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Françoise Dorléac

1942 - 1967

The actress Françoise Dorléac was on the best way to become an international star when the destiny unforseen adopted a different way. Today Françoise Dorléac is known as the older sister of Catherine Deneuve in the first place.

Françoise Dorléac came early in contact with the film business because her father was also an actor. She had her first theater performacnes at the age of 10.
At the age of 18 she made her film debut with "Les loups dans la bergerie" (60), it followed the movies "Les portes claquent" (60) - together with her sister Catherine Deneuve, "Ce soir ou jamais" (60), "Tout l'or du monde" (61), "La fille aux yeux d'or" (61), "La gamberge" (62) and "Arsène Lupin contre Arsène Lupin" (62).

She had one of her greatest successes at Jean-Paul Belmondo's with the movie "L'homme de Rio - Der Mann von Rio" (64). Other popular productions were "La peau douce" (64), "La ronde" (64), "La chasse à l'homme" (64) - again with Catherine Deneuve and "Genghis Khan - Dschingis Khan" (65).

She had her international breakthrough in 1965 with the movie "Where the Spies Are" with David Niven, it followed the movie "Cul-de-sac" (66) directed by Roman Polanski.

Françoise Dorléac took part in three more movies in the last year of her life - "Julie de Chaverny ou La double méprise" (67) in the leading role, "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort" (67) with Catherine Deneuve - this movie meant the height of her career at the same time - and finally "Billion Dollar Brain" (67) with Michael Caine.

One month after the end of the shooting of "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort" she was killed in an accident with her sports car on June 26, 1967 in Nizza where she burnt.