Catherine Deneuve: the actress confides in her stroke, how is she?

CATHERINE DENEUVE. The actress is again with the poster of a film, “In his lifetime”, 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, césarised 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 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 middle-class woman who decides to prostitute herself freely, will offer her a turning point. During a shooting 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 around this time that she met the actor Marcello Mastroianni with whom she will have a daughter, Chiara. Happiness never comes alone, his performance in François Truffaut’s The Last Metro (1980), who wrote this role especially for her, earned her the César for Best Actress. At the height of her national and international popularity, Catherine Deneuve was chosen in 1985 as the model for the new bust of Marianne.

In the early 1980s, the actress met André Téchiné, an author who allowed her to renew her palette of emotions and her range of characters: Hôtel des Amériques (1981), Le Lieu du crime (1986) until My favorite season. (1993), The Thieves (1996) and recently The Changing Times (2004). Catherine Deneuve is today one of the rare actresses of her generation to have achieved the status of a star, admired and respected by all. She leads a career divided between mainstream films such as Fort Saganne (1984) by Alain Corneau, Indochine (1992) and Est-Ouest (1999, Régis Wargnier), Belle Maman (1998, Gabriel Aghion), 8 femmes (2002, Francois Ozon), and more risky works such as Funny Place for a Meeting (1987) by François Dupeyron, Le Couvent (1995) by Manoel de Oliveira, Genealogy of a Crime (1996) and Le Temps Recovered (1999) by Raúl Ruiz, Place Vendôme by Nicole Garcia (1998, for which she won the interpretation prize at the Venice festival), Le Vent de la nuit (1999) by Philippe Garrel, Pola X (1999) by Léos Carax, Dancer in the Dark of Lars von Trier (2000, Palme d’Or in Cannes) or even Kings and Queen (2004) by Arnaud Desplechin.

Many films since 2010

Far from stopping filming, Catherine Deneuve continued her career in the 2010s with regular outings to the cinema, along with numerous César nominations. For example, she was nominated for Potiche in 2011, She goes away in 2014, Dans la cour in 2015 or La Tête haute in 2016. In terms of price, she also received in 2016 the Lumière Prize of the Festival of the same name at Lyon for his entire career. She was also awarded the Praemium Imperiale Prize awarded by the Imperial Family of Japan in Tokyo in 2018.

Born Catherine Dorléac on October 22, 1943, Catherine Deneuve dated several men in her life, starting with the director Roger Vadim with whom she has a son, Christian, in 1963. The actress was married once, with the photographer David Bailey in 1965. His sister Françoise Dorléac and singer Mick Jagger witnessed the wedding. If the couple did not divorce until seven years later in 1972, the separation was effective in 1967. Catherine Deneuve then saw a love affair with the Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni. From their union was born a daughter, Chiara Mastroianni in 1972. In the 1980s, one could count among the idylls of Catherine Deneuve the businessman Bertrand de Labbey or Pierre Lescure, figure of journalism on television and on the radio.

We often forget it but Catherine Deneuve is not the real name of the actress who was actually born Catherine Dorléac, the name of her father that she used moreover at the very beginning of her career before using the name of his mother Renée Simonot, whose real name is none other than Deneuve. It is for this reason that his sisters, Françoise and Sylvie Dorléac, are not called Deneuve. Born on March 21, 1942, Françoise is therefore the older sister. Close to Catherine, Françoise Dorléac was a witness at her marriage to David Bailey in 1965. The two sisters both worked towards the profession of actress and even played their part in Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967). It was also while going to the London screening of Jacques Demy’s film that Françoise Dorléac was broke on June 26, 1967 in the prime of her life, following a car accident. She was 25 years old.

In the columns of Madame Figaro in 2016, Catherine Deneuve looked back on the death of her older sister: “Her disappearance remains the great drama of my life, it is the most painful thing that I have lived”. Sylvie Dorléac, the younger sister, was born on December 14, 1946 in Paris. She was also an actress but only in her youth, notably in Les collégiennes with her sister Catherine in 1957. Afterwards, Sylvie worked alongside Catherine as her secretary for 38 years.

Catherine Deneuve is a mother, she gave birth to a boy and a girl during two different unions. Christian Vadim (real name Christian Plemiannikov) was born on June 18, 1963 from his relationship with director Roger Vadim. Christian is also an experienced actor who has distinguished himself in the cinema, on television but also in the theater. Chiara Mastroianni, daughter of Catherine Deneuve, was born on May 28, 1972 in Paris from her union with actor Marcello Mastroianni. She has also made a name for herself as an actress in the cinema in the films of Christophe Honoré in particular.

Catherine Deneuve was the victim of an ischemic vascular accident, a kind of stroke, in November 2019 on the set of Emmanuelle Bercot’s new film “De son vivant”. The scene was shot at the Garges-lès-Gonesse hospital, which allowed the French actress to detect and take charge of the stroke very quickly. The entourage of the actress subsequently qualified her ischemic stroke as being “very limited and therefore reversible”. According to The Parisian, the actress spent ten days in the hospital before entering a rehabilitation center where she spent two weeks. She then returned to her home in the sixth arrondissement of Paris at the beginning of December. After several months of convalescence, the actress resumed filming In his lifetime in July 2020.

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Catherine Deneuve: the actress confides in her stroke, how is she?