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Catherine Deneuve Biography

Birth Name:
Catherine Fabienne Dorléac
Birth Place:
Paris, France

Fast Facts

  • Made screen debut at the age of 13 under her birth name; she later took her mother's maiden name professionally
  • Became an international star at age 20 with the musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
  • Costarred with sister Françoise Dorléac in The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
  • Had a decades-long friendship with fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent after meeting on the set of Belle de Jour and was the model for one of his skincare campaigns
  • Was the face of Chanel No
  • 5 in the 1970s, and for L'Oréal Paris in 2001; she launched Deneuve perfume in 1986
  • After writing a complimentary letter to Danish director Lars von Trier about his film Breaking the Waves, he decided to cast her with Björk in Dancer in the Dark, which won the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival
  • Appeared on American television as a grieving mistress in the plastic surgery drama Nip/Tuck


  • 2016César Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2015César Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2014César Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2014Prix Lumières-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2011César Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2008Alliance of Women Film Journalists-Actress Defying Age and Ageism: winner
  • 2006César Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2002European Film Awards-European Actress: winner
  • 2002Berlin Film Festival-Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution: winner
  • 1999César Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1998Venice Film Festival-Best Actress: winner
  • 1998French Academy of Cinema-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1997César Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1994César Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1993César Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 1992French Academy of Cinema-Best Actress: winner
  • 1992Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1989César Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1988César Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1981César Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 1980French Academy of Cinema-Best Actress: winner
  • 1976César Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1969BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress: nominated