An undated photo of French actress Catherine Deneuve.
The star of such international hits as "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "Repulsion," "Belle de Jour" and "The Last Metro," Deneuve has been lighting up screens for nearly six decades, during which she has been proclaimed the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, with nary a dissenting voice from anyone (except herself).
A two-time winner of the French Cesar Award for Best Actress, and an Oscar-nominee for "Indochine," she has made more than 100 films, the latest of which is "On My Way," about a woman jettisoning her troubled life and taking to the road.
By CBSNews.com senior producer David Morgan
An undated modeling photo of French actress Catherine Deneuve.
Born in 1943 in Paris, Catherine Fabienne Dorleac was the daughter of actor Maurice Dorleac and actress Renee Deneuve. Catherine took her mother's maiden name when she began taking small roles in films, at which time the natural brunette became famously blonde.
Deneuve and Vadim
Actress Catherine Deneuve and director Roger Vadim during the opening of Vadim's film, "Castle in Sweden," in France, 1963.
Deneuve, who starred in Vadim's 1963 film, "Vice and Virtue," gave birth to their son, Christian.
Catherine DeneuveActress Catherine Deneuve poses for the camera in 1963.
"Male Hunt"Catherine Deneuve with Claude Rich in the comedy "Male Hunt" (1964), directed by Edouard Molinaro ("La Cage aux Folles").
"The Umbrellas of Cherbourg"
At age 19 Catherine Deneuve was speeding to international stardom in Jacques Demy's "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964). The musical won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for five Oscars.
She told CBS News correspondent Bob Simon it was her favorite film -- and that her life changed after it.
"Repulsion"Catherine Deneuve in Roman Polanski's 1965 horror film, "Repulsion."
"Belle de Jour"
Catherine Deneuve starred as an elegant, affluent woman who works as a prostitute in the afternoons in director Luis Bunuel's "Belle de Jour" (1967). Deneuve was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress, and Bunuel won the director's prize at the Venice Film Festival.
"Belle de Jour"
Bob Simon asked Deneuve, "What was it like for you when you acted in your first really steamy movie?"
"What would be a steamy movie?" she asked.
"A steamy movie would be 'Belle de Jour.'"
"Ah, Sex. Well, she's a very restrained, sophisticated person doing things that is a big contrast with who she seems to be."
"But it was a new kind of role for you."
"Yeah, but I think that was part of the attraction to the character."
Catherine DeneuveActress Catherine Deneuve in the 1960s.
"The Young Girls of Rochefort"Catherine Deneuve reteamed with "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" director Jacques Demy, Francoise Dorleac, George Chakiris, Gene Kelly and Michel Piccoli in "The Young Girls of Rochefort" (1967).
"Benjamin"Catherine Deneuve starred, as the Comtesse Gabrielle de Valandry, opposite Pierre Clementi in "Benjamin" (a.k.a. "Diary of an Innocent Boy") (1968).
"Manon 70"Catherine Deneuve and Jean-Claude Brialy in "Manon 70" (1968).
"Mayerling"Catherine Deneuve and Omar Sharif in the costume drama "Mayerling" (1968).
"La Chamade"In the 1968 "La Chamade" (a.k.a. "Heartbeat"), Catherine Deneuve played the mistress of an older businessman who picks up with a younger lover (Roger Van Hool).
Catherine DeneuveFrench actress Catherine Deneuve on the set of "La Chamade" in France, 1968.
"The April Fools"Catherine Deneuve made a rare sojourn into Hollywood films with "The April Fools" (1969), starring opposite Jack Lemmon. They played unhappily-marrieds who hook up at a party.
Catherine Deneuve and Jean-Paul Belmondo in "Mississippi Mermaid" (1969), Francois Truffaut's adaptation of a Cornell Woolrich mystery about a mail order bride, blackmail and murder.
Truffaut, the reigning king of French cinema, became Deneuve's lover, and is said to have broken down in 1970 when she left him.But 10 years later, Truffaut directed Deneuve in the critically-acclaimed "The Last Metro."
"Tristana"For Luis Bunuel's "Tristana" (1970), Catherine Deneuve played a woman caught between her aristocrat-guardian and a young artist (Franco Nero).
"Donkey Skin"Jacques Demy's 1970 fairy tale "Donkey Skin" starred Catherine Deneuve as a woman seeking to camouflage her beauty to avoid an unwanted marriage.
"It Only Happens to Others"In the 1971 drama "It Only Happens to Others," about a couple who suffer the loss of their baby, Catherine Deneuve and Italian star Marcello Mastroianni were paired for the first time. He would become her lover and the father of her daughter, Chiara. The affair lasted four years.
"Liza"Deneuve and Mastroianni's next film together was "Liza" (a.k.a. "Love to Eternity") (1972).
Deneuve and Mastroianni
A January 1972 photo of actors Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni. Deneuve was at Mastroianni's bedside when he died, at age 72, in 1996.
When asked by Bob Simon what she could say about Mastroianni, Deneuve replied, "Not much. I mean, not much that I would like to say. A great personality and a very shy, very modest person with a great sense of humor."
ChanelIn the early 1970s Catherine Deneuve became the face of Chanel in print ads and commercials.
"Le Sauvage"Catherine Deneuve received her first Cesar nomination (the French equivalent of the Oscar) for the comedy, "Le Sauvage" (1975), playing a bride-to-be running away from the altar into the arms of Yves Montand, with whom she is marooned on an island.
"Hustle"Robert Aldrich's "Hustle" (1975) starred Burt Reynolds as an LAPD detective whose girlfriend, a prostitute (Catherine Deneuve), may be connected to a murder.
"L'argent des autres"Catherine Deneuve and Jean-Louis Trintignant in the banking scandal drama "L'argent des autres (a.k.a. "Other People's Money")" (1978).
"Ecoute Voir"Catherine Deneuve starred in the 1979 detective thriller, "Ecoute Voir."
"The Last Metro"
Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve in Francois Truffaut's "The Last Metro" (1980). She played a Parisian movie theater owner hiding her husband during the German occupation. Deneuve won the Cesar for her performance.
"Je Vois Aime"Catherine Deneuve and Serge Gainsbourg sing "Dieu est un fumeur de havanes" in Claude Berri's romantic comedy-drama, "Je Vois Aime" (1980). Deneuve played a woman who gathers the four men she's loved (Gainsbourg, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Gerard Depardieu and Alain Souchon) for a New Year's Eve dinner, recalling in flashbacks their relationships.
"Choice of Arms"Yves Montand and Catherine Deneuve in the crime thriller "Choice of Arms" (1981).
"The Hunger"In Tony Scott's "The Hunger" (1983), Catherine Deneuve played a centuries-old vampire whose quest for blood leads her to Susan Sarandon.
Nearing age 50, Catherine Deneuve played an unmarried plantation owner who raises a Vietnamese orphan (Linh Dan Pham) in French Indochina, in "Indochine." She was again awarded the Cesar, and she received her first (and only) Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.