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Publication in France:
27 April 2017

400 pages

Danielle Darrieux - A Modern Woman

Clara Laurent

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The first proper biography of one of the greatest actresses of the 20th century. Danielle Darrieux turned 100 in 2017.

Her initials ‘DD’ were famous long before ‘BB’ (Brigitte Bardot): Danielle Darrieux made her first film in 1931 at the age of 14. She charmed people with her natural ease and became a genuine icon of French cinema.

By 1936, she was an international star whom every young woman wanted to look like, and Hollywood beckoned.

In the 1950s, she reeled off a series of great performances, starring alongside the likes of Gérard Philipe, Jean Gabin, James Mason and Jean Marais.

This book is a well-researched exploration of her career as a star, revealing a lesser known side of her life and the pleasures of her lesser known films, as well as highlighting the modernity that Danielle Darrieux embodied throughout a career spanning 80 years.


Clara Laurent is a journalist and teacher of modern literature.

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