to the cupboard Bruno Podalydès
Hidden Diary Martine Julie Lopes-Curval
2010 Potiche Suzanne Pujol François Ozon Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
The Big Picture Anne Eric Lartigau
2011 Les yeux de sa mère Lena Weber Thierry Klifa
The Beloved Madeleine Christophe Honoré Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Actress
2012 Lines of Wellington Severina Valeria Sarmiento
God Loves Caviar Empress Catherine II of Russia Yannis Smaragdis
Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia Queen Cordelia Laurent Tirard
2013 On My Way Bettie Emmanuelle Bercot Cabourg Film Festival — Coup de Cœur
Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Actress
2014 In the Courtyard Mathilde Pierre Salvadori Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
Three Hearts The mother Benoît Jacquot
In the Name of My Daughter Renée Le Roux André Téchiné
2015 The Brand New Testament Martine Jaco Van Dormael
Standing Tall Florence Blaque Emmanuelle Bercot Nominated–César Award for Best Actress
2016 Le Cancre Marguerite Paul Vecchiali
2017 The Midwife Béatrice Martin Provost
Bonne pomme Barbara Florence Quentin


  • 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
  • 2011: Tout est si calme with Clara Couste, Ludivine Sagnier and Chiara Mastroianni, Une fille légère in duet with Chiara Mastroianni, Je ne peux vivre sans t'aimer – original film soundtrack The Beloved (2011 film) by Christophe Honoré
  • 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

Academy Awards

Year Award Film Result
1993 Best Actress Indochine Nominated

BAFTA Awards

Year Award Film Result
1969 Best Actress Belle de jour Nominated

César Awards

Year Award Film Result
1976 Best Actress Le Sauvage Nominated
1981 Le Dernier métro Won
1982 Hôtel des Amériques Nominated
1988 Agent trouble Nominated
1989 Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre Nominated
1993 Indochine Won
1994 Ma saison préférée Nominated
1997 Les Voleurs Nominated
1999 Place Vendôme Nominated
2006 Best Supporting Actress Palais Royal! Nominated
2011 Best Actress Potiche Nominated
2014 On My Way Nominated
2015 In the Courtyard Nominated
2016 La Tête haute Nominated

Other Awards

Year Group Award Film Result
1965 NYFCC Award Best Actress Repulsion Nominated
1976 Bambi Award Film International Lovers Like Us Won
1981 David di Donatello Best Foreign Actress Le Dernier métro Won
1993 WIFTI Award Crystal Award - International Herself Won
1994 Goldene Kamera Best International Actress My Favorite Season Won
1995 San Sebastián IFF Award Donostia Award Herself Won
1997 Moscow IFF Award Silver St. George Won
1998 Venice FF Award Volpi Cup - Best Actress Place Vendôme Won
Berlin IFF Award Honorary Golden Bear Herself Won
2000 AFF Award Actor's Mission Award Won
2001 Bambi Award Film International East/West Won
I'm Going Home
Dancer in the Dark
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Drama Dancer in the Dark Nominated
2002 Berlin IFF Award Silver Berlin Bear 8 Women
(shared with cast)
EFA Award Best Actress Won
2005 Cannes IFF Award Palme d'Or d'honneur Herself Won
2006 Bangkok IFF Award Golden Kinnaree Award Won
Istanbul IFF Award Cinema Honorary Award Won
2008 Cannes IFF Award Special Jury Award (shared with Clint Eastwood) Won
Satellite Award Best Actress – Motion Picture A Christmas Tale Nominated
2012 FSLC Award Gala Tribute Herself Won
Manaki Brothers FF Award Special Golden Camera 300 Won
2015 Filmfest Hamburg Douglas-Sirk-Award Won

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

In 2015, she received the Lifetime Achievement Golden Orange Award from International Antalya Film Festival, Turkey.

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