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Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux (French pronunciation: ​[da.niɛl i.vɔn ma.ʁi ɑ̃.twa.nɛt daʁ.jø]; 1 May 1917 – 17 October 2017) was a French actress of stage, television and film, as well as a singer and dancer. Beginning in 1931, she appeared in more than 110 films. She was one of France's great movie stars and her eight-decade career was among the longest in film history. She turned 100 in May 2017.[1]


1 Life and career 2 Honors 3 Death 4 Selected filmography 5 Awards 6 References

6.1 Bibliography

7 External links

Life and career[edit] Darrieux was born in Bordeaux, France, during World War I, the daughter of Marie-Louise (Witkowski) and Jean Darrieux, a medical doctor who was serving in the French Army.[2][3] Her mother was born in Algeria.[4] Her father died when she was seven years old. Raised in Paris, she studied the cello at the Conservatoire de Musique.[5] At 14, she won a part in the musical film Le Bal (1931).[6] Her beauty combined with her singing and dancing ability led to numerous other offers; the film Mayerling (1936) brought her to prominence.[citation needed] In 1935, Darrieux married director/screenwriter Henri Decoin,[4] who encouraged her to try Hollywood. She signed a seven-year contract with Universal Studios
Universal Studios
to star in The Rage of Paris
The Rage of Paris
(1938)[6] opposite Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Afterwards, she elected to return to Paris. Under the German occupation of France during World War II, Darrieux continued to perform, a decision that was severely criticized by her compatriots. However, it is reported that her brother had been threatened with deportation by Alfred Greven, the German manager of Continental, the only film production company permitted in occupied France. She received a divorce and then fell in love with Porfirio Rubirosa, a Dominican Republic diplomat and notorious womanizer. They married in 1942. His anti-Nazi opinions resulted in his forced residence in Germany. In exchange for Rubirosa's freedom, Darrieux agreed to make a promotional trip in Berlin. The couple lived in Switzerland until the end of the war, and divorced in 1947. She married scriptwriter Georges Mitsikidès in 1948, and they lived together until his death in 1991. Darrieux appeared in the MGM musical Rich, Young and Pretty
Rich, Young and Pretty
(1951). Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
lured her back to Hollywood to star in 5 Fingers (1952) with James Mason. Upon returning to France, she appeared in Max Ophüls' The Earrings of Madame de...
The Earrings of Madame de...
(1953) with Charles Boyer, and The Red and the Black (1954) with Gérard Philippe. She starred in Lady Chatterley's Lover (1955), whose theme of uninhibited sexuality led to its being proscribed by Catholic censors in the United States. She played a supporting role in her last American film, United Artists' epic Alexander the Great (1956) starring Richard Burton
Richard Burton
and Claire Bloom. At the request of director Lewis Gilbert, Darrieux worked in England to shoot The Greengage Summer
The Greengage Summer
(1961) with Kenneth More. In 1963, she starred in the romantic comedy La Robe Mauve de Valentine at the Chatelet Theatre
Chatelet Theatre
in Paris. The play was adapted from the novel by Françoise Sagan. In Jacques Demy's film musical The Young Girls of Rochefort (1966) her supporting role was the only occasion in which a principal actor in any of Demy's film-musicals to herself sing. (All other actors had a separate person dub their singing parts.) During the 1960s, she also was a concert singer. In 1970, Darrieux replaced Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
in the Broadway musical Coco, based on the life of Coco Chanel,[7] but the play, essentially a showcase for Hepburn, soon folded without her. In 1971 and 1972 she also appeared in the short-lived productions of Ambassador. She worked again with Demy for his film Une chambre en ville (1982), an opera-like musical melodrama reminiscent of the director's earlier work The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
(Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, 1964). Once again, Darrieux provided her own vocals for her songs. Honors[edit] For her long service to the motion picture industry, in 1985 she was given an Honorary César Award. She continued to work, her career spanning eight decades, most recently providing the voice of the protagonist's grandmother in the animated feature, Persepolis (2007), which deals with the impact of the Islamic revolution on a girl's life as she grows to adulthood in Iran. Death[edit] Danielle Darrieux
Danielle Darrieux
died on 17 October 2017 at the age of 100, due to complications from a fall.[8][9] Selected filmography[edit]

Danielle Darrieux
Danielle Darrieux
in 2008

Year Title Role Director

1931 Le Bal Antoinette Wilhelm Thiele

1934 Volga en flammes (fr) Macha Victor Tourjansky

The Crisis is Over Nicole Robert Siodmak

Mauvaise Graine Jeannette Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
and Alexander Esway

My Heart Is Calling You Nicole Nadin Carmine Gallone
Carmine Gallone
and Serge Véber

Gold in the Street Gaby Curtis Bernhardt

1935 Dédé Denise René Guissart

Mad Girl Lucie Léo Joannon

The Green Domino Hélène and Marianne de Richmond Herbert Selpin and Henri Decoin

1936 Mademoiselle Mozart Denise Yvan Noé

Mayerling Maria Vetsera Anatole Litvak

Taras Bulba Marina Alexis Granowsky

Women's Club Claire Derouve Jacques Deval

Port Arthur Youki Nicolas Farkas

Counsel for Romance Jacqueline Serval Jean Boyer and Raoul Ploquin

1937 My Mother Is a Miss Jacqueline Letournel Henri Decoin

Abused Confidence Lydia Henri Decoin

1938 The Rage of Paris Nicole Henry Koster

Katia Katia Dolgoronsky Maurice Tourneur

Return at Dawn Anita Ammer Henri Decoin

1940 Beating Heart Arlette Henri Decoin

1941 Her First Affair Micheline Chevasse Henri Decoin

1942 Caprices Lise Léo Joannon

Twisted Mistress Lilian Rander André Cayatte

1947 Bethsabée (fr) Arabella Dalvert Léonide Moguy

1948 Ruy Blas Queen of Spain Pierre Billon

1949 Keep an Eye on Amelia Amélie Claude Autant-Lara

1950 La Ronde Emma Breitkopf Max Ophüls

Romanzo d'amore Archduchess Louise of Austria Duilio Coletti

1951 Rich, Young and Pretty Marie Devaronne Norman Taurog

1952 The Truth About Bebe Donge Elisabeth "Bébé" Donge Henri Decoin

House of Pleasure (episode "La maison Tellier") Rosa Max Ophüls

5 Fingers Countess Anna Staviska Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Adorable Creatures Christine Christian-Jaque

1953 The Earrings of Madame de… Countess Louise Max Ophüls

Le Bon Dieu sans confession (fr) Janine Fréjoul Claude Autant-Lara

1954 Escalier de service Béatrice Berthier Carlo Rim

Le Rouge et le Noir Madame de Rénal Claude Autant-Lara

One Step to Eternity Constance Andrieux dite Poussy Henri Decoin

1955 Napoléon Eléonore Denuelle de La Plaigne Sacha Guitry

L'Affaire des poisons (fr) Madame de Montespan Henri Decoin

Lady Chatterley's Lover Constance Chatterley Marc Allégret

1956 If Paris
Were Told to Us Agnès Sorel Sacha Guitry

Alexander the Great Olympias Robert Rossen

1957 Lovers of Paris Caroline Hédouin Julien Duvivier

Typhon sur Nagasaki Françoise Fabre Yves Ciampi

1958 Le désordre et la nuit Thérèse Marken Gilles Grangier

Life Together Monique Lebeaut Clément Duhour

1959 Marie-Octobre Marie-Hélène Dumoulin (aka "Marie-Octobre") Julien Duvivier

Les Yeux de l'amour (fr) Jeanne Moncatel Denys de La Patellière

1960 Murder at 45 R.P.M. Eve Faugeres Étienne Périer

L'Homme à femmes (fr) Gabrielle / Françoise Jacques-Gérard Cornu

1961 The Greengage Summer Madame Zisi Lewis Gilbert

The Lions Are Loose Marie-Laure Henri Verneuil

1962 Le Crime ne paie pas (episode "The Man on the Avenue") Lucienne Marsais Gérard Oury

The Devil and the Ten Commandments (5th episode) Clarisse Ardan Julien Duvivier

1963 Bluebeard Berthe Héon Claude Chabrol

Be Careful Ladies Hedwige André Hunebelle

1967 The Young Girls of Rochefort Yvonne Garnier Jacques Demy

1968 24 Hours in the Life of a Woman Alice Dominique Delouche

1977 Miss a. k. a. Ein Fall für Madame (French-German TV miniseries, aired in 1979) Miss Roger Pigaut

1982 Une chambre en ville Margot Langlois Jacques Demy

1983 At the Top of the Stairs Françoise Canavaggia Paul Vecchiali

1986 Scene of the Crime grandmother André Téchiné

1988 A Few Days with Me Madame Pasquier (Martial's mother) Claude Sautet

2001 8 Women Mamy François Ozon

2003 Les Liaisons dangereuses (TV miniseries) Madame de Rosemonde Josée Dayan

2006 Oh La La! Odette Saint-Gilles Anne Fontaine

Persepolis (animation film) grandmother (voice) Vincent Paronnaud
Vincent Paronnaud
and Marjane Satrapi

2007 L'Heure Zéro Camille Tressilian Pascal Thomas

2010 C'est toi, c'est tout (TV movie) Camille Jacques Santamaria

2010 Pièce montée Madeleine Denys Granier-Deferre


Year Awards Category Film Result

1987 César Award Best Supporting Actress Scene of the Crime Nominated

2002 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear
Silver Bear
– Outstanding Artistic Achievement 8 Women Won

2002 César Award Best Supporting Actress 8 Women Nominated

2002 European Film Awards Best Actress (all the cast) 8 Women Won

2002 Online Film Critics Society Best Cast 8 Women Nominated


^ "Mademoiselle Danielle Darrieux
Danielle Darrieux
fête son centième anniversaire". 1 May 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2017.  ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/obituaries/danielle-darrieux-french-film-star-is-dead-at-100.html ^ http://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/2017/10/19/03004-20171019ARTFIG00231-le-charme-de-danielle-darrieux-agissait-egalement-dans-ses-chansons.php ^ a b "Danielle Darrieux". Life. July 4, 1938. pp. 39–41. Retrieved 8 January 2018.  ^ "Danielle Darrieux, 100". Classic Images (510): 51–52. December 2017.  ^ a b Marshall, Bill (2005). France and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History : a Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. pp. 349–350. ISBN 9781851094110. Retrieved 8 January 2018.  ^ Lebrun, Dominique. Paris-Hollywood: Les français dans le cinéma américain. Hazan. ISBN 2-85025-136-4.  ^ "L'actrice Danielle Darrieux
Danielle Darrieux
est morte à l'âge de 100 ans". 19 October 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2017.  ^ "Danielle Darrieux, French Film Star Over 8 Decades, Is Dead at 100". 19 October 2017 – via NYTimes.com. 


Darrieux, Danielle; Ferrière, Jean-Pierre (1995). Danielle Darrieux – Filmographie commentée par elle-même. Paris: Ramsay Cinéma. ISBN 2-84114-113-6. 

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(1988) Ruth Sheen (1989) Carmen Maura
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(1990) Clotilde Courau
Clotilde Courau
(1991) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
(1992) Maia Morgenstern
Maia Morgenstern
(1993) Emily Watson
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(1996) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
(1997) Élodie Bouchez
Élodie Bouchez
and Natacha Régnier
Natacha Régnier
(1998) Cecilia Roth
Cecilia Roth
(1999) Björk
(2000) Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(2001) Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Béart, Fanny Ardant, Virginie Ledoyen, Danielle Darrieux, Ludivine Sagnier
Ludivine Sagnier
and Firmine Richard (2002) Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling
(2003) Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton
(2004) Julia Jentsch
Julia Jentsch
(2005) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
(2006) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2007) Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas
(2008) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2009) Sylvie Testud
Sylvie Testud
(2010) Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton
(2011) Emmanuelle Riva
Emmanuelle Riva
(2012) Veerle Baetens
Veerle Baetens
(2013) Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard
(2014) Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling
(2015) Sandra Hüller
Sandra Hüller
(2016) Alexandra Borbély
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Honorary César


Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1976) Diana Ross
Diana Ross
(1976) Henri Langlois
Henri Langlois
(1977) Jacques Tati
Jacques Tati
(1977) Robert Dorfmann (1978) René Goscinny
René Goscinny
(1978) Marcel Carné
Marcel Carné
(1979) Charles Vanel
Charles Vanel
(1979) Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(1979) Pierre Braunberger (1980) Louis de Funès
Louis de Funès
(1980) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(1980) Marcel Pagnol
Marcel Pagnol
(1981) Alain Resnais (1981) Georges Dancigers (1982) Alexandre Mnouchkine (1982) Jean Nény (1982) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1982) Raimu
(1983) René Clément
René Clément
(1984) Georges de Beauregard (1984) Edwige Feuillère
Edwige Feuillère
(1984) Christian-Jaque (1985) Danielle Darrieux
Danielle Darrieux
(1985) Christine Gouze-Rénal (1985) Alain Poiré (1985) Maurice Jarre
Maurice Jarre
(1986) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1986) Jean Delannoy
Jean Delannoy
(1986) René Ferracci (1986) Claude Lanzmann
Claude Lanzmann
(1986) Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(1987) Serge Silberman (1988) Bernard Blier
Bernard Blier
(1989) Paul Grimault
Paul Grimault
(1989) Gérard Philipe
Gérard Philipe
(1990) Jean-Pierre Aumont
Jean-Pierre Aumont
(1991) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1991) Michèle Morgan
Michèle Morgan
(1992) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(1992) Jean Marais
Jean Marais
(1993) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1993) Gérard Oury
Gérard Oury
(1993) Jean Carmet
Jean Carmet
(1994) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1995) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1995) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1995) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(1996) Henri Verneuil
Henri Verneuil
(1996) Charles Aznavour
Charles Aznavour
(1997) Andie MacDowell
Andie MacDowell
(1997) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1998) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1998) Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(1998) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(1999) Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
(1999) Jean Rochefort
Jean Rochefort
(1999) Josiane Balasko
Josiane Balasko
(2000) Georges Cravenne
Georges Cravenne
(2000) Jean-Pierre Léaud
Jean-Pierre Léaud
(2000) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese


Darry Cowl (2001) Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling
(2001) Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda
(2001) Anouk Aimée
Anouk Aimée
(2002) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(2002) Claude Rich
Claude Rich
(2002) Bernadette Lafont
Bernadette Lafont
(2003) Spike Lee
Spike Lee
(2003) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2003) Micheline Presle
Micheline Presle
(2004) Jacques Dutronc
Jacques Dutronc
(2005) Will Smith
Will Smith
(2005) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(2006) Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard
(2006) Marlène Jobert
Marlène Jobert
(2007) Jude Law
Jude Law
(2007) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(2008) Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni
(2008) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(2009) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
(2010) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2011) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2012) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2013) Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
(2014) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2015) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2016) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2017) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz

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