Born 1948 as Dominique Marie-Françoise Renée Varaigne in Paris, French actress and former fashion model Dominique Sanda appeared in such noted European films of the 1970s as Vittorio de Sica’s Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini, Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist and Novecento, and Liliana Cavani’s Beyond Good and Evil. She also appeared in The Mackintosh Man (with Paul Newman) and Steppenwolf (with Max von Sydow).
In 1993, at the Théâtre de la Commune in Aubervilliers, France, Sanda played Melitta in Madame Klein (Mrs. Klein by Nicolas Wright), directed by Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman. In 1995 in Italy, she played the Marquise de Merteuil in Les liaisons dangereuses, based on Choderlos de Laclos’s novel, directed by Mario Monicelli.
From 1995–1996, in France and Belgium, Sanda has been Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, directed by Adrian Brine.
Sanda won the award for Best Actress at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival for her role in the film The Inheritance. She currently lives in Uruguay and travels back and forth to Paris.
Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of young Dominique Sanda in the 1970s.