The Many Faces of Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve is one of the most beautiful famous women in the world: actress, style icon, model, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is known for her admirable self-assurance, strong character and active social and political position.

Catherine Deneuve (born Dorlac) made her debut in the film “Les Collgiennes” when she was 13 years old. She got the role in the film through her elder sister, Francoise Dorlac, who was already a famous actress at that time. Later, in 1976 Francoise died in a tragic car accident.

The role of Catherine Deneuve in the musical “Les parapluies de Cherbourg”made her very famous. The international recognition came withthe films “Repulsion” of Roman Polanski (1965) and “Belle de jour” of Buuel (1967). In the last 50 years she starred in more than 90 films, which resulted in an impressive list of French and international film rewards. The 65 year old actress is still very far from the decision to stop her acting career.

As an international style icon, Deneuve has been associated with the French Fashion House ofIves Saint Laurent. People who personally know her, say that Catherine is much warmer in person and even more elegant in life, than her “ice beauty queen”screen image.

In the 1960′s she was nominated by “Look” magazine as the most beautiful woman of the world. She is known to have been the muse of the designer Ives Saint Laurent, who made many clothes for her film roles, for her premieres and for her daily life.

In 1970 Deneuve was the face of Chanel Number 5. At that time the sales of this perfume increased substantially in the United States. Americans, charmed by Catherine,nominated her as the most elegant woman of the world.

In 2001 at the age of 58 she became a face of Lreal. And in 2007 Catherine Deneuve appeared in the advertisements of Louis Vuitton luggage.

Apart from her acting and modeling career,Deneuve is a very successful business woman.

She is the owner of “Les Films de la Citrouille” – film production company. She is also the designer of jewelry, eyeglasses, shoes and greeting cards.Together with Make-up Art Cosmetics (M.A.C.) she introduced the new line of cosmetics in 2006.

The face of Deneuve as a philanthropist is not less impressive. She served as a Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO since 1994 until 2003. Many charities and projects have been supported by her, including the charities fighting against AIDS and cancer, charities supporting the victims of landmines, Amnesty International, Children of Africa, Children Action, Reporters without Borders, Handicap International. Louis Vuitton made a donation to The Climate Project of Al Gore, on behalf of Catherine Deneuve.

Catherine Deneuve is a living statement of the fact that women can have more than one career in their lives, if they have a courage and ambition to reinvent themselves and make the world a better place.

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