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Danielle Darrieux
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Birth Date:May 1, 1917
Astrology Sign:Taurus
Chinese Sign:Snake - Yang
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Occupation:Movie actress

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Danielle Darrieux

Biography:Danielle Darrieux (born May 1, 1917) is a French singer and actress.

Born Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux in Bordeaux, France, Darrieux was the daughter of a medical doctor who was at the time serving with the French Army during World War I but who later died unexpectedly when she was seven years old. Raised in the city of Paris she had a good singing voice and was musically gifted, studying the cello at the "Conservatoire de musique". At age 13, she auditioned for the role of a young girl in the musical film Le Bal and earned the part. Her youthful beauty combined with her singing and dancing ability in the 1931 film immediately led to numerous other film offers and she went on to a hugely successful and enduring career.

In 1935, Darrieux married director/screenwriter, Henri Decoin, who, after she had made more than two dozen successful films in France, encouraged her to try Hollywood. Offered numerous scripts, in 1938 she accepted a lucrative offer from Universal Studios to star opposite Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. in the sophisticated comedy The Rage of Paris. Although the film was well received by audiences and critics, World War II briefly interrupted her career. Under the German occupation of France she continued to perform, a decision that was severely criticized by her compatriots, ignoring at the time that Craven, manager of the German Continental, intimidated her by hinting about her brother's possible deportation to Germany.

After her divorce from Decoin she fell in love with Porfirio Rubirosa, a Dominican Republic diplomat posted in Paris. Rubirosa was a notorious womanizer and a lover, well in demand for the generous gifts endowed to him at birth. They married in 1942. Rubirosa's anti-Nazi opinions resulted in his forced residence in Germany in under-house arrest. Darrieux then accepted, with several other actresses, a promotional trip in Berlin in exchange for Rubirosa’s liberation. Soon after they escaped Germany, and lived in Switzerland until the end of the war.

The less than happy marriage ended within 5 years, and they officially divorced in 1947. Rubirosa immediately married the American tobacco heiress, Doris Duke, and Darrieux married George Mitsikides, a script-writer of Greek descent, and lived with him until his death in 1991.

After the end of World War II, Darrieux kept her successful career going and eventually accepted another offer to appear in a Hollywood production. Once again she received very positive reviews for her performance in the 1951 MGM musical, Rich, Young and Pretty. Although she at once returned to her native France, the following year director Joseph L. Mankiewicz lured her back to Hollywood to star opposite James Mason in the acclaimed 1952 spy thriller 5 Fingers. Back home, she appeared in the 1954 French drama Le Rouge et le noir opposite Gérard Philipe, one of the country's biggest box office draws. The next year she starred as Lady Constance Chatterly in L'Amant de lady Chatterley (Lady Chatterly's Lover). Based on the D.H. Lawrence novel and the play by Philippe de Rothschild, it was adapted for the screen by co-writer and director, Marc Allégret, but due to its sexual content, both the book and the film were banned by the Catholic censors in the United States.

Approaching the age of forty, she returned to Hollywood for a supporting role in United Artists' 1956 big budget epic Alexander the Great starring Richard Burton and Claire Bloom. Despite a strong cast and a competent director, the film was a critical and box office failure, and it was the last English-language film she would make in America. However, in 1961 she went to England at the request of director Lewis Gilbert to star opposite Kenneth More in The Greengage Summer.

Successfully adapting to age, and a recognizable talent throughout Europe, she also made films in Germany, Italy, Spain, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Throughout her career, her singing voice proved a positive and during the 1960s she sang at concerts and did recordings for a French record label.

Although primarily a film actress, Darrieux appeared on the stage and in 1970, she replaced Katharine Hepburn in the Broadway musical, Coco, which was based on the life of another Frenchwoman, Coco Chanel, but the show did not last very long after Hepburn's departure. All during the 1970s and through to the 21st century, Danielle Darrieux has continued to act in a remarkable career spanning eight decades.

Chinese Horoscope for Danielle Darrieux
Includes characteristics and Vices
Danielle Darrieux's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: January 23, 1917 - February 10, 1918
Birthday: May 1, 1917

The Snake is a Yang,
and is the Sixth sign of the Chinese horoscope.


Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Danielle Darrieux's Personality Tarot Card The Lovers - Personality Card

Birthday: May 1, 1917

A relationship or love affair with a trial or choice involved.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
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Danielle Darrieux's Growth Tarot Card The Tower

Birthday: May 1, 2017

Rigid or imprisioning structures need to be torn down and replaced with the new.




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