Catherine Deneuve has revealed that she holds many of today's top actresses in great esteem.
In an interview with The Philippine Daily Inquirer, the acclaimed French star disclosed that she particularly enjoys those who can easily tackle both stark drama and light comedy.
"I admire Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet," she said. "I like a lot of comedians. I like Cameron Diaz - she's funny and has a very light spirit. That's quite rare nowadays. There are many actresses I admire."
The two-time Academy Award nominee also revealed that Marilyn Monroe ranks as her favourite actress of all time.
She remarked: "Marilyn Monroe has my greatest admiration… She was able to do everything! I saw her as one of the best actresses; she could go from comedy to drama. Being great at both is very difficult. And she was so beautiful. On screen, it was like the light was coming from her."
Deneuve has ranked as one of France's most prominent stars for more than 50 years, winning two César Awards and working with the country's most respected filmmakers, including François Truffaut, Andre Techine, Jacques Demy and Alain Corneau.
The actress is currently starring with Gérard Depardieu in Potiche, which is now playing in US cinemas and opens on June 17 in the UK.