Book slams Deneuve's dad

Oct. 18, 2007 at 9:54 PM
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PARIS, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A new book claims the father of French film star Catherine Deneuve made dozens of appearances in radio plays for the pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic station Radio-Paris.

Written by Bernard Violet, the unauthorized biography, "Deneuve, L'Affranchie" or "Deneuve, the Free Woman," asserts that Deneuve's actor father, Maurice Dorleac, was a low-level Nazi collaborator during World War II, Britain's Independent newspaper reported Thursday.

The book also said Dorleac appeared in several propaganda films, including one which praised the political police of the collaborationist Vichy regime.

Dorleac was found guilty after the war of "giving aid to Germany... and damaging the unity of the French nation" and forbidden to work as an actor for six months.

The Independent said Deneuve tried to block the book's publication, but it is now on sale.

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