Inspirational Images: Françoise Dorléac

1960s, backcombing, Françoise Dorléac, hair

One of my favourite images, possibly ever.

Sisters, sisters…

Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac, jackie collins, jenny boyd, joan collins, judy geeson, lillian gish, loretta young, lynn redgrave, Pattie Boyd, sally geeson
Judy and Sally Geeson

…never were there such devoted sisters…. I only have brothers so I can’t even imagine what it must be like to have a sister. I always wanted one when I was younger, mainly because my brothers seemed like a pain in the backside a lot of the time (as I’m sure I was to them). Although I love them both dearly, they always had each other and I felt deprived of such a partner in crime. But I guess I’ve also benefitted from never having that kind of competitiveness. This post is pretty much just an excuse to post pictures of a few glamorous famous sisters…

Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac

Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave

Loretta Young, Sally Blane and Polly Ann Young

Patricia and Rosanna Arquette

Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave

Loretta Young and Sally Blane

Jackie and Joan Collins

Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac

Jenny and Pattie Boyd

Lillian and Dorothy Gish

Olivia De Havilland and Joan Fontaine

Joan and Jackie Collins

Jenny and Pattie Boyd

Joan Fontaine and Olivia De Havilland

La Peau Douce

films, François Truffaut, Françoise Dorléac, hair, la peau douce, sixties

A wonderful Valentine’s Day trip to the NFT to see François Truffaut’s La Peau Douce has really done nothing constructive to abate my current hair dissatisfaction. I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it many times more, I want Françoise Dorléac’s hair. I know she must have had assistance from clever stylists and plenty of extra hair added, it’s a continuity nightmare, but still. I want.

A brilliant film, highly recommended. It’s on until the 17th February and is also available on DVD.

Fashion Icon: Françoise Dorléac

Catherine Deneuve, fashion icon of the moment, Françoise Dorléac, picture spam, sixties
As promised, picture spam of the incroyable Françoise Dorléac. The photo above makes me want to break out the hair dye…

Les demoiselles de Rochefort

Catherine Deneuve, films, Françoise Dorléac, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, sixties

I really do love Lovefilm. Watched Les Demoiselles de Rochefort avec Monsieur M l’autre weekend, and instantly fell for the beautiful Françoise Dorléac. I knew (very vaguely) that she had died young, but reading up on it is so horribly sad.

Her premature death, aged 25, in a car crash outside Nice in 1967 (not long after completing Les Demoiselles) prevented Françoise from attaining the international recognition which would, eventually, come so easily to her younger sister Catherine Deneuve. She was as great a beauty and as talented an actress. I must see more!

Les Demoiselles… is a lovely, fanciful film by Jacques Demy about twin sisters who seek fame and love in Paris, if only they can leave Rochefort. Musical numbers abound, none of them overwhelmingly memorable, but enjoyable nonetheless. There’s even Gene Kelly! It’s got that sorbet Sixties feel, similar to something like Summer Holiday, which feels rather outdated for 1967 but seems to work within the deliciously strange world of the film.

I also rather enjoyed the clear referencing of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a clip of which I have placed at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!

I will do a proper picture spam of Françoise later…