France’s Catherine Deneuve hospitalized following stroke
PARIS (AFP) — The veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve is in a Paris hospital after suffering a small stroke, her family told AFP Wednesday.
The 76-yearold screen icon who made her name in such classic films as Luis Bunuel’s “Belle de Jour,” Roman Polanski’s “Repulsion” and Jacques Demy’s “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” had a “very limited stroke which is reversible,” her family said in a statement.
“Happily she has no loss of motor function, although she will of course have to rest for a while,” said the statement, issued on behalf of her family by her agent Claire Blondel.
Deneuve is arguably the most famous French actress of all time, having starred in more than 100 films, most recently alongside Juliette Binoche in Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “The Truth.”
The actress had been shooting her latest film, “De son vivant” (“In her/his Lifetime”) when she was taken ill.
A source had earlier told the French television news channel BFMTV that Deneuve was suffering from “exhaustion after doing too much.”
As the news of her stroke broke, fans took to social media to post get-well-soon messages and photographs of the star in her prime.
Known in her youth as the “ice queen” for her cool, perfect blonde looks, the director Francois Truffaut said Deneuve was so beautiful “that a cinema-goer finds his happiness simply by looking at her.”