|Deneuve at 70 celebrates decades of versatility
Many moviegoers remember Catherine Deneuve (pictured) from one of her earliest roles as a teen in “Umbrellas of Cherbourg’’ in 1964. The actress turns 70 today and is one of a generation of mature actresses for whom interesting character roles are no longer a rarity.
She made her debut in the movies when she was just 13 in “Les Collegiennes.’’
One of her memorable performancess came in Luis Buñuel's "Belle de Jour,'' the 1967 movie in which she played Séverine.
Judy Dench, 78, Helen Mirren, 68, Meryl Streep, 64, and “Amour'' star Emmanuelle Riva, 86, have in recent years blazed a trail largely barred to their predecessors.
At a time when many female actresses several decades younger bemoan the lack of good parts for anyone over 40, Deneuve & Co have found themselves in demand, at least in part due to the growing influence of affluent, cinema-loving baby boomers.
Deneuve, often described as the “ice queen'' of French cinema, has appeared in more than 100 films and frequently addressed the issue of ageing in interviews.
“I don't want to grow older than I am, but I don't want to try to be very resistant to reality either,'' she told one interviewer during the 1990s.
More than five decades after she first found fame, the actress appeared this year as a harried restaurateur and ageing beauty queen in “On My Way’’ (''Elle s'en va'').—AFP/The Standard