French film star Catherine Deneuve hospitalised after 'limited' stroke

Catherine Deneuve smiles during a photo call at the 58th Cannes Film Festival in 2005.
PHOTO: Reuters

PARIS - French actress Catherine Deneuve, 76, was admitted to hospital in Paris after suffering a "limited" stroke, French media reported.

“Catherine Deneuve has suffered a very limited and therefore reversible ischemic stroke. Happily, her motor control has not been affected, she will need a few days’ rest,” AFP celebrity reporter Jean-François Guyot said on his Twitter feed, quoting from a Deneuve family statement sent to AFP by her agent.

Artmedia, the agency representing the actress, confirmed the terms of the statement to Reuters.

Nicknamed the "Ice Maiden" because of her exquisite, fragile beauty and detached manner, Deneuve became France's leading screen actress and a top international star in the 1960s.

She won fame for her portrayal of an umbrella seller's daughter in Jacques Demy's 1963 musical Les Parapluies De Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) for which she won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 1965, she triumphed as a frigid, schizophrenic woman in Polish director Roman Polanski's harrowing Repulsion and in 1968, she was nominated for a Bafta Best Actress award for her role in Belle De Jour.

In 1993, she was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Indochine.

Often described as the embodiment of French womanhood, Deneuve is a fixture at Paris fashion shows and is known for her biting wit.

Last year, she and 99 other French women denounced a backlash against men following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying the #Metoo campaign against sexual harassment amounted to"puritanism".

Deneuve remained active as an actress in recent years and was working on a film this month.

"Either you do cinema or you don't," she told Le Parisien newspaper in an interview in September.

"My mother will turn 108 in a few days. My sisters and I have her genes," she added.

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