Françoise Dorléac

Françoise Dorléac



Françoise Dorléac was a French actress who was born on 21 March 1942 in Paris, France. She was the daughter of actor Maurice Dorléac and Renée Simonot, and the elder sister of Catherine Deneuve. Dorléac began her career as an actress in her teenage years and appeared in a number of films throughout the 1950s and 1960s. She was best known for her roles in films such as Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1964), La Vie de Château (1965), Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967), and La Piscine (1969).

Dorléac was a highly acclaimed actress who worked with many of the most renowned directors of her time, including Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Luis Buñuel, and Jacques Demy. Her films were often praised for their subtle nuances and her performances were highly praised by critics. She was nominated for a César Award for Best Actress for her performance in La Vie de Château in 1966.

Dorléac tragically died at the young age of 25 in a car accident on 26 June 1967. Her death was a great loss to the French film industry as she had already established herself as a prominent actress. Her career was cut short due to her untimely passing, but her legacy continues to live on through her films and her impact on the French film industry.

Her sister, Catherine Deneuve, has continued to carry on her legacy and is widely regarded as one of the most influential actresses of all time. She has often spoken of her admiration for her late sister and has said that she was an inspiration to her throughout her own career.

Dorléac will always be remembered for her impressive career as an actress and the impact she had on the French film industry. Her films remain timeless and her work continues to be celebrated to this day. She is truly a remarkable figure in the history of French cinema and her legacy will live on forever.


March 21, 1942

Place of birth

Paris, France

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