On the occasion of the upcoming release of the film Bernadettein which she plays the title role of Bernadette Chirac, Catherine Deneuve was Pierre Lescure’s guest on the show Nice gesturebroadcast Sunday September 24, 2023 on France 2. During the show, the actress takes the former president of the Cannes Film Festival to the tropical greenhouse of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, and confides in certain periods of his life, or the events that marked his career. She also raised a sensitive subject: the death of her sister Françoise Dorléac, who died suddenly in a car accident. She couldn’t hide her emotion. Indeed, his sister disappeared on June 26, 1967, in a terrible road accident. While archive images where we see her next to her sister are broadcast, Catherine Deneuve has difficulty containing her emotion.
“It will never leave me”
“She’s so cute.” then commented Catherine Deneuve while watching the video. “It’s adorable. It’s moving. She’s so, so charming. And physically, when I see her like that, she’s so modern” did she say. “Is it still heavy to talk about her?” Pierre Lescure then asked, noting the visible emotion of the actress. “Heavy, that’s not the word, but it will never leave me” she agrees. “We live with it.” The journalist then asks her if she would have continued in the world of cinema if her sister, also an actress, was still alive. “So, I don’t know at all. I can be optimistic at times, say to myself ‘but yes, we might have made films together much later’ she explained. It is also in relation to his sister that Catherine Deneuve did not keep her name Dorléac. “It was my mother who said that. Because for the film The Young Ladies of Rochefortshe said: ‘We can’t say Dorléac and Dorléac'” explained the actress. “Deneuve, I don’t really like it. It’s too many ‘e’s, it’s not round… I don’t know. Maybe I regret not having taken it again.” However, it is indeed under this name that the actress is known and recognized.