Renée Dorléac, the French actress and mom of actresses Catherine Deneuve, Francoise Dorléac and Sylvie Dorléac, has died aged 109 in Paris, her household has confirmed to Le Figaro.
Recognized professionally as Renée-Jeanne Simonot, Dorléac was married to actor Maurice Dorléac and was grandmother to actors Christian Vadim and Chiara Mastroianni.
Born in northern France in 1911, she debuted on the Odéon Theatre in Paris on the age of seven. Primarily a stage actress, she remained there for 28 years, holding the publish of “main girl”.
Simonot was one of many first French actresses to start the dubbing of American movies in France from the start of the talkies in 1929 by the Nineteen Thirties. She was the voice of Olivia de Havilland (in most of her movies), Sylvia Sidney, Judy Garland, Donna Reed and Esther Williams, amongst others.
Whereas dubbing for MGM, she met Maurice Dorléac and so they married in 1940.
In an interview carried out in Le Level a couple of months earlier than her 102nd birthday in 2013, she stated: “My previous age isn’t unhappy. I’m fortunate to be very surrounded. There’s not a day the place I don’t get a telephone name or a go to from my kids and grandchildren.”
Simonot had been a widow since 1979 and had not acted because the Second World Warfare. She had one youngster from a earlier marriage.
Her daughter Catherine, who was in Cannes this week for brand spanking new film Peaceable (De Son Vivant), selected to make use of Dorléac’s maiden identify, Deneuve, as her stage identify.