Catherine Deneuve: Supreme Goddess-like Beauty Loves Cats

Catherine Deneuve is a French Actress who is well known for her mysterious, aloof beauty. Among many films she took part in, her best works are Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) (1964), Repulsion (1965) and Belle de Jour (1967). She won two César Awards from the French Academy of Cinema for Le Dernier Métro (The Last Metro) (1980) and Indochine (1992). She is an animal lover even from rats to cats!

Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve (Wikipedia)

Born on October 22, 1943, in Paris to French actors parents. She chose the same profession as her parents and at the age of 13, she made the film debut with a small role. She subsequently appeared in several films.

Catherine is quite a smart woman. Princess in the sixties, then ideal woman, became Queen of a macho-cinema and is now empress, she changed her roles as the time required her and she played them well.

Catherine’s quite an animal lover. She likes all little animals that run and eat and hide all the time. Catherine is amused by their faces, which seem to be scared and curious at the same time.

Catherine Deneuve with a cat

Catherine Deneuve with a cat (Pinterest)

She even had mice as pets when she was very young, and she’s always liked the way they look.

Catherine Deneuve with kittens

Catherine Deneuve with kittens (Tumblr)

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) (1964)

Catherine Deneuve in the Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Catherine Deneuve in the Umbrellas of Cherbourg (NAYA)

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (the Umbrellas of Cherbourg) is her breakthrough film which was directed by Jacques Demy in 1964. Les Parapluies de Cherbourg is the middle film in an informal ‘romantic trilogy’ of Demy films that share some of the same actors, characters and overall look.

Catherine Deneuve in Les Parapluies de Cherbourg

Catherine Deneuve in Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (rebloggy)

Catherine played a young Frenchwoman who works at a small-town boutique selling umbrellas, falls for the dashing mechanic. Their brief romance is interrupted when he is drafted to serve in the Algerian War.

Catherine Denueve en Parapluies de Cherbourg

Catherine Denueve Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (google.com)

Though pregnant by him, Catherine marries an older businessman, and begins to move on with her life…

Love is suffering. One side always loves more.

Catherine Deneuve Quotes (BrainyQuote)

Repulsion (1965)

Catherine Deneuve Repulsion

Catherine Deneuve Repulsion (google.com)

Psychological thriller Repulsion directed by Roman Polanski, which is his first English-language film. The plot focuses on a young woman who is left alone by her vacationing sister at their apartment, and begins reliving traumas of her past in horrific ways. Catherine played a schizophrenic killer.

Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve (google.com)

Young manicurist, Catherine, suffers from androphobia (the pathological fear of interaction with men). When her sister and roommate, leaves their London flat to go on an Italian holiday with her married boyfriend. She begins to experience frightful hallucinations, her fear gradually mutating into madness…

Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion 1965

Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion 1965 (MEDIA LIFE CRISIS)

Belle de Jour (1967)

Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour

Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour (kinocaviar.com)

A masterpiece by Luis Buñuel, in Belle de Jour. The film was based on Joseph Kessel’s novel, Catherine played the role of a bored upper class Parisian housewife who spends her weekdays in a brothel.

Catherine Deneuve in taxi in Belle de Jour

Catherine Deneuve in taxi in Belle de Jour (s664.photobucket.com)

Catherine’s character cannot reconciles her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband. Her life took an unexpected turn when her lovestruck friend mentions a secretive high-class brothel by Madame Anais…

Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour, 1967

Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour, 1967 (google.com)

She begins to work there during the day under the name Belle de Jour. Once satisfied sexual desires she’s had, now one of her clients grew as a huge problem…

Aside from its story, the clothes in the film is so stylish. When you want to see classic elegance in full bloom, this is the one for you.

Le Dernier Métro (The Last Metro) (1980)

Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve in The Last Metro by François Truffaut

Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve in The Last Metro by François Truffaut (www.kinocaviar.com)

Catherine won a César Award, which is France’s equivalent to an Academy Award for her work in Le Dernier Métro (The Last Metro) directed by the French filmmaker François Truffaut. The film is set during the time of the French occupation and demonstrates passive resistance through culture in the story of a small Parisian theater surviving censorship, antisemitism and material shortages to emerge triumphant at the war’s end.

Catherine Deneuve in the Last Metro

Catherine Deneuve in the Last Metro (film society lincoln center)

You can see the maturity of a clever woman, her graceful beauty, and her magnificent talent to the full extent in the film.

Marianne: French Symbol of Liberty and Republicanism

Catherine Deneuve with her bust

Catherine Deneuve with her bust (google.com)

For the part of 1980s, Catherine was the model for Marianne. Marianne is a national symbol of France, symbolising reason, liberty and the ideals of the republic. In 1848, after the monarchy had fallen, the Ministry of the Interior held a competition for an image to represent the newly emerged republic and the use of Marianne as a symbol widespread. The portrait of Marianne is seen frequently in France, including numerous statues, coins, stamps and banknotes with typically she wears a ‘phrygian cap’ (a soft felt conical hat).

Marianne Marianne By Jean-Sébastien Stehli July 1, 2013

Marianne Marianne By Jean-Sébastien Stehli July 1, 2013 (Pinterest)

Originally, images and sculptures of Marianne were created using anonymous models, but modern depictions of Marianne have drawn on the features of famous French beauties. This trend began with the choice of Brigitte Bardot as a model in 1969. Thereafter, every few years, the image of Marianne has been renewed by association with a contemporary Frenchwoman.

In 2000, Catherine was co-starred with Björk in Dancer in the Dark. She said she likes Bjork because she is very original, therefore an interesting person. She admires some actresses, but of all, Marilyn Monroe has her total admiration.

Catherine have been working in different genres including comedies, musicals and dramas delivering a wide range of memorable performances with great élan in more than 120 films. Who is still acting since ‘Nouvelle Vague’? Nobody except her. She is a rare, unique woman of total beauty and intelligence in a complete package.

Catherine Deneuve in black and white

Catherine Deneuve in black and white (google.com)

A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It’s the same qualities I require from a man.

Catherine Deneuve Quotes (BrainyQuote)

Reference

Catherine Deneuve Biography (Bio)
 Catherine Deneuve (Wikipedia)
 Catherine Deneuve Biography (THE FAMOUS PEOPLE)
 40 years with a myth (ecrannoir.fr)
 DENEUVE: ‘MM HAS MY GREATEST ADMIRATION’ (everlasting-star.net)
 Marianne: National Emblem of France (A Woman’s Paris ~ Joie de Vivre)
 MARIANNE, HISTORIC SYMBOL OF FRANCE AND THE FRENCH (FRANCE THIS WAY)

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