Catherine Deneuve (born 22 October 1943) is a French actress.
She gained recognition for her portrayal of beautiful ice maidens for various directors, including Luis Buñuel and Roman Polanski.
Deneuve won two César Awards for her performances in Le Dernier Métro (1980) and Indochine (1992).
She has also received BAFTA and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress.
Catherine 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 was 13 when she began her film career with a very small role in Les Collégiennes (1956), subsequently working in several films including under director Roger Vadim.
The film that brought her to stardom was Jacques Demy's 1964 musical Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, which led to additional prominent roles in Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965) and Luis Buñuel's Belle de Jour (1967).
In the Polanski film, Deneuve first portrayed the character archetype for which she would be nicknamed the "ice maiden", an emotionally distant and mysterious woman; her work for Buñuel would be her most famous.
She also appeared in Jacques Demy's musical Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967), with her elder sister, Françoise Dorléac.
Deneuve remained active in European films during the 1960s and the 1970s, though she limited her appearances in American movies of the period to The April Fools (1969) and Hustle (1975).
Her starring roles at the time were featured in such films as Tristana (1970, again with Buñuel) and A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973, opposite Marcello Mastrioanni).
In the 1980s, Deneuve's films included François Truffaut's Le Dernier métro (1980, which garnered her the César Award for Best Actress) and Tony Scott's The Hunger (1983, as a bisexual vampire, co-starring with David Bowie and Susan Sarandon, a role which brought her a significant lesbian following)