Mireille Darc

Mireille Darc (French: [miʁɛj daʁk]; 15 May 1938 – 28 August 2017)[1] was a French model and actress. She was Alain Delon's longtime co-star and companion. She appeared as a lead character in Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 film Weekend. Darc was a Knight of the Legion of Honour and Commander of the National Order of Merit.

Mireille Darc
Mireille Darc in 1979
Born
Mireille Christiane Gabrielle Aimée Aigroz

(1938-05-15)15 May 1938
Died28 August 2017(2017-08-28) (aged 79)
Resting placeMontparnasse Cemetery, Paris, France
OccupationActress
Years active1960–2012
Spouse(s)
Pascal Desprez (m. 1996)
Partner(s)Alain Delon (1968–1982)
Websitemireille-darc.com

Early years

Born Mireille Christiane Gabrielle Aimée Aigroz in Toulon,[1] she attended the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Toulon and moved to Paris in 1959.

Career

Darc's debut came in Claude Barma's television drama Du côté de l'enfer (aka, La Grande Brétèche, 1960). Her first leading role came in another production for French television, Jean Prat's Hauteclaire (1961). She starred in Jean-Luc Godard's film Weekend (Week-end, 1967) as Corinne, her highest profile role for international critics; as Christine in The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire, 1972) and The Return of the Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (Le retour du grand blond, 1974) and alongside Alain Delon in several films: Pouic-Pouic (1963), High Lifers (Les Bons Vivants (1965), Jeff (1969), Borsalino (uncredited, 1970), The Love Mates (Madly, 1970), Icy Breasts (Les Seins de glace, 1974), Death of a Corrupt Man (Mort d'un pourri, 1977), Man in a Hurry (L'Homme pressé, 1977), and the television series Frank Riva (2003).

In the 1980s, Darc's career was interrupted by open-heart surgery following a car accident, in which she was seriously injured, and her separation from Alain Delon after fifteen years together. She quit her film career, but she returned to television in the 1990s. In 2006, French President Jacques Chirac awarded Darc the Legion of Honour.[2]

Health and death

In 2013, Darc underwent further open heart surgery, and during 2016 she suffered several hemorrhages. She died on 28 August 2017 in Paris in a coma at the age of 79.[3]

Theatre

YearPlayAuthorDirectorTheatre
2007 Sur la route de MadisonRobert James WallerAnne BourgeoisThéâtre Marigny
1984 Chapitre IINeil SimonPierre MondyThéâtre Édouard VII
1965 Pieds nus dans le parcNeil SimonPierre MondyThéâtre de la Madeleine
1964 Photo-FinishPeter UstinovPeter UstinovThéâtre des Ambassadeurs
1962 Les Femmes aussi ont perdu la guerreCurzio MalaparteRaymond GérômeThéâtre des Mathurins

Filmography

Feature films

YearTitleDirectorRoleNotes
1960 Les distractionsJacques DupontMaïa
1961 Please, Not Now!Roger VadimMarie-Jeanne
Mourir d'amourJosé Bénazéraf, Dany FogMariette
Les Nouveaux AristocratesFrancis RigaudMilou Rivoire
¿Pena de muerte?José María FornLina
1962 The Devil and the Ten CommandmentsJulien DuvivierUne amie de Mauricette(deleted segment "L'oeuvre de chair ne désireras qu'en mariage seulement"), Uncredited
VirginieJean BoyerBrigitte
1963 People in LuckPhilippe de Broca, Jean Girault, Jack PinoteauJacqueline(segment "Le manteau de vison")
Pouic-PouicJean GiraultPatricia Monestier
1964 MonsieurJean-Paul Le ChanoisSuzanne
Salad by the RootsGeorges LautnerRockie La Braise
Les Durs à cuireJack PinoteauJosette
Male HuntEdouard MolinaroGeorgina
The Great Spy ChaseGeorges LautnerAmaranthe
1965 Les Bons VivantsGilles Grangier, Georges LautnerMarie Cruchet known as "Eloise"(segment "Bons vivants, Les")
1966 GaliaGeorges LautnerGalia
The Upper HandDenys de La PatellièreLili Princesse
Balearic CaperJosé María ForquéPolly
Ne nous fâchons pasGeorges LautnerEglantine Michalon
Living It UpPierre Gaspard-HuitEva Ritter
1967 La Grande SauterelleGeorges LautnerSalene
Casino RoyaleJohn HustonJagUncredited
The Blonde from PekingNicolas GessnerChristine Olsen
Fleur d'oseilleGeorges LautnerCatherine
WeekendJean-Luc GodardCorinne Durand
1968 SummitGiorgio BontempiAnnie
1969 JeffJean HermanEva
Monte Carlo or Bust!Ken AnnakinMarie-Claude
1970 Elle boit pas, elle fume pas, elle drague pas, mais... elle cause !Michel AudiardFrancine
BorsalinoJacques DerayProstituteUncredited
MadlyRoger KahaneAgatha
1971 Fantasia chez les ploucsGérard PirèsCaroline
Laisse aller... c'est une valseGeorges LautnerCarla
1972 Il était une fois un flicGeorges LautnerChristine
L'Humeur vagabondeÉdouard Luntz
Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noireYves RobertChristine
1973 Il n'y a pas de fumée sans feuAndré CayatteOlga Leroy
La ValiseGeorges LautnerFrançoise
1974 OK patronClaude VitalMélissa
Les Seins de glaceGeorges LautnerPeggy Lister
Borsalino & CoJacques Derayprostitute in the streetUncredited
Dis-moi que tu m'aimesMichel BoisrondVictoire Danois
Le retour du grand blondYves RobertChristine
1975 Le Téléphone rose (film, 1975)Édouard MolinaroChristine
1976 L'Ordinateur des pompes funèbresGérard PirèsCharlotte
1977 The PassengersSerge LeroyNicole
Man in a HurryÉdouard MolinaroEdwige
Mort d'un pourriGeorges LautnerFrançoise
1978 Les RingardsRobert PouretAnnie Garmiche
1981 Pour la peau d'un flicAlain DelonLa Grande sauterelleUncredited
1982 Jamais avant le mariageDaniel CeccaldiElisabeth
1983 L'Été de nos 15 ansMarcel JullianHotel customerUncredited
Si elle dit oui... je ne dis pas nonClaude VitalCatherine
1984 Réveillon chez BobÉdouard MolinaroMadeleine
1986 La Vie dissolue de Gérard FloqueGeorges LautnerJocelyne Domange

Short films

YearTitleDirectorRole
1962 Lettres de ProvinsJean DasqueVoice only
1960 La RevenanteJacques Poitrenaud

As director

YearTitleFeaturing
1989 La BarbareMurray Head

French-language Dubbing

YearTitleActress
1963 L’Ile aux Filles PerduesMarisa Belli
1963 Foudres sur BabyloneJose Greci
1962 L’Effroyable secret du Dr HichcockBarbara Steele
1961 Soliman le MagnifiqueGeorgia Moll
1961 Les Vikings AttaquentFranca Bettoja
1961 Le Boucanier des Iles ( Il Giustiziere dei Mari )Marisa Belli
1960 L'Esclave du PharaonVira Silenti
1960 Les Légions de CléopâtreLinda Cristal
1960 Le Géant de ThessalieZiva Rodann
1960 Toryok la furie des BarbaresLjubica Jovic
1958 La Charge des CosaquesGeorgia Moll

Bibliography

  • 2008: Mon Père
  • 2005: Tant que battra mon coeur (Autobiography)
  • 1982: Jamais avant le mariage

Decorations

References

  1. "Mireille Darc". AlloCiné. Retrieved 2009-07-29.
  2. "Biography". Mireille DARC. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  3. "French film star Mireille Darc is dead". Spiegel Online (in German). 28 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  4. "ORDRE NATIONAL DE LA LÉGION D'HONNEUR : Décret du 31 décembre 2015 portant élévation à la dignité de grand'croix et de grand officier" (PDF). Legiondhonneur.fr. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  5. Décret du 15 mai 2009
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