Mother of Catherine Deneuve and world’s oldest actress, Renée Simonot is dead

She was 109 years old.

This July 11, 2021, Renée-Jeanne Deneuve, known by her artist name Renee simonot, died at the age of 109, reports Le Figaro. An actress for more than a century (she made her debut in 1918 at the age of 7) this granddaughter of a theater blower was quite simply the dean of world cinema. And incidentally the mother of Catherine Deneuve and of Françoise Dorléac.

After having a first daughter, Danielle, from a complicated relationship with Aimé Clariond, Renée met during the 1930s Maurice Dorléac, MGM actor, whom she married during the war and with whom she had three other daughters, including Catherine and Françoise, who tragically died at the age of 25 in a terrible car accident in 1967, near Nice. The great drama of his life.

Playing in particular The Cid by Corneille, Wise women by Molière or even Wretched by Victor Hugo on the stage of the Odéon, Renee simonot was also known as one of the first actresses to do dubbing, from the beginning of talking cinema, lending her voice to Olivia de Havilland and especially to Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. In the early 1990s, she still dubbed Winona Ryder in Edward Scissorhands by Tim Burton.

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