French star Deneuve hospitalised by stroke


Catherine Deneuve attends a photocall for 'Un Conte de Noel' during the 61st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 16, 2008. Photo by Hahn-Nebinger-Orban/ABACAPRESS.COM.

French actress Catherine Deneuve, 76, has been admitted to hospital in Paris after suffering a stroke, according to reports.

Deneuve, 76, had suffered a "very limited and therefore reversible" stroke, the AFP agency quoted the statement as saying.

The actress had been on set on Tuesday for her latest film, with director Emmannuelle Bercot, French newspaper Le Parisien reported.

Deneuve has been a major figure of French cinema since she shot to prominence as the young co-star in the colourful 1964 musical romance "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

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

A source told Variety that Deneuve's associates were reporting that her condition was not alarming. Italian news agency ANSA quoted a source saying the actress was suffering from "fatigue."

Le Parisien, which is among France's oldest dailies, did not specify which hospital Deneuve was taken to.

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