Danielle Darrieux

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Danielle Darrieux
Danielle Darrieux Five Fingers 2.jpg
from 5 Fingers (1952)
BornDanielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux
(1917-05-01) 1 May 1917 (age 97)
Bordeaux, France
Years active1931–present
Spouse(s)Henri Decoin (1935–1941)
Porfirio Rubirosa (1942–1947)
Georges Mitsikidès (1948–1991)
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Danielle Darrieux
Danielle Darrieux Five Fingers 2.jpg
from 5 Fingers (1952)
BornDanielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux
(1917-05-01) 1 May 1917 (age 97)
Bordeaux, France
Years active1931–present
Spouse(s)Henri Decoin (1935–1941)
Porfirio Rubirosa (1942–1947)
Georges Mitsikidès (1948–1991)

Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux (French pronunciation: ​[da.niɛl i.vɔn ma.ʁi ɑ̃.twa.nɛt daʁ.jø]) (born 1 May 1917) is a French actress and singer, who has appeared in more than 110 films since 1931. She is one of France's great movie stars and her eight-decade career is among the longest in film history.


She was born in Bordeaux, France during World War I to a physician who was serving in the French Army. Her father died when she was seven years old. Raised in Paris, she studied the cello at the Conservatoire de Musique. At 13, she won a part in the musical film Le Bal (1931). Her beauty combined with her singing and dancing ability led to numerous other offers, and the film Mayerling (1936) brought her to fame.

In 1935, Darrieux married director/screenwriter Henri Decoin, who encouraged her to try Hollywood. She signed with Universal Studios to star in The Rage of Paris (1938) opposite Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Afterwards, she elected to return to Paris.

Under the German occupation of France during World War II, she 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 manager of the German run film production company in occupied France, Continental. She got 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.

She gave a good performance in the 1951 MGM musical, Rich, Young and Pretty. Joseph L. Mankiewicz lured her back to Hollywood to star in 5 Fingers (1952) opposite James Mason. Upon returning to France, she appeared in Max Ophüls' The Earrings of Madame de... (1953) opposite Charles Boyer, and The Red and the Black (1954) opposite Gérard Philippe. The next year she starred in Lady Chatterley's Lover, whose theme of uninhibited sexuality led to its being proscribed by Catholic censors in the United States.

Approaching 40, she played a supporting role in her last American film to date, United Artists' epic Alexander the Great (1956) starring Richard Burton and Claire Bloom. In 1961 she went to England at the request of director Lewis Gilbert to star in The Greengage Summer opposite Kenneth More. In 1963, she starred in the romantic comedy La Robe Mauve de Valentine at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris. The play was adapted from the novel by Françoise Sagan. During the 1960s she also was a concert singer.

In 1970, Darrieux replaced Katharine Hepburn in the Broadway musical, Coco, based on the life of Coco Chanel,[1] 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. For her long service to the motion picture industry, in 1985 she was given an Honorary César Award. She has continued to work, her career now 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 Iranian Islamic revolution on a girl's life as she grows to adulthood.

She was paid homage to in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009): when Shosanna Dreyfus is preparing to take the Nazis down, her assistant calls her Danielle Darrieux.

Selected filmography[edit]

Danielle Darrieux in 2008
1931Le BalAntoinetteWilhelm Thiele
1934Mauvaise GraineJeannetteBilly Wilder and Alexander Esway
Mon cœur t'appelleNicole NadinCarmine Gallone and Serge Veber
L'Or dans la rueGabyKurt Bernhardt
1935DédéDeniseRené Guissart
Mad GirlLucieLéo Joannon
The Green DominoHélène and Marianne de RichmondHerbert Selpin and Henri Decoin
1936Mademoiselle MozartDeniseYvan Noé
MayerlingMaria VetseraAnatole Litvak
Women's ClubClaire DerouveJacques Deval
Un mauvais garçonJacqueline ServalJean Boyer and Raoul Ploquin
1937My Mother Is a MissJacqueline LetournelHenri Decoin
Abused ConfidenceLydiaHenri Decoin
1938The Rage of ParisNicoleHenry Koster
KatiaKatia DolgoronskyMaurice Tourneur
Returned at DawnAnita AmmerHenri Decoin
1940Beating HeartArletteHenri Decoin
1941Her First AffairMicheline ChevasseHenri Decoin
1942CapricesLiseLéo Joannon
Twisted MistressLilian RanderAndré Cayatte
1948Ruy BlasQueen of SpainPierre Billon
1949Keep an Eye on AmeliaAmélieClaude Autant-Lara
1950La RondeEmma BreitkopfMax Ophüls
Romanzo d'amoreLuisa d'Asburgo-LorenaDuilio Coletti
1951Rich, Young and PrettyMarie DevaronneNorman Taurog
1952The Truth About Bebe DongeElisabeth "Bébé" DongeHenri Decoin
House of Pleasure
(episode "La maison Tellier")
RosaMax Ophüls
5 FingersCountess Anna StaviskaJoseph Mankiewicz
Adorables créaturesChristineChristian-Jaque
1953The Earrings of Madame de...Countess LouiseMax Ophüls
1954Escalier de serviceBéatrice BerthierCarlo Rim
Le Rouge et le NoirMadame de RénalClaude Autant-Lara
One Step to EternityConstance Andrieux dite PoussyHenri Decoin
1955NapoléonEléonore DenuelleSacha Guitry
Lady Chatterley's LoverConstance ChatterleyMarc Allégret
1956If Paris Were Told to UsAgnès SorelSacha Guitry
Alexander the GreatOlympiasRobert Rossen
1957Typhon sur NagasakiFrançoise FabreYves Ciampi
1958Le désordre et la nuitThérèse MarkenGilles Grangier
Life TogetherMonique LebeautClément Duhour
1959Marie-OctobreMarie-Hélène Dumoulin (aka "Marie-Octobre")Julien Duvivier
1960Murder at 45 R.P.M.
1961The Greengage SummerMadame ZisiLewis Gilbert
The Lions Are LooseMarie-LaureHenri Verneuil
1962Le Crime ne paie pas
(episode "The Man on the Avenue")
Lucienne MarsaisGérard Oury
The Devil and the Ten Commandments
(5th episode)
Clarisse ArdanJulien Duvivier
1963BluebeardBerthe HéonClaude Chabrol
Be Careful LadiesHedwigeAndré Hunebelle
1967The Young Girls of RochefortYvonne GarnierJacques Demy
196824 Hours in the Life of a WomanAliceDominique Delouche
1977Miss a. k. a.
Ein Fall für Madame
(French-German TV miniseries,
aired in 1979)
MissRoger Pigaut
1982Une chambre en villeMargot LangloisJacques Demy
1983At the Top of the StairsFrançoise CanavaggiaPaul Vecchiali
1986Scene of the CrimegrandmotherAndré Téchiné
1988A Few Days With MeMadame Pasquier (Martial's mother)Claude Sautet
20018 WomenMamyFrançois Ozon
2003Les Liaisons dangereuses
(TV miniseries)
"Madame de Rosemonde"Josée Dayan
2006Nouvelle chanceOdette Saint-GillesAnne Fontaine
Persepolis (animation film)grandmother (voice)Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi
2007L'Heure ZéroCamille TressilianPascal Thomas


1987César AwardBest Supporting ActressScene of the CrimeNominated
2002Berlin International Film FestivalSilver Bear - Outstanding Artistic Achievement8 WomenWon
2002César AwardBest Supporting Actress8 WomenNominated
2002European Film AwardsBest Actress (all the cast)8 WomenWon
2002Online Film Critics SocietyBest Cast8 WomenNominated


  1. ^ Lebrun, Dominique. Paris-Hollywood: Les français dans le cinéma américain. Hazan. ISBN 2-85025-136-4. 


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