Sunday, September 28, 2008
Françoise Dorléac: She was the daughter of screen actor Maurice Dorléac and elder sister of the better-known Catherine Deneuve. The two sisters starred together in the 1967 musical, Les demoiselles de Rochefort. She was made famous by Philippe de Broca's movie L'homme de Rio, François Truffaut's La Peau Douce and Roman Polanski's Cul-de-sac, but her career was cut short by her tragic death in a car crash. Dorléac was killed when she crashed her car ten miles from Nice. She had been en route to Nice airport when her Renault sports car hit a signpost at the end of the Esterel-Cote d'Azur auto-route, flipped over, and burst into flames. Dorléac was seen struggling to get out of the car, but was unable to open the door. Police later identified her body only from the fragment of a cheque book, a diary and her driving licence. She was 27 years-old.