A model of Gallic elegance, cultivated lust object for art house filmgoers everywhere, and one of the best-respected actresses in the French film industry, Catherine Deneuve made her reputation playing a series of beautiful ice maidens for directors such as Luis Buñuel and Roman Polanski. The daughter of French stage and film actor Maurice Dorléac, Deneuve was born in Paris on October 22, 1943. She made her screen debut at the age of 13, with a role in the 1956 film Les Collegiennes, and went on to make a string of films with directors such as Roger Vadim (with whom she had a child) before getting her breakthrough role in Jaques Demy’s charming musical, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) (1964). The burst of stardom that accompanied her portrayal led to two of her archetypal ice maiden roles, first in Roman Polanski’s terrifying Repulsion in 1965 and then in Buñuel’s 1967 Belle de Jour. Deneuve’s startling portrayal of an icy, sexually adventurous housewife in… read more
This Monday, August 12, Turner Classic Movie Channel is devoting a whole day to the films of this bewitching beauty, an icon of seductive allurement and chic.
One of the most fascinating actresses for me, she's beautiful in her icy elegance, she always seems to belong to a level that I'll never reach (but I don't even want to) and she's an incredibly talented actresses (Belle de jour, Repulsion..!). Maybe I'm a little fangirling, but who cares: I have my own goddesses. :)