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Elle s'appelait Françoise

The other day I was at my local library and, while looking for books in the "cinema" section, stumbled upon a book called "Elle s'appelait Françoise". I was intrigued by the title and the cover, which shows Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac.

At the time that I found the book I didn't know that Françoise Dorleac, who starred in the 1967 movie "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort" with Catherine Deneuve as one of two sisters who live in Rochefort, was Catherine Deneuve's sister in real life. An 18 months difference between the two, with Françoise being the elder.

The book was written by Catherine Deneuve and Patrick Modiano as a tribute to Françoise, whose life was cut short in June of 1967 when she lost control of her car while driving to the airport in Nice.

I'm sharing a few of my favorite photos of her from the book, captured with my camera. Not only was she talented but she possessed a self-confident, effortless beauty - very French - that I think a lot of young women of today admire or strive to obtain.

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The photo at the top is of Catherine Deneuve and Françoise with their father, Maurice Dorlèac. Very charming, eternally stylish. The second photo is another favorite - the fringe is brilliant. [I admit that about three or four years ago my hairstylist Christophe cut my hair into a slightly manga-inspired coif with heart-shaped bags similar to those. I'm very much tempted to do the heart-shaped fringe again. Think I will, at my next appointment.]

{photo source: Elle s'appelait Françoise, Canal+ Editions}

Posted on February 11, 2010 |

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