Françoise Dorléac

About Françoise Dorléac

Who is it?: Actress, Soundtrack
Birth Day: March 21, 1942
Birth Place:  Paris, France, France
Died On: 26 June 1967(1967-06-26) (aged 25)\nNice, France
Birth Sign: Aries
Cause of death: Car accident
Alma mater: French National Academy of Dramatic Arts
Occupation: Actress, singer
Years active: 1960–67
Parent(s): Maurice Dorléac Renée Simonot
Relatives: Catherine Deneuve (sister) Christian Vadim (nephew) Chiara Mastroianni (niece)

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Françoise Dorléac was born on March 21, 1942 in  Paris, France, France, is Actress, Soundtrack. The radiant Francoise Dorleac is better remembered today as the elder, ill-fated sister of French film star Catherine Deneuve. The Paris-born actress, however, was actually the first to become a star and had quite a formidable career of her own in the 1960s until it was cut short. Born into a theatrical family in 1942 (her father was actor Maurice Dorléac), Francoise 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 graced a number of movies before hitting celebrity stardom with François Truffaut's melodrama La peau douce (1964) [La Peau Douce] and the classic James Bond-like spy spoof L'homme de Rio (1964) [L'Homme de 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 Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967) [Les Demoiselle de Rochefort], 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.Her fun and funny side was always an asset and often revealed as in the films as Arsène Lupin contre Arsène Lupin (1962) and La chasse à l'homme (1964) [La Chasse à l'Homme ]. Branching out now in such non-French movies as Genghis Khan (1965), Where the Spies Are (1966), and Billion Dollar Brain (1967), the luminous Francoise was on the brink of international stardom when her rental car flipped and burned on a roadway in Nice, France on June 26, 1967. She was near completion of the last film mentioned at the time the accident occurred. Her part in the movie was left intact. Her early death at age 25 most certainly robbed the cinema of a tried and true talent and incomparably beautiful mademoiselle who showed every sign of taking Hollywood by storm, as Catherine later did.
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Slim, pale-skinned and brunette, Dorléac made her film debut in The Wolves in the Sheepfold (1960), directed by Hervé Bromberger. She went on to appear in The Door Slams (1960 with Dany Saval and her sister Catherine Deneuve. Dorleac had a. small role in Tonight or Never (1961) with Anna Karina for Director Michel Deville, The Girl with the Golden Eyes (1961) with Marie Laforêt, All the Gold in the World (1961) with Bourvil, and Adorable Liar (1961) from Director Deville.


She was reunited with Cassell in Arsène Lupin contre Arsène Lupin (1962) and was one of many names who appeared in Teuf-teuf (1963).


She was in The Gentle Art of Seduction (1964) with Belmondo and Jean-Paul Brialy, with her sister in a support part. Dorleac was one of several French stars in Circle of Love (1964) directed by Roger Vadim, and appeared in a TV show, Les petites demoiselles (1964), directed by Deville and starring de Broca. She also appeared in the comedy films Arsène Lupin contre Arsène Lupin (1962) opposite Jean-Claude Brialy, and Male Hunt (1964), with Belmondo and her sister.


That Man from Rio and Soft Skin were seen widely internationally and Dorleac received an offer to play the female lead in an expensive Hollywood financed epic, Genghis Khan (1965). She was David Niven's love interest in a spy film at MGM, Where the Spies Are (1966).


Dorleac appeared as the adulterous wife in Roman Polanski's black comedy Cul-de-sac (1966), shot in Britain. She returned to France to star in a TV adaption of the Prosper Mérimée novel Julie de Chaverny Ou La double méprise (1966) directed by Marchand. Then she joined Gene Kelly and her sister Catherine, who was a cinematic star by this time, in the candy-coated The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), a colorful homage to the Hollywood musical.


Dorléac was on the brink of international stardom when she died on 26 June 1967 in a motor accident. She lost control of a rented Renault 10 and hit a signpost ten kilometres from Nice at the Villeneuve-Loubet exit of the highway La Provençale. The car flipped over, and burst into flames. She had been en route to Nice airport and was afraid of missing her FLIGHT. She was seen struggling to get out of the car, but was unable to open the door. Police later identified her body only from the fragment of a cheque book, a diary and her driver's license.