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Mini biography of Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve was born in Paris and made her screen debut in Les collégiennes (1957). Roger Vadim directed her in Le vice et la vertu (1963), but her breakthrough came the following year with the excellent musical Les parapluies de Cherbourg (1964) by Jacques Demy. She followed this up with a riveting performance in Roman Polanski's suspense classic Repulsion (1965).

She played in Luis Buñuel's masterpiece, Belle de jour (1967), reunited with him for Tristana (1970), while giving a great performance for François Truffaut in La sirène du Mississipi (1969). Deneuve's magnificent work in Truffaut's Le dernier métro (1980) won her a César Award for Best Actress. Her unchanging beauty and controlled acting skills were perfectly showcased in the romantic drama Indokina (1992). The film won both the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 1993, while Deneuve won her second César Award for Best Actress and received her first Academy Award nomination. Lars von Trier cast Deneuve in his musical drama Dancer in the Dark (2000), opposite eccentric singer Björk. The film won the Palme d'Or at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. The following year, she returned to Hollywood starring in D'Artagnan (2001), a France-based epic adventure. She also played in the acclaimed musical 8 femmes (2002).

Today she continues to work at a steady pace, most notably in Potiche (2010) and in this year’s Astérix et Obélix: Au Service de Sa Majesté. Her filmography so far consists of 112 feature films.