Catherine Deneuve was born in Paris, France, the third of four daughters to stage performers Renée Dorléac (now retired) and the late Maurice Dorléac. She made her screen debut in Les collégiennes (1957), where she was credited as Catherine Dorléac. She began using her mother's maiden name professionally in 1960, in order to differentiate herself from her elder sister, Françoise Dorléac.
Once a Catholic schoolgirl, Deneuve defied convention during her early adulthood. In 1961, at age 17, she moved in with Ukranian director Roger Vadim, who at 33 was twice divorced and almost twice her age. He directed her in Vice and Virtue (1963) and, on June 18, 1963, she gave birth to their son, Christian Vadim, at the age of 19. One month later, the pair split and broke off contact ...» read full biography