Danielle Darrieux

Danielle Darrieux

Highest Rated: 100% Five Fingers (1952)

Lowest Rated: 0% Alexander the Great (1956)

Birthday: May 01, 1917

Birthplace: Bordeaux, Gironde, France

Affectionately known as "D.D." to her fans, Danielle Darrieux established herself early on as a dramatic actress in films like "Mayerling" (1936), but choices she made during World War II inadvertently threatened her life. A resident of France during the occupation by Nazi Germany, Darrieux continued to work as an entertainer, an act that led her to being labeled a collaborator by the French underground and subjected to death threats. That cloud eventually faded and she continued to display considerable ability in classic films like "La Ronde" ("The Round") (1950), "Le Plaisir" ("Pleasure") (1952), "The Earrings of Madame de " (1953), and "The Young Girls of Rochefort" (1967). One of France's most enduring performers, Darrieux had one of the longest-lasting careers in entertainment history, appearing in both motion picture and television productions well into her nineties. Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux was born on May 1, 1917 in Bordeaux, Gironde, France, but spent her formative years in Paris. Thanks to her utility with the cello, a musical career seemed in the cards for Darrieux, but that changed after she made her film debut in "Le Bal" ("The Ball") (1931). Thirteen at the time of shooting, Darrieux earned attention for her portrayal of an obstinate teenager, which led to invitations for more movie work. She really made her mark a few years later opposite international matinee idol Charles Boyer in the period romantic drama "Mayerling" (1936) and the success of that production resulted in an invitation from Universal Pictures' to play the female lead in the screwball comedy "The Rage of Paris" (1938). Both the film and Darrieux were well-received, but her stay in Hollywood proved short-lived. Electing to go back home to France, she was forced to endure the German occupation of the country during World War II. To the anger of the French underground, Darrieux continued to act and sing, a decision that resulted in charges of collaboration and threats against her safety. Darrieux's marriage to director Henri Decoin ended in 1941 and she wed notorious playboy Porfrio Rubirosa soon after. It was a union that brought her more heartbreak than happiness and led to actions that further compromised her image among some French citizens. Following the end of the war, Darrieux returned to movie screens in "Adieu chérie" ("Goodbye Darling") (1946) and her perceived indiscretions during the war were eventually overlooked. Notable credits during that time included Max Ophüls' classic "La Ronde" ("The Round") (1950), and she gave Hollywood another try in the MGM musical "Rich, Young and Pretty" (1950) and the spy thriller "5 Fingers" (1952). Darrieux also impressed in Ophüls' "Le Plaisir" ("Pleasure") (1952) and "The Earrings of Madame de " (1953), as well as the three-hour epic "Napoléon" (1955) and the controversial adaptation of "Lady Chatterley's Lover" (1955). She made two more English language features, "Alexander the Great" (1956) and "The Greengage Summer" (1961), before concentrating solely on European productions, including "The Devil and the Ten Commandments" (1962) and Jacques Demy's musical "The Young Girls of Rochefort" (1967). Darrieux brought her facility for live stage work to Broadway in "Coco" (1969-1970), where she replaced original star Katherine Hepburn, and the short-lived musical "Ambassador" (1972). The 1970s, '80s, and '90s found her cast in fewer motion pictures, but she more than made up for that with numerous TV-movie and miniseries appearances. As the new century dawned, Darrieux showed few signs of slowing down, adding even more credits to an incredible resumé that was among the longest and most impressive for any performer from any country. Based on such films as "8 Women" (2002) and "Towards Zero" (2007), Darrieux's talents remained well in evidence during her ninth decade. Her final film role came in Denys Granier-Deferre's "Pièce montée" (2010), after which she quietly retired. Danielle Darrieux died on October 17, 2017, only a few months after her 100th birthday, of complications following a fall.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 24% The Wedding Cake Madeleine (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heure Zero Unknown (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 30% Towards Zero Camilla Tressilian (Character) - 2007
96% 92% Persepolis Grandma (Voice) $4.4M 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oh La La! Unknown (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Been Waiting So Long Emilie (Character) - 2004
79% 76% 8 Women Mamy (Character) $3.1M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tomorrow's Another Day Eva (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Les mamies Lolotte (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Quelques jours avec moi Unknown (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scene of the Crime La grand-mère (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 64% A Room in Town Margot Langlois (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Practice Makes Perfect Unknown (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Holy Year Christina (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Divine Unknown (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lonely Woman Teresa (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Birds in Peru (Les Oiseaux Vont Mourir Au Peru) Unknown (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man in the Buick Unknown (Character) - 1968
98% 84% The Young Girls of Rochefort Yvonne Garnier (Character) $88.5K 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Friend of the Family Dith Rollo (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 70% Bluebeard Berthe Heon (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gentle Art of Murder Lucienne Marsais (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 81% The Devil and the Ten Commandments Clarisse Ardan (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lions Are Loose Marie-Laure Robert-Guichard (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 50% Loss of Innocence Madame Zisi (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder at 45 R.P.M. Eve Faugeres (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder by Two Gabrielle / Françoise (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 86% Marie Octobre Unknown (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Disorder and Night Thérèse (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Le septième ciel Brigitte de Lédouville (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Typhoon on Nagasaki Françoise Fabre (Character) - 1957
0% 42% Alexander the Great Olympias (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady Chatterley's Lover Constance Chatterley (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hangman and the Witch Françoise Athénaïs de Montespan (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 85% Napoleon Eléonore Denuelle (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Step to Eternity Constance Andrieux dite Poussy (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 65% The Red and the Black Mme de Rénal (Character) - 1954
97% 91% The Earrings of Madame De ... Comtesse Louise de (Character) - 1953
100% 90% Five Fingers Countess Anna Staviska (Character) - 1952
89% 86% House of Pleasure Rosa (segment "La Maison Tellier") (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Truth of Our Marriage Elisabeth "Bébé" Donge (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 17% Rich, Young and Pretty Marie Devarone (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet All for Love Luisa d'Asburgo-Lorena (Character) - 1950
100% 83% La Ronde Emma Breitkopf (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ruy Blas La reine d'Espagne Marie de Neubourg (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Go Lucky Martine Carignol (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 80% The Rage of Paris Nicole de Cortillion (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 77% Mayerling Marie Vetsera (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls' Club Claire Derouve (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 43% Mauvaise Graine Jeanette (Character) - 1934

QUOTES FROM Danielle Darrieux CHARACTERS

Marjane (Child) (French Version) says: Every morning she would put fresh jasmine flowers in her bra. When she was taking it off, the flowers would fall from her breasts. It was magical. How do you manage to have such round breasts at your age?

Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version) says: Everyday I put them for 10 minutes in bowl of icy cold water.

Marjane (Child) (French Version) says: I'll miss you.

Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version) says: In life you'll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it's because they're stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance... Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself.

Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version) says: If they hurt you, remember it's because they're stupid.

Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version) says: Fear is what makes us lose our conscience.

Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version) says: The first marriage is practice for the second.

Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version) says: Fear lulls our minds to sleep.