CATHERINE DENEUVE. The actress is again in the poster of a film, “While alive”, in theaters on November 24, 2021. On the set of this feature film, she had suffered an ischemic stroke.
[Mis à jour le 22 novembre 2021 à 12h24] “It took me a long time to recover.” It is with these words that Catherine Deneuve remembers, in the columns of Elle, her convalescence, after her stroke in November 2019. During the shooting of the film “De son vivant”, in theaters on November 24, the French actress has an ischemic stroke. Fortunately, the cameras are then placed at the Garges-lès-Gonesse hospital: the 78-year-old actress was quickly taken care of. On the set in Quotidien, last November 16, Catherine Deneuve remembers “something violent. I had a great chance because it was violent, fast and short. It was a trick all the same in the end quite light, with distressing consequences, but quite light. “
Hospitalized for ten days, Catherine Deneuve’s state of health was reassuring since her relatives declared that her ischemic stroke was “very limited and therefore reversible”. After two weeks in a rehabilitation center and several months of convalescence at her home in Paris, Catherine Deneuve was able to resume filming of the film During her lifetime in July 2020. And the actress of the Umbrellas of Cherbourg, caesarized for The Last Metro, does not count not end his career after this health glitch: “It could have stopped me, but I am not decided to stop”, she assures in Daily, even if she plans to slow down the pace of shooting, to “two films per year”.
Born October 22, 1943 in Paris, Catherine Deneuve is considered one of the greatest French actresses of her generation. Faithful to Jacques Demy’s cinema, she appeared in Les Parapluie de Cherbourg, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, but also Peau d’âne. But Catherine Deneuve left his mark on generations of cinephiles in many other works, such as Belle de jour, The last metro (which earned her the César for best actress), but also 8 women.
The youth of Catherine Deneuve was very early on in the cinema. Daughter of a couple of French actors, Catherine Dorléac begins on the screen by doing figuration from adolescence. She takes for the stage name Deneuve, the surname of her mother. At the age of 20, she was hired in Le Vice et la Vertu by the pygmalion of female stars: Roger Vadim. From his union with the director will be born a son, Christian, who will also become an actor.
It is Jacques Demy who imposes Catherine Deneuve thanks to the astounding success of the Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964, Louis Delluc prize and Palme d’Or at Cannes). The film immediately made her famous, in a role that emphasizes her neat elegance as a beautiful, pure, blonde girl, and representative of a certain idea of French chic and the feminine ideal. Faithful to this filmmaker, Catherine Deneuve also shoots Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967) – which she co-stars with her sister Françoise Dorléac -, Peau d’âne (1970), and L’Événement most important since man walked on the moon (1973).
Roman Polanski As for him, he was the first director to sense the dramatic potential of the actress: the following year, he broke her smooth image by entrusting her with the role of a female serial killer in Repulsion (1965). The same year, in a diametrically opposed genre, Catherine Deneuve gave free rein to her imagination in La Vie de château by Jean-Paul Rappeneau (Louis Delluc prize in 1965). With Luis Buñuel, she creates unforgettable characters of icy sophistication and psychological ambiguity. Belle de jour (1967), in which she plays Séverine, a young woman from the bourgeoisie who decides to prostitute herself freely, will offer her a turning point. During a filming that she admits to being difficult, Catherine Deneuve will have to make forget the romantic and reserved young girl of the “Umbrellas” for a more vicious, even masochistic character. From this collaboration will also be born Tristana (1970).
During the 1960s and 1970s, Catherine Deneuve toured with Michel Deville (Benjamin, 1968), Francois Truffaut (La Sirène du Mississippi, 1969), Marco Ferreri (Liza, 1972; Touche pas à la femme blanche, 1974) and Jean-Pierre Melville (Un cop, 1972). It was at this time that she met the actor Marcello Mastroianni with whom she will have a daughter, Chiara. Happiness never comes alone, its …