French actress Catherine Deneuve has been presented with an honorary award at the Cannes Film Festival, in recognition of her life's work and "legendary" status.

The prestigious festival's president GILLES JACOB singled out "the French Katharine Hepburn" for the special prize, because he was baffled the silver screen superstar had never picked up an award at the South of France film event.

So he decided to hand her a one-off statuette to compensate for the "short-sighted" juries of the past- and celebrate her career achievements.

He said, "I give you the Palme that some short-sighted jury wasted elsewhere. Not only are you beautiful - you inspire so many film directors - but also you are an excellent actress. Not all legendary actresses are American."

13/05/2005 09:12