Vive la révolution!

Vive la révolution!

Danielle Darrieux was a French-born, actress and singer. Her career spanned 8 decades, one of the longest in film history. At age 7, when her father passed away, Danielle started playing the cello. She studied in Paris, at the Conservatoire de Musique and at age 13, won a part in the 1931 musical, film: “Le Bal”. Darrieux was set to become famous..her beauty, singing and dancing abilities were going to take her places. She acted in many other films, but in 1936, “Mayerling” in which she starred opposite, Charles Boyer, made her famous. In 1937, Danielle signed with Universal Pictures and came to, America. She starred in “The Rage of Paris”with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. After this film, she decided to go back to France. Unfortunately, it was under German occupation. The Third Reich had taken over and Derrieux tried to make the best of things by performing for German troops. It was a lose-lose, situation. Either she worked for the French Underground, making her a Nazi target, or work with the Germans, making her a Revolution target… The latter labeled her a collaborator, and tried to had her marked for execution. After things settled, her death sentence was forgotten. In 1942, Darrieux met and fell for notorious womanizer, Porfirio Rubirosa. While married to Porfirio, he had numerous affairs with Barbara Hutton, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and her sister Eva, to name a few. He ended up marrying Hutton and ZsaZsa. The two divorced in 1947. In 1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz lured Danielle back to the U.S. and she starred with James Mason in, “Rich, Young, and Pretty”, to good reviews. She worked with Max Ophelus, Charles Boyer, and Gerard Philippe. In 1955, Danielle starred in “Lady Chatterly’s Lover” but it was censored by the Catholic Church, in the US, due to it’s sexual nature! Her last American film was the epic, “Alexander the Great” with Richard Burton. Derrieux kept acting and singing all over the world and in 1970, she played Coco Chanel in the Broadway production, “Coco” (replacing Katherine Hepburn). In 2007, she provided the “grandmother’s” voice in the animated, Persepolis (a must-see!). Danielle Derrieux, is currently, 96 years old and still going strong!

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