Muses

Catherine Deneuve (1943)

The French actress was revealed to cinema with the film, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, in 1964. She incarnated a feminine ideal, an alternative to the intellectual Nouvelle Vague figures and to sexy bombshells, with her graceful beauty and mysterious yet joyful air that made her become a perfect 'Belle de Jour'. Catherine Deneuve collaborated with various directors, inspiring them with her multiple acting approaches and remaining Jacques Demy's poetic and enchanting world's most emblematic princess face. No one will ever forget her duet with her sister, Françoise Dorléac, nor her absolute innocent face in Peau d'Ane. In the 60s, French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent chose her as his muse for Deneuve embodied so well the seductive and glamorous Parisian, collecting famous lovers such as Bailey, Mastroianni, Vadim, Truffaut or Gainsbourg, and keeping her glamour unaltered through the years. Aging didn't stop her career for young directors like Desplechin or Ozon would keep on giving her leading parts. She's not only an actress, she's an absolute myth, some kind of French and blond Ava Gardner, a smoking princess enjoying life what so ever. A face that the director, André Techiné, admitted he 'could film, just like that, for hours.'

Catherine Deneuve in Fort Saganne directed by Alain Corneau, 1984
Catherine Deneuve in Fort Saganne directed by Alain Corneau, 1984
Catherine Deneuve and David Bailey by Lewis Morley, 1967
Catherine Deneuve and David Bailey by Lewis Morley, 1967
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Helmut Newton, 1983
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Helmut Newton, 1983
Marcello Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Philippe Noiret and Ugo Tognazzi at Cannes 1973
Marcello Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Philippe Noiret and Ugo Tognazzi at Cannes 1973
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Richard Avedon, New York, September 22, 1968
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Richard Avedon, New York, September 22, 1968
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for Chanel by Richard Avedon, 1972
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for Chanel by Richard Avedon, 1972
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for Chanel by Richard Avedon, 1973
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for Chanel by Richard Avedon, 1973
Catherine Deneuve for The April Fools directed by Stuart Rosenberg, 1969
Catherine Deneuve for The April Fools directed by Stuart Rosenberg, 1969
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Richard Avedon, 1971
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Richard Avedon, 1971
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by David Bailey for Vogue, 1968
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by David Bailey for Vogue, 1968
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by David Bailey for Vogue, 1968
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by David Bailey for Vogue, 1968
Catherine Deneuve arriving at a Royal Film Performance of James H. Hill’s movie Born Free, at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London, 14th March 1966
Catherine Deneuve arriving at a Royal Film Performance of James H. Hill’s movie Born Free, at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London, 14th March 1966
Catherine Deneuve in Tristana directed by Luis Bunuel, 1970
Catherine Deneuve in Tristana directed by Luis Bunuel, 1970
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Jeanloup Sieff, 1969
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Jeanloup Sieff, 1969
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Jeanloup Sieff, 1997
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Jeanloup Sieff, 1997
Catherine Deneuve in her Morgan roadster in 1967
Catherine Deneuve in her Morgan roadster in 1967
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Richard Avedon, New York, September 22, 1968
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Richard Avedon, New York, September 22, 1968
Alfred Hitchcock and Catherine Deneuve, 1969
Alfred Hitchcock and Catherine Deneuve, 1969
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Helmut Newton, 1976
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Helmut Newton, 1976
Catherine Deneuve in Nous deux directed by Claude Lelouch, 1979
Catherine Deneuve in Nous deux directed by Claude Lelouch, 1979
Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint-Laurent, 1966
Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint-Laurent, 1966
Yvonne Fumeaux and Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion directed by Roman Polanski, 1965
Yvonne Fumeaux and Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion directed by Roman Polanski, 1965
Serge Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve at the cartier party, Place Vendôme, 1980. Photo by Raymond Depardon © Raymond Depardon/Magnum Photos
Serge Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve at the cartier party, Place Vendôme, 1980. Photo by Raymond Depardon © Raymond Depardon/Magnum Photos
Johnny Hallyday, Alain Delon, Roger Vadim and Catherine Deneuve, 1962. Photo by Raymond Depardon © Raymond Depardon/Magnum Photos
Johnny Hallyday, Alain Delon, Roger Vadim and Catherine Deneuve, 1962. Photo by Raymond Depardon © Raymond Depardon/Magnum Photos
Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour directed by Luis Bunuel, 1967
Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour directed by Luis Bunuel, 1967
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Loomis Dean, 1961
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Loomis Dean, 1961
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Loomis Dean, 1961
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Loomis Dean, 1961
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Loomis Dean, 1961
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Loomis Dean, 1961
Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour directed by Luis Bunuel, 1967
Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour directed by Luis Bunuel, 1967
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Jeanloup Sieff, 1965
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Jeanloup Sieff, 1965
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Richard Avedon for Vogue, 1971
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Richard Avedon for Vogue, 1971
Jean Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve in La Sirene du Mississippi directed by François Truffaut, 1969
Jean Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve in La Sirene du Mississippi directed by François Truffaut, 1969
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Walter Carone, 1963
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Walter Carone, 1963
Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorleac in Les Demoiselles de Rochefort directed by Jacques Demy, 1967. Photo by Reg Lancaster
Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorleac in Les Demoiselles de Rochefort directed by Jacques Demy, 1967. Photo by Reg Lancaster
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Walter Carone, 1963
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Walter Carone, 1963
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve and Walter Carone photographer, 1963
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve and Walter Carone photographer, 1963
Catherine Deneuve in Mayerling directed by Terence Young, 1969. Photo by Terry O'Neill
Catherine Deneuve in Mayerling directed by Terence Young, 1969. Photo by Terry O'Neill
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Willy Rizzo, 1966
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Willy Rizzo, 1966
Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorleac, May 27, 1960
Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorleac, May 27, 1960
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for Pomellato by Michel Comte, 1996
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for Pomellato by Michel Comte, 1996
Catherine Deneuve in Mayerling directed by Terence Young, 1969. Photo by Terry O'Neill
Catherine Deneuve in Mayerling directed by Terence Young, 1969. Photo by Terry O'Neill
Catherine Deneuve and David Bailey, London, March 1966. Photo by Ted West
Catherine Deneuve and David Bailey, London, March 1966. Photo by Ted West
Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint-Laurent, 1981
Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint-Laurent, 1981
Catherine Deneuve at the London premiere of Repulsion directed by Roman Polansky, 1964
Catherine Deneuve at the London premiere of Repulsion directed by Roman Polansky, 1964
Catherine Deneuve in Le Vice et la Vertu, directed by Roger Vadim, 1963
Catherine Deneuve in Le Vice et la Vertu, directed by Roger Vadim, 1963
Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorleac on the set of  Les Demoiselles de Rochefort directed by Jacques Demy, 1967. Photo by Reg Lancaster
Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorleac on the set of Les Demoiselles de Rochefort directed by Jacques Demy, 1967. Photo by Reg Lancaster
Catherine Deneuve arriving at the London airport, wearing André Courrèges, 1960's
Catherine Deneuve arriving at the London airport, wearing André Courrèges, 1960's
Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorleac on the set of  Les Demoiselles de Rochefort directed by Jacques Demy, 1967
Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorleac on the set of Les Demoiselles de Rochefort directed by Jacques Demy, 1967
Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorleac and Gene Kelly on the set of  Les Demoiselles de Rochefort directed by Jacques Demy, 1967
Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorleac and Gene Kelly on the set of Les Demoiselles de Rochefort directed by Jacques Demy, 1967
Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorleac on the set of  Les Demoiselles de Rochefort directed by Jacques Demy, 1967. Photo by Reg Lancaster
Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorleac on the set of Les Demoiselles de Rochefort directed by Jacques Demy, 1967. Photo by Reg Lancaster
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for The Hunger directed by Tony Scott, 1983
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for The Hunger directed by Tony Scott, 1983
Catherine Deneuve by David Bailey for Vogue UK, 1967
Catherine Deneuve by David Bailey for Vogue UK, 1967
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Michael Childers, 1981
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Michael Childers, 1981
Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint-Laurent, 1966
Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint-Laurent, 1966
Catherine Deneuve by David Bailey for Vogue UK, 1967
Catherine Deneuve by David Bailey for Vogue UK, 1967
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Helmut Newton, 1976
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Helmut Newton, 1976
Catherine Deneuve and Coco Chanel, 1971
Catherine Deneuve and Coco Chanel, 1971
Yves Saint Laurent and Catherine Deneuve in Vogue Paris, March 1976
Yves Saint Laurent and Catherine Deneuve in Vogue Paris, March 1976
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for Tale of Paris directed by Marc Allegret, 1962
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for Tale of Paris directed by Marc Allegret, 1962
Catherine Deneuve by Guy Bourdin for Vogue Paris, 1973
Catherine Deneuve by Guy Bourdin for Vogue Paris, 1973
Catherine Deneuve by Guy Bourdin for Vogue Paris, 1973
Catherine Deneuve by Guy Bourdin for Vogue Paris, 1973
Catherine Deneuve and Director Roger Vadim on the set of Le Vice et la Vertu, 1963
Catherine Deneuve and Director Roger Vadim on the set of Le Vice et la Vertu, 1963
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Helmut Newton, 1966
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Helmut Newton, 1966
Catherine Deneuve by David Bailey for Vogue UK, 1967
Catherine Deneuve by David Bailey for Vogue UK, 1967
Jean Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve on the set of La Sirene du Mississippi directed by François Truffaut, 1969. Photo by Alain Dejean
Jean Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve on the set of La Sirene du Mississippi directed by François Truffaut, 1969. Photo by Alain Dejean
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for The Hunger directed by Tony Scott, 1983
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for The Hunger directed by Tony Scott, 1983
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for The Hunger directed by Tony Scott, 1983
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for The Hunger directed by Tony Scott, 1983
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie for The Hunger directed by Tony Scott, 1983
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie for The Hunger directed by Tony Scott, 1983
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie for The Hunger directed by Tony Scott, 1983
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie for The Hunger directed by Tony Scott, 1983
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie for The Hunger directed by Tony Scott, 1983
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie for The Hunger directed by Tony Scott, 1983
Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint-Laurent at the 1st opening Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, 1966
Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint-Laurent at the 1st opening Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, 1966
Catherine Deneuve and Michel Piccoli in La chamade directed by Alain Cavalier, 1968
Catherine Deneuve and Michel Piccoli in La chamade directed by Alain Cavalier, 1968
David Bailey and Catherine Deneuve are surrounded by press photographers as they leave st. Pancras after their wedding, august, 1965
David Bailey and Catherine Deneuve are surrounded by press photographers as they leave st. Pancras after their wedding, august, 1965
Julie Christie, Ursula Andress and Catherine Deneuve attend a Royal Film Performance of Born Free at the Odeon, Leicester Square, 14th March 1966. Photo by George Freston
Julie Christie, Ursula Andress and Catherine Deneuve attend a Royal Film Performance of Born Free at the Odeon, Leicester Square, 14th March 1966. Photo by George Freston
Catherine Deneuve and Roman Polanski at the premiere of Repulsion in Paris. January 7, 1966
Catherine Deneuve and Roman Polanski at the premiere of Repulsion in Paris. January 7, 1966
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Sam Levin 1962
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve by Sam Levin 1962
Serge Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve, 1980's
Serge Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve, 1980's
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve, Paris, by Loomis Dean 1961
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve, Paris, by Loomis Dean 1961
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve, Paris, by Loomis Dean 1961
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve, Paris, by Loomis Dean 1961
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for The April Fools directed by Stuart Rosenberg, 1969
Portrait of Catherine Deneuve for The April Fools directed by Stuart Rosenberg, 1969
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