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Biography

Daughter of: Maurice Dorléac and Renee Deneuve

Born into a theatrical family in 1942 (her father was actor Maurice Dorleac, and her younger sister Catherine Deneuve), Françoise Dorléac first appeared on stage at the age of 10. Entering the film industry with the movie short Mensonges (1957), she studied at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique (1959-1961) and had modeled for Christian Dior by the time she started making any kind of cinematic impact.

Slim, gamine, pale-skinned and a real brunette stunner, Francoise Dorleac graced a number of movies before hitting stardom, but that all changed with Francois Truffaut's melodrama La Peau Douce (The Soft Skin) and the classic James Bond-like spy spoof L'Homme de Rio (That Man from Rio), both released in 1964. The two films showed the polar sides of Francoise's incredible allure and talent. In the former she played an airline stewardess who falls into a tragic affair with a married businessman (Jean Desailly) and in the latter she played a fun and flaky heroine opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo.

Unlike Catherine, Francoise proved a carefree, outgoing presence both on and off camera. Known for her chic, stylish ways and almost unbridled sense of joie-de-vivre, she continued making strong marks as the adulterous wife in Roman Polanski's black comedy Cul-de-Sac (1966) and even joined Gene Kelly, George Chakiris and her sister, who was now a cinematic star by this time too, in the rather candy-coated The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), a colorful movie which paid homage to the Hollywood musical. She and Catherine, who looked quite similar, played singing twins who dream about living in Paris.

Branching out now in such non-French films as Genghis Khan (1965), Where the Spies Are (1965) and Billion Dollar Brain (1967), the radiant Francoise was on the brink of international stardom when her sports car flipped and burned on a roadway in Nice, France on June 26, 1967. Her early death at age 26 most certainly robbed the cinema of a tried and true talent and incomparably beautiful mademoiselle who had every signs of taking on Hollywood, as Catherine later did successfully.

Key Dates

1942:
Born on 21 March in Paris, France, elder sister of Catherine Deneuve

1957:
Appears in movie short, Mensonges

1959:
Studies at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique until 1961

1964:
Appears in Truffaut's La Peau Douce and L'Homme de Rio 1964:
Appears in Polanski's Cul-de-Sac and L'Homme de Rio

1965:
Appears in the non-French film Where the Spies Are

1967:
Appears in The Young Girls of Rochefort and her last movie, Billion Dollar Brain. Dies in a car accident in Nice on 26 June

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Filmography

1)  Billion Dollar Brain (1967) (as Françoise Dorleac)
2)  Demoiselles de Rochefort, Les (1967)
3)  Julie de Chaverny Ou La double méprise (1967) (TV)
4)  Cul-de-sac (1966)
5)  Where the Spies Are (1965)
6)  Genghis Khan (1965)
7)  Ronde, La (1964)
8)  Chasse à l'homme, La (1964)
9)  Peau douce, La (1964)
10) Homme de Rio, L' (1964)
11) Arsène Lupin contre Arsène Lupin (1962)
12) Gamberge, La (1962)
13) Fille aux yeux d'or, La (1961)
14) Tout l'or du monde (1961)
15) Ce soir ou jamais (1960)
16) Portes claquent, Les (1960)
17) Loups dans la bergerie, Les (1960)

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