Monday, October 22, 2012
Girl of the Day - Deneuve!
It's Catherine Deneuve's 69th birthday. It's hard to imagine how there has ever been a more beautiful movie actress, although it would make for an interesting essay (one I have no time to write) whether some actresses are just too beautiful... thus, you can imagine a beautiful but imperfect or idiosyncratic-looking Meryl Streep playing a lot of different kinds of roles, but if Deneuve or Grace Kelly or Jacqueline Bisset are on screen, it's hard to get around the fact that they are head-spinningly beautiful. For instance, you can't imagine them playing the role Streep played in Deer Hunter of a working-class girl working in a grocery store married to a boy who works in the steel mill and then gets drafted to go to Vietnam. If Deneuve was working in a grocery store, about the only narrative you can imagine would be that she would be discovered by a modeling agency and be on the cover of Vogue within a month or two.