Mireille Darc

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Mireille Darc
Mireille Darc in 1979
Mireille Christiane Gabrielle Aimée Aigroz

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

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.

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Model (person) person employed to display, advertise and promote products, or to serve as a visual aid

A model is a person with a role either to promote, display or advertise commercial products, or to serve as a visual aid for people who are creating works of art or to pose for photography.

Alain Delon French-Swiss film actor

Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon is a French actor and businessman. He is known as one of Europe's most prominent actors and screen sex symbols from the 1960s. He achieved critical acclaim for roles in films such as Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Plein Soleil (1960), L'Eclisse (1962), The Leopard (1963), The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1965), Lost Command (1966) and Le Samouraï (1967). Over the course of his career Delon worked with many well known directors, including Luchino Visconti, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, Michelangelo Antonioni and Louis Malle.


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.


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  [ fr ] (2003).

Claude Barma, is a French-Italian director and screenwriter, and an early creator of French television programmes.

Jean-Luc Godard French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic

Jean-Luc Godard is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic. He rose to prominence as a pioneer of the 1960s French New Wave film movement.

<i>Weekend</i> (1967 film) 1967 film by Jean-Luc Godard

Weekend is a 1967 black comedy film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard and starring Mireille Darc and Jean Yanne, both of whom were mainstream French TV stars. Jean-Pierre Léaud, comic star of numerous French New Wave films including Truffaut's Les Quatre Cent Coups and Godard's earlier Masculin Féminin, appeared in two roles. Raoul Coutard served as cinematographer; Weekend was his last collaboration with Godard for over a decade.

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]

Jacques Chirac French statesman and official

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Health and death

Darc's tomb in Section 11 of Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris Sepulture Mireille Darc.jpg
Darc's tomb in Section 11 of Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris

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]

A coma is a deep state of prolonged unconsciousness in which a person cannot be awakened; fails to respond normally to painful stimuli, light, or sound; lacks a normal wake-sleep cycle; and does not initiate voluntary actions. Coma patients exhibit a complete absence of wakefulness and are unable to consciously feel, speak or move. Comas can be derived by natural causes, or can be medically induced.


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1984Chapitre II Neil Simon Pierre Mondy Théâtre Édouard VII
1965Pieds nus dans le parcNeil SimonPierre Mondy Théâtre de la Madeleine
1964 Photo-Finish Peter Ustinov Peter UstinovThéâtre des Ambassadeurs
1962Les Femmes aussi ont perdu la guerre Curzio Malaparte Raymond Gérôme Théâtre des Mathurins


Feature films

1986 La Vie dissolue de Gérard Floque Georges Lautner Jocelyne Domange
1984 Réveillon chez Bob Édouard Molinaro Madeleine
1983 Si elle dit oui... je ne dis pas non Claude Vital Catherine
1983 L'Été de nos 15 ans Marcel Jullian Hotel customer
1982 Jamais avant le mariage Daniel Ceccaldi Elisabeth
1981 Pour la peau d'un flic Alain Delon Cameo: La Grande sauterelle
1978 Les Ringards Robert Pouret Annie Garmiche
1977 Mort d'un pourri Georges LautnerFrançoise
Man in a Hurry Édouard MolinaroEdwige
The Passengers Serge Leroy Nicole
1976 L'Ordinateur des pompes funèbres Gérard Pirès Charlotte
1975 Le Téléphone rose  [ fr ]Edouard MolinaroChristine
1974 Le retour du grand blond Yves Robert Christine
Dis-moi que tu m'aimes Michel Boisrond Victoire Danois
Borsalino & Co Jacques Deray Cameo: A prostitute in the street
Les Seins de glace Georges LautnerPeggy Lister
OK patron  [ fr ] Claude Vital  [ fr ]Mélissa
La Valise  [ fr ]Georges LautnerFrançoise
Il n'y a pas de fumée sans feu André Cayatte Olga Leroy
1972 Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire Yves RobertChristine
Il était une fois un flic  [ fr ]Georges LautnerChristine
1971 Laisse aller... c'est une valse  [ fr ]Georges LautnerCarla
Fantasia chez les ploucs Gérard PirèsCaroline
1970 Madly Roger Kahane  [ fr ]Agatha
Borsalino Jacques DerayCameo: A Prostitute
Elle boit pas, elle fume pas, elle drague pas, mais... elle cause ! Michel Audiard Francine
1969 Monte Carlo or Bust! Ken Annakin Marie-Claude
Jeff Jean Herman Eva
1968 Summit  [ fr ] Giorgio Bontempi  [ fr ]Annie
1967 Weekend Jean-Luc Godard Corinne
Fleur d'oseille  [ fr ]Georges LautnerCatherine
The Blonde from Peking Nicolas Gessner Erica Olsen
La Grande Sauterelle  [ fr ]Georges LautnerSalene
1966 Living It Up Pierre Gaspard-Huit Eva Ritter
Ne nous fâchons pas  [ fr ]Georges LautnerEglantine Michalon
Balearic Caper José María Forqué Polly
The Upper Hand Denys de La Patellière Lili Princesse
Galia  [ fr ]Georges LautnerGalia
1965 Les Bons Vivants Gilles Grangier, Georges LautnerMarie Cruchet known as "Eloise"
1964 The Great Spy Chase Georges LautnerAmaranthe
Male Hunt Edouard MolinaroGeorgina
Salad by the Roots Georges LautnerRockie La Braise
Les Durs à cuire  [ fr ] Jack Pinoteau Josette
Monsieur Jean-Paul Le Chanois Suzanne
1963 Pouic-Pouic Jean Girault Patricia Monestier
People in Luck Philippe de Broca, Jean Girault, Jack PinoteauJacqueline
1962 Virginie Jean Boyer Brigitte
1961 ¿Pena de muerte? José María Forn
Les Nouveaux Aristocrates Francis Rigaud Milou Rivoire
Mourir d'amour José Bénazéraf, Dany Fog  [ fr ]Mariette
Please, Not Now! Roger Vadim Marie-Jeanne
1960 Les distractions Jacques Dupont -

Short films

1962Lettres de ProvinsJean DasqueVoice only
1960La Revenante Jacques Poitrenaud

As director

1989La Barbare Murray Head

French-language Dubbing

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



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