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Name: Catherine Fabienne Dorléac                                                         
Born: 22 October 1943 Paris, France                                                       
Catherine Deneuve (born October 22, 1943, in Paris,                                       
France) is an Academy Award-nominated French actress, who made her reputation             
playing a series of beautiful ice maidens for various directors, including Luis           
Buñuel and Roman Polanski.                                                               
Deneuve was born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac, as one of four daughters to French         
stage and film actor Maurice Dorléac and actress Renée Deneuve. She made her           
screen debut at the age of 13, with a role in the 1956 film Les Collégiennes,           
and went on to make a string of films with directors such as Roger Vadim before           
getting her breakthrough role in Jacques Demy's musical, Les Parapluies de               
Cherbourg (1964).                                                                         
The burst of stardom that accompanied Deneuve's portrayal led to two of her               
archetypal ice maiden roles, first in Roman Polanski's Repulsion in 1965 and             
then in Buñuel's 1967 Belle de Jour. Deneuve's startling portrayal of an icy,           
sexually adventurous housewife in the latter film helped to establish her as one         
of the most remarkable and compelling actresses of her generation. She further           
demonstrated her talent that year in Demy's Umbrellas musical follow-up, Les             
Demoiselles de Rochefort, which she starred in with her sister, Françoise               
Deneuve continued to work steadily through the 1960s and 1970s in films such as           
the 1970 Tristana (her second collaboration with Buñuel) and A Slightly Pregnant         
Man (1973), in which she starred with, Marcello Mastrioanni. Deneuve chose to             
avoid Hollywood, limiting her appearances in American films to The April Fools (1969)     
and Hustle (1975). Deneuve also did prolific work through the 1980s, appearing           
in such films as François Truffaut's Le Dernier métro (1980) and Tony Scott's           
The Hunger (1983). The latter film saw Deneuve playing a bisexual vampire                 
alongside David Bowie and Susan Sarandon, her performance won her an indelible           
cult status in the States among lesbians and gothics.                                     
In the 1990s, Deneuve garnered further international acclaim for her roles in             
several films, including the 1992 film Indochine (for which she won a César             
Award for Best Actress and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress)         
and two films directed by André Téchiné, Ma saison préférée (1993) and Les         
Voleurs (1995). In 1994 she was Vice President on the jury of the Cannes Film             
Festival. In 1996, she paid homage to the director who had first given her               
fame by taking part in the documentary L'Univers de Jacques Demy. In 1998, she           
won acclaim and the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for her performance in         
Place Vendôme. Closing out the final years of the 1990s Deneuve remained                 
consistently working in numerous films; in 1999 alone she appeared in no less             
than five films: Est-Ouest, Le temps retrouvé, Pola X, Belle-maman, and Le vent         
de la nuit, continuing to turn in compelling performances.                               
In 2000, Deneuve received much critical attention when cast alongside eccentric           
Icelandic singer Björk in Lars von Trier's melancholy musical Dancer in the Dark.       
Though it polarized critics and audiences alike, Dancer in the Dark nevertheless         
won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2002, she shared the Silver           
Bear Award for Best Ensemble Cast at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival         
for her performance in 8 Women. In 2005, Deneuve published her diary A l'ombre           
de moi-meme (In My Shadow); in it she writes about her experiences shooting the           
films Indochine and Dancer in the Dark. In 2006, she headed the jury at the               
Venice Film Festival. Deneuve continues to work steadily making at least two or           
three films per year, and can currently be seen in the film Après Lui.