With the new release of her classic film, Belle De Jour, coming later this month, actress Catherine Deneuve is set to add yet another award to her illustrious career.
TOH is reporting that Deneuve will be receiving the Chaplin Award, given by the Film Society Of Lincoln Center, at an event in New York on April 2. With the actress’ 100th film, Un Conte De Noel, shot back in 2008, the honor comes at a perfect time, when the actress (who has worked with the likes of Roman Polanski and Francois Truffaut) is on the tips of everyone’s tongue. Deneuve is the 31st person to receive the award.
Personally, this is a great honor bestowed upon an actress who truly couldn’t be more deserving. With a cavalcade of brilliant performances under her belt, Deneuve is one of cinema’s brightest stars, and an actress who will never be forgotten. Tossing her name amongst the likes of Hitchcock and Fellini (two previous award winners) only goes to confirm just that.
Here’s the full press release:
FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES
CATHERINE DENEUVE AS RECIPIENT OF THE 39TH ANNUAL CHAPLIN AWARD
AWARD WILL BE PRESENTED APRIL 2
New York, NY (January 11, 2012) –The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Academy Award-nominee Catherine Deneuve will be honored at the 39th Annual Chaplin Award Gala held in Alice Tully Hall on the evening of Monday, April 2, 2012. The event will be attended by a host of notable guests and celebrities honoring the international film legend’s groundbreaking career and will feature film and interview clips culminating in the presentation of The Chaplin Award.
“The Board is very excited to have Catherine Deneuve as the next recipient of The Chaplin Award,” said Ann Tenenbaum, The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Board Chairman. “She is not simply one of the screen’s greatest and most iconic beauties and muse to some of international cinemas most notable auteurs, but has delivered rich and complex characters that continue to live with us for five decades now. It will be an honor to showcase her amazing body of work.”
The Film Society’s Annual Gala began in 1972 and honored Charles Chaplin ‘“ who returned to the US from exile to accept the commendation. Since then, the award has been renamed for Chaplin, and has honored many of the film industry’s most notable talents, including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas and most recently, Sidney Poitier.
“It will be an honor to have Catherine Deneuve join our list of past honorees. It will be a joy to create an evening of style and grace befitting such an iconic screen presence,” said FSLC Executive Director Rose Kuo.
Born to parents who were French actors, Deneuve’s acting career has spanned five decades beginning with THE DOOR SLAMS (Les Portes Claquet) (1960) and followed by her acclaimed performance in Jacques Demy’s romantic classic THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964).
During the 1960s and ’70s, Deneuve became an unforgettable presence in films such as Roman Polanski’s REPULSION (1965), Demy’s and Agnes Vardas’ THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (1967), Terence Young’s MAYERLING (1968), FranÃ§ois Truffaut’s MISSISSIPPI MERMAID (La Siréne du Mississippi) (1969), Stuart Rosenberg’s THE APRIL FOOLS (1969), and Luis Bunuel’s BELLE DE JOUR (1967) and TRISTANA (1970).
Other notable films leading into the 80’s were Demy’s DONKEY SKIN (Peau d’Ã¢ne) (1970), Jean-Pierre Melville’s DIRTY MONEY (Un Flic) (1971), Robert Aldrich’s HUSTLE (1975), Claude Berri’s I LOVE YOU ALL (Je vous aime) (1980), Truffaut’s THE LAST METRO (Le Dernier Métro) (1980) ‘“ for which she won the César Award for Best Actress, and Tony Scott’s THE HUNGER (1983).
Deneuve received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress (and won her second César Award) for her role in INDOCHINE (1992). 1995’s THE CONVENT (O convento) for acclaimed Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira followed. Lars von Trier’s DANCER IN THE DARK (2000) was another high point among her recent films, as well as her work in FranÃ§ois Ozon’s 8 WOMEN (8 Femmes) (2002), de Oliveira’s I’M GOING HOME (Je rentre la maison) (2001), A TALKING PICTURE (Une Filme falado) (2003) Vincent paronnaud’s and Marjane Satrapi’s PERSEPOLIS (2008) and Arnaud Despléchin’s A CHRISTMAS TALE (2008). Most recently, she reteamed with Ozon to star in the comedy POTICHE (2010).
Denueve has a son, Christian Vadim (with the director, Roger Vadim) and a daughter, Chiara Mastroianni (with actor Marcello Mastroianni).