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Saturday night at the movies with Danielle Darrieux

Last nights movie was ‘The Rage of Paris’, an American comedy made in 1938, but still showing in Australia in mid 1939. It starred Douglas Fairbanks junior and French star Danielle Darrieux. You can watch it here.

Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux was born 1 May 1917.  As the most popular actress in France, Universal brought her to the U.S in 1938 for a five year contract.  

Danielle Darrieux.

Danielle Darrieux.


On the outbreak of war  she decided to return to France, and continued to sing and act under German occupation .reportedly because her brother had been threatened with deportation by the manager of the German run film production company in occupied France.

In February 1940, despite the war, she was voted one of the 10 Best Dressed Women in the World (The Duchess of Kent was number 1).


Danielle Darrieux 1940

Danielle Darrieux 1940

Darrieux divorced her director/screenwriter husband Henri Decoin, and married Porfirio Rubirosa, a Dominican Republic diplomat and notorious womanizer in 1942. His anti-Nazi opinions resulted in his forced residence in Germany, but in exchange for Rubirosa’s freedom, Darrieux agreed to make a promotional trip in Berlin.  The couple lived in Switzerland until the end of the war, and divorced in 1947. 


 Danielle Darrieux in

Danielle Darrieux in “Rich, you g and Pretty” 1951

Darrieux married scriptwriter Georges Mitsikidès in 1948, and they lived together until his death in 1991. 
 Danielle Darrieux with James Mason in

Danielle Darrieux with James Mason in “5 Fingers” 1952


She has appeared in more than 110 films since 1931,  and her eight-decade career is among the longest in film history.  Combined with smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics, several restaurants (the “Fat Darrieux Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Bordeaux Angels”), her own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderdarrieux – France), perfume (With Love from Danielle) and a fashion line called “Danielle Darrieux Seduction”, she has amassed an estimated net worth of $275 million.  This month the 98-year-old has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid actresses for 2015 – with an estimated $96 million in combined earnings. Good on her!

Danielle Darrieux 2010

Danielle Darrieux 2010


About thewartimewoman

I love history, fashion, art and design, especially of the 1930s to the 1960s. I am also a mother, wife, interior decorator & a treasure hunter who wishes she could drive a 1933 Delage. I studied Architecture at Melbourne university, briefly, and completed a Diploma of Art in Interior Design at the Melbourne College of Decoration in 1991. I have worked on an off as a decorator ever since, in between stints as a florist, balloon artist, having my five children and helping my husband in his law firm. in my spare time I love researching history, blogging and gardening.

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  1. Wow! What an inspiration!! She looks so beautiful and ALIVE at 93 – what I would certainly aspire to. Thanks for sharing her story and for enjoying my fun with vintage fashion every day.


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