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.
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).
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.
Darrieux married scriptwriter Georges Mitsikidès in 1948, and they lived together until his death in 1991.
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!