Françoise Dorléac

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Françoise Dorléac (born March 21, 1942 in Paris , † June 26, 1967 in Villeneuve-Loubet , Département Alpes-Maritimes ) was a French actress and the older sister of Catherine Deneuve . In her short film career she made a total of 16 films (crime novels, adventure films, but also comedies) and became one of the most popular young actresses in French film.

life and work

Dorléac studied classical dance, later took acting lessons from Raymond Girard and worked at the Paris theater, where she soon celebrated a stage hit as Gigi . With the short film Mensonges she made her cinema debut in 1957 and in You hate and love (Les loups dans la bergerie) she had a small role in a feature film for the first time in 1959. In 1961 she was given the first leading role in The Great Mesh at the side of Jean-Pierre Cassel , with whom she played again in the same year in Also wants to learn to steal together.

She became famous in 1963 with leading roles in two films: the gentle stewardess Nicole, who rejects her married lover, in François Truffaut's elegiac drama The Sweet Skin and the capricious Agnès in Philippe de Broca's comic-book-like comedy Adventure in Rio , in which she co-star Jean -Paul Belmondo ordered around. Roman Polański cast her in 1966 as Teresa in When Katelbach Comes ... She had one of her greatest successes as Solange Garnier in Jacques Demy's musical The Girls of Rochefort , in which she and Catherine Deneuve played twin sisters. This was Dorléac's penultimate film. At the age of 25, she was killed on the way to Nice airport when her rental car crashed at the Villeneuve-Loubet motorway exit and caught fire.



  • Elle s'appelait Françoise. TV documentary, France, 1996, 63 min., Directors: Anne Andreu, Mathias Ledoux, production: Canal + - The book was published to accompany the TV film: Catherine Deneuve, Patrick Modiano : Elle s'appelait Françoise. Canal + Editions, Paris 1996. ISBN 2-226-08838-5 .

Web links

Commons : Françoise Dorléac  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Françoise Dorléac, l'autre demoiselle ... In: Point de Vue . July 4, 2017 ( [accessed May 20, 2018]).
  2. ^ Review of Anne Boulay: "Elle s'appelait Françoise ...", documentaire d'Anne Andreu et de Mathias Ledoux, avec Catherine Deneuve. Dorléac et Deneuve, la Nuit et le Jour. In: Liberation , December 12, 1996