Françoise Dorléac  

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Françoise Dorléac (21 March 1942 – 26 June 1967) was a French actress.

Born in Paris, she was the daughter of screen actor Maurice Dorléac and Renée Deneuve, and was the elder sister of Catherine Deneuve. The two sisters starred together in the 1967 musical, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort.

Her films include Philippe de Broca's movie L'homme de Rio, François Truffaut's La peau douce and Roman Polanski's Cul-de-sac.


Françoise Dorléac died when she lost control of the rented Renault 10 she was driving and hit a sign post ten kilometers from Nice at the end of the Esterel-Côte d'Azur motorway. The car flipped over, and burst into flames. She had been en route to Nice airport and was afraid of missing her flight. Dorléac was seen struggling to get out of the car, but was unable to open the door. Police later identified her body only from the fragment of a cheque book, a diary and her driving license.

Dorléac had intended to fly to Paris, then on to London to complete work on the film Billion Dollar Brain. She was then to have stayed in Britain for the premiere of The Young Girls of Rochefort.


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