Catherine Deneuve

Deneuve in 2011, Featureflash /

Birth Name: Catherine Fabienne Dorléac

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: 22 October, 1943

Ethnicity: French, as well as one eighth Swiss-French and 1/16th Swiss-Italian

Catherine Deneuve is a French actress, singer, model, and producer. She is fluent in French, Italian, and English, and is semi-fluent in German. She has starred in the films The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Belle de Jour, Tristana, and Indochine, among many others.

Catherine is the daughter of actress and voice artist Renée Simonot (born Jeanne Renée Deneuve) and Georges Maurice Edmond Dorléac. She has two children, actor Christian Vadim, with her former partner, director and screenwriter Roger Vadim; and actress and singer Chiara Mastroianni, with her former partner, actor Marcello Mastroianni.

Her sister was actress Françoise Dorléac.

Catherine’s paternal grandfather was Alphonse Dorleac (the son of Gabriel Jean Dorleac and Armance Landry). Alphonse was born in Paris. Gabriel was the son of Jean Vedian Dorleac and Jeanne Marie Bouffartigue. Armance was the daughter of Louis Landry and Françoise Marguerite Chamot.

Catherine’s paternal grandmother was Berthe Marie Smout (the daughter of Rodolphe Smout and Alexandrine Jaquet). Berthe was born in Paris. Rodolphe was the son of Marie-Elisabeth Joseph Smout. Alexandrine was born in Billens, Switzerland, the daughter of Auguste Jacquet and Louise Criblet.

Catherine’s maternal grandfather was Joseph-Sévère Deneuve (the son of Jean Sevère Deneuve and Joséphine Delphine Clémentine Gournay). Catherine’s grandfather Joseph-Sévère was born in Fécamp, Seine-Maritime, Normandy, France. Catherine’s great-grandfather Jean Sevère was the son of Jean Sévère Deneuve and Marie-Anne Noël. Joséphine was the daughter of Charles François Joseph Gournay and Céleste Catherine Paimparay.

Catherine’s maternal grandmother was Antoinette Jeanne Schenardi (the daughter of Antoine Joseph Schenardi and Nelly Jeanne Déhais). Catherine’s grandmother Jeanne was born in Bolbec, Seine-Maritime, Normandy, France. Antoine was the son of Pierre Dominique Schenardi, who was born, c. 1803, in Roveredo, Switzerland, and of Nymphe Valentine Eulalie David. Nelly was the daughter of Georges Pierre Dehais and Marie Joséphine Véronique Tafournel.

Sources: Genealogies of Catherine Deneuve –

Genealogy of Catherine’s maternal grandfather, Joseph-Sévère Deneuve –


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6 Responses

  1. transemacabre says:

    Alexandine Jacquet was born in Billens, Switzerland, to Auguste Jacquet and Louise Criblet.

    Paris, France, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1555-1929 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2021.

  2. andrew says:

    she adopted the surname of her mother, she was born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac

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