21 March 1942|
26 June 1967 (aged 25)|
|Cause of death||Car accident|
|Alma mater||French National Academy of Dramatic Arts|
Maurice Dorléac |
Catherine Deneuve (sister)|
Christian Vadim (nephew)
Chiara Mastroianni (niece)
Françoise Dorléac (21 March 1942 – 26 June 1967) was a French actress. She was the daughter of screen actor Maurice Dorléac and Renée Simonot, and the elder sister of Catherine Deneuve. The two sisters starred together in the 1967 musical, The Young Girls of Rochefort. Her other films include Philippe de Broca's movie L'Homme de Rio, François Truffaut's La Peau douce, Roman Polanski's Cul-de-sac and Val Guest's Where the Spies Are.
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.
Dorleac leapt to international stardom with the female lead in That Man from Rio (1964) starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and directed by Philippe de Broca. She followed it with The Soft Skin (1964) directed by Francois Truffaut.
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.
- Les Loups dans la bergerie (1960) - Madeleine
- Les portes claquent (1960) - Dominique (together with her sister Catherine Deneuve)
- Ce soir ou jamais (1961) - Danièle
- La Fille aux yeux d'or (1961) - Katia
- All the Gold in the World (1961) - La journaliste
- Adorable Menteuse (1962)
- The Dance (1962) - Françoise
- Les trois chapeaux claques (1962, TV Movie) - Paula
- Arsène Lupin contre Arsène Lupin (1962) - Nathalie Cartier
- 4 FOIS D - Françoise Dorléac (1964, Short Film) - Herself
- L'Homme de Rio (1964) - Agnès Villermosa
- La Peau douce (1964) - Nicole
- Male Hunt (1964) - Françoise Bicart alias Sandra Rossen
- Les petites demoiselles (1964, TV Movie)
- Genghis Khan (1965) - Bortei
- Where the Spies Are (1966) - Vikki
- Cul-de-sac (1966) - Teresa
- Julie de Chaverny Ou La double méprise (1967, TV Movie) - Julie
- Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967) - Solange Garnier (also with Deneuve)
- Billion Dollar Brain (1967) - Anya (final film role)
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