"Good morning America"
Catherine Deneuve has won a lot of acclaim as a great beauty, an award-winning
actress, but her friend and frequent co-star Gerard Depardieu paid her perhaps
the greatest compliment. He told her, "You're the man I always wanted
to be". Recently, I had a chance to talk with a genuine legend.
She was just a teen-ager in her
earliest movies when she became officially the most beautiful woman in
the world. The French even named her as their national symbol of beauty,
(Clip from Chanel commercial)
Though American audiences know
her best probably from a series of commercials for the perfume Chanel,
she's always been the embodiment of what cosmopolitan men wanted and chic
women wanted to be.
(Clip shown from "Place Vendome")
In her latest film, "Place
Vendome", Deneuve plays a jeweler's widow, a struggling alcoholic
who travels into the dangerous intrigue of the diamond trade and a dangerous
new encounter with a painful old love, a part written for her by the film's
I think that a woman director, she can even go where
it hurts, you know, sometimes, and she doesn't care. She... when she thinks
she wants it for the film, she goes all the way. I think men directors
more can stop before... a little before.
(Clip shown from "Place Vendome")
Do you think heartbreak is good
for you if you survive it ?
I think a heartbreak can make you not a better person, but a more open
person to the o... to others.
Has it happened a lot in your
life ? No.
It HAS happened to me, yes... of course, yes. I'm a... yes, I'm a woman
in love, and I mean, in... my personal life has been, you know, a major
thing in my life, you know. There is always, always an end to... most
of the time to a love story, and I've suffered, yes, I've suffered in
all those years. Yes, I had great pains for love affairs, yes.
In thinking about this film,
and I don't want to give away the ending, but do you think, in general,
most people will sacrifice for love ?
Most people, you mean most women (laughs). I have... I have nothing against
men, but I rarely see a man giving up things, you know, for... for a woman.
I don't think women realize, you know, they're much more crazy than men,
you know. I don't think they give up things, you know, for love...
You think we're a little more
crazy than men ?
Oh, yes. We lose control much more easily than men, I think, yes. A woman
can lose her sense of, uh... (she gestures with her hand to mean a woman
loses her "focus" or "center") for a love story for
a man, yes. I think women can let it go, you know, to their own feelings
and emotions. Men are more in control, yes. But I think it's a shame in
a way. I think it's really a shame. I think you have to listen to the
flow of your... of your emotions, not to be completely taken over by them,
but you have to listen to it. I think it's important... but, um... (a
funny little bewildered look comes over her face). What was your question
I can't remember ! (and they both laugh together)
Did you really say the famous thing that... that, "As a woman gets
older, she has to choose between her bottom and her face" ?
Never. I would never say that... (big frown on her face)
You didn't ? We've been quoting
it for years and attributing it to you.
Never would I say a thing like that. Never.
You wouldn't ?
I would... oh, no, because I believe the choice is not there (laughing).
(laughing) Can you have both,
though ? Are you sure ?
I don't mind that much about the bottom. The truth, I mind more about
the head than the face, yes. (Unintelligible)...at a certain age, you
know, what's in the eyes, what's in your mouth, what's in your smile,
in your capacity of listening to someone and answering someone is at least
as important as just... because looking good at a certain age is not enough.
People expect a little more, you know, after 40 (laughing).
Right. So five years from now,
what would make you perfectly happy ?
But do I want to be perfectly happy ? It's not my goal, really, frankly
to be perfectly happy.
I don't really believe in happiness. I believe in being happy, you know,
having happy moments, but I don't really believe in happiness. It's not
really my... in five years, what could ma... what could fulfill me in
five years ? I think it would be almost the same thing, to still have
my vi... vitality, that would be the major thing.
So there's a rumor all over
Hollywood that you and Sharon Stone are going to do the next "Basic
Instinct", that you're going to be part of it.
Oh really. Which part ? (laughing)
Which part of the... (doesn't finish her sentence because she's laughing)
Uh... I don't know. (laughing)
(with a devilish grin) Am I on top, or is she ?
(At this point, the interviewer doubles over in her
chair laughing. You can hear moans coming from the rest of the off-camera
TV crew, and CD ducks her head with a chuckle).