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A collection of quotes and sayings by Catherine Deneuve on beauty, game, character, intelligence, woman, world, reality, love, films, regret, pets, book, and theater

78 Insightful Quotes By Catherine Deneuve, The Ice Queen Of French Cinema

Quick Facts

Famous As: French Actress

Born On: October 22, 1943

Born In: Paris, France

Catherine Deneuve is a celebrated French actress, producer, model, and occasional singer. She rose to fame with her roles of aloof and mysteries beauties for a number of directors like Roma Polanski, Luis Bunuel, and Francois Truffaut. She became the official face of ‘Marianne,’ France’s national symbol of liberty in 1985, succeeding Mireille Mathieu. She is an ardent supporter of several liberal causes. Some of her notable works include, ‘Indochine,’ ‘Scene of the Crime,’ ‘The Last Metro,’ ‘Place Vendome,’ ‘The Midwife,’ ‘8 Women,’ ‘The April Fools,’ ‘My Favourite Season,’ etc. We have curated a list of noteworthy quotations and sayings by Catherine Deneuve which have been extracted from her movies, works, interviews, dialogues, utterances, thoughts and life. Presenting some juiciest quips, motivational and enlightening thoughts and quotes by Catherine Deneuve.

A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It's the same qualities I require from a man.

Catherine Deneuve

I get irritated, nervous, very tense or stressed, but never bored.

Catherine Deneuve

Cinema is still a very young art form with extraordinary techniques and very impressive special effects but sometimes it seems the soul has been taken out of things.

Catherine Deneuve

Love is suffering. One side always loves more.

Catherine Deneuve

Prostitution happens to you because of troubles you had. In reality no woman would choose to do that.

Catherine Deneuve

I like being famous when it's convenient for me and completely anonymous when it's not.

Catherine Deneuve

Being an actress is a very physical thing. If I didn't look the way I looked, I would never have started in films.

Catherine Deneuve

I love to not work. I like to travel. I work maybe half the year, no more.

Catherine Deneuve

I go to the movies a lot, and I regret when I see some actor that I used to like, to find them offering no more surprises.

Catherine Deneuve

I admire directors so much, I find them incredible: they manage such a huge number of people of different characters, think of the money involved.

Catherine Deneuve

I had mice that I kept as pets when I was very young, and I've always liked the way they look. Even rats. I'm not scared of them.

Catherine Deneuve

You can express a lot of things, a lot of action without speaking.

Catherine Deneuve

I cannot imagine having a physical relationship with a woman. I have not done that. But I really love women.

Catherine Deneuve

To wait, for an actor, is not like someone who's waiting to see the doctor. It's not the kind of wait where you get bored.

Catherine Deneuve

The story is more important to me than the part.

Catherine Deneuve

I don't enjoy. I suffer from enjoying. It's very Christian.

Catherine Deneuve

This book was company for me - I wrote these things when I was in hotels, far from where I normally live. I never intended to publish it.

Catherine Deneuve

It's very difficult for me to speak about being an actor.

Catherine Deneuve

Directors have to push me. I have to be pushed up. Not all the time, but often.

Catherine Deneuve

Sometimes it's more difficult to do very simple, low-key films.

Catherine Deneuve

I don't live that much with the character. I find it hard enough having to spend so many hours with the character during the day.

Catherine Deneuve

Being a film actor is very different from a theatre actor.

Catherine Deneuve

You get involved with a character after spending a long time waiting, and this demands a lot of energy and concentration.

Catherine Deneuve

People who know me know I'm strong, but I'm vulnerable.

Catherine Deneuve

On Belle de Jour, the producer was very protective. It was very hard for me.

Catherine Deneuve

Truffaut loved actresses, and he was very intense. All the actresses I knew wanted to do a film with him.

Catherine Deneuve

That's what I like about film-it can be bizarre, classic, normal, romantic. Cinema is to me the most versatile thing.

Catherine Deneuve

Mississippi Mermaid was a very special experience because we only had the dialogues for the scenes we were shooting the night before.

Catherine Deneuve

I wouldn't say no to being in a film with Jude Law. I love English actors.

Catherine Deneuve

Actors have to be there and do the work, and that's enough.

Catherine Deneuve

I always try to keep that feeling of being on the edge. I'm afraid of knowing too well and seeming mechanical.

Catherine Deneuve

Polanski was very precise. I think he still is.

Catherine Deneuve

I live very normally, I go out with my friends, we go to the movies, I queue, we go to restaurants.

Catherine Deneuve

I love to do very long and complicated scenes.

Catherine Deneuve

In America you need a bodyguard to go out.

Catherine Deneuve

There are relatively few role models for young people. We are in a society that is ruled by men.

Catherine Deneuve

Opportunities are often things you haven't noticed the first time around.

Catherine Deneuve

I don't see any reason for marriage when there is divorce.

Catherine Deneuve

I choose my roles carefully.

Catherine Deneuve

Acting is also working with people who invite you into their dreams and trust you with their innermost being.

Catherine Deneuve

Film is a very young art that is still evolving. Soon, we shall reach a balance between content and technology.

Catherine Deneuve

Lesbians and gays... they still have to fight, even inside. It's not that simple, even if they seem to be accepted.

Catherine Deneuve

I was never a dangerous woman. I'm not the prissy blonde woman that could take your husband away.

Catherine Deneuve

I'm lucky; people write scripts for me.

Catherine Deneuve

Even if there are a lot women in films, there are few who are lesbians, that people know about.

Catherine Deneuve

To have a public life, you still have the right to a private life.

Catherine Deneuve

Even if a woman is abused a very long time ago, it comes out in her life in a negative way.

Catherine Deneuve

All women who kill or have sexual obsessions or who are prostitutes have trouble with their fathers.

Catherine Deneuve

Sex is a big question mark. It is something people will talk about forever.

Catherine Deneuve

Some people fall in love with their co-stars and feel things that they never thought they would feel for them because they are touching.

Catherine Deneuve

I think anything that has to do with sexuality makes people very interested.

Catherine Deneuve

I love vampire stories. That's why I did the movie. Women especially were taken with that movie-even more so when it came out on video.

Catherine Deneuve

I have been involved in some films other actresses would not have done.

Catherine Deneuve

It has been very erotic and provocative for people to wonder about my feelings for women.

Catherine Deneuve

Marriage is obsolete and a trap.

Catherine Deneuve

People don't know very much about me. They do not know what really goes on in my private life.

Catherine Deneuve

I am frivolous. Then I feel guilty.

Catherine Deneuve

It's always difficult to play a scene of physical violence because you're always afraid that you don't know your own strength and might hurt someone.

Catherine Deneuve

I like some of the early silent films because I love to watch how actors had to play then. What would interest me today is to do a silent film.

Catherine Deneuve

I think the clothes in Belle de Jour are very important to the style of the film. Even today, it is still timeless.

Catherine Deneuve

I'm not an admirer of action movies. I just think, Oh my God, it must be so tiring.

Catherine Deneuve

I have no physical courage, I've asked for a double.

Catherine Deneuve

Bjork is a very original, interesting person. I like her very much.

Catherine Deneuve

I like all these little animals that run and eat and hide all the time. I like their faces, They seem to be scared and curious at the same time.

Catherine Deneuve

You suffer as an actor. It's difficult to be an actor and live a good life, especially today.

Catherine Deneuve

I never hoped that both my children would become actors. I expected them to do something else.

Catherine Deneuve

I've always been able to decide what was more important at different points in my life, but I never gave up personal things to work, never.

Catherine Deneuve

I didn't devote my life to acting. I give a lot to my work, but my life has always been more important.

Catherine Deneuve

I would have liked maybe to be in architecture or painting, something connected to the fine arts.

Catherine Deneuve

I can be very critical on myself and on other people; I can be very demanding.

Catherine Deneuve

When I first see the dailies, I look only at myself, but then you start to see the scene.

Catherine Deneuve

A lot of actors don't like to see how they've done every day.

Catherine Deneuve

Being an actor means being an instrument for someone else. I want to give myself completely.

Catherine Deneuve

I have a strong sense of responsibility. I like to be directed, it's true. If I didn't like that, I'd do something else.

Catherine Deneuve

People expect a lot more from someone they think looks interesting. It's a burden.

Catherine Deneuve

I did important films when I was very young.

Catherine Deneuve

I'm not always the nicest person to meet, because I forget very easily that I'm an actress when I'm not working.

Catherine Deneuve