Catherine Deneuve

A paradigm of Gallic beauty, Catherine Deneuve's flawless features and chilly onscreen persona made her the art house muse of Europe's greatest directors and an unrelenting object of desire for men the world over. Though her talent was undisputed, it was often overshadowed by her extraordinary beauty. Any doubts that she was fated to be a star were dispelled once Jacques Demy cast her in his critically acclaimed feature film musical "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964). Three years later, the French actress became an international movie star after starring as a bored housewife who fulfills her sexual fantasies while working as an afternoon call girl in Luis Bunuel's classic, "Belle de Jour" (1967). Living a glamorous life filled with more than its share of drama and passion, the great beauty proved herself a great artist as well, particularly as she aged and played down that which had made her famous.