Catherine Deneuve (French IPA: [katʁin dəˈnœv], born 22 October 1943) is a two-time César Award-winning, BAFTA Award-nominated and Academy Award-nominated French actress. She gained recognition for her portrayal of beautiful ice maidens for various directors, including Luis Buñuel and Roman Polanski.
Deneuve was born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac in Paris, as the third of four daughters to French stage and screen actor Maurice Dorléac and actress Renée Deneuve.
Deneuve began her film career at the age of 13 in a small role in Les Collégiennes (1956), directed by Roger Vadim. Her breakthrough role was in Jaques Demy’s Les Parapluies de Cherbourg. Her burst to stardom led to prominent roles in Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965) and Luis Buñuel's Belle de Jour (1967). It was in these films that she first portrayed her archetypal ice maiden roles. In 1967, she appeared in Jacques Demy's musical Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, with her elder sister, Françoise Dorléac.
Deneuve remained active in European film between the 1960s and the 1970s, and limited her appearances in American film to The April Fools (1969) and Hustle (1975). Her starring roles at the time were in such films as Tristana