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French film star Catherine Deneuve hospitalised after stroke

Actor Catherine Deneuve arrives for the fashion house Saint Laurent's show during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France, September 25, 2018.
Actor Catherine Deneuve arrives for the fashion house Saint Laurent's show during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France, September 25, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo

French actress Catherine Deneuve, 76, has been admitted to hospital in Paris after suffering a mild stroke while filming her latest movie.

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Deneuve's family said in a statement released Wednesday that the 76-year-old actress suffered a "very limited and therefore reversible" stroke. The statement, by the actress' representative, Artmedia, says "fortunately, she has no motor deficits (but) must, of course, take some time to rest."

Deneuve was hospitalised in Paris but the family did not disclose the name of the facility. Deneuve has been filming "De son vivant" directed by Emmanuelle Bercot

Nicknamed the "Ice Maiden" because of her exquisite, fragile beauty and detached manner, Deneuve became France's leading screen actress and a top international star in the 1960s.

She won fame for her portrayal of an umbrella seller's daughter in Jacques Demy's 1963 musical "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg" (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) for which she won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 1965, she triumphed as a frigid, schizophrenic woman in Polish director Roman Polanski's harrowing "Repulsion" and, in 1968, she was nominated for a BAFTA Best Actress award for her role in "Belle de Jour". In 1993, she was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in "Indochine".

Often described as the embodiment of French womanhood, the blonde Deneuve was a fixture at Paris fashion shows and was known for her biting wit.

Last year, she and 99 other French women denounced a backlash against men following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying the #Metoo campaign against sexual harassment amounted to "puritanism".

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

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