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Also Known As: Mireille Christiane Gabrielle Aime Aigroz Died: August 28, 2017
Born: May 15, 1938 Cause of Death: Undisclosed natural causes
Birth Place: Toulon, , FR Profession: actor, model

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Born Mireille Aigroz in Toulon, France, Mireille Darc chose her stage name as a play on the famous Frenchwoman, Jeanne d'Arc. After finishing secondary school, Darc moved to Paris and began to work as a model, while also appearing in small roles in a few films. Her fist lead role came in the 1963 comedy "Pouic-Pouic" ("Squeak-Squeak") (1963), playing the object of affection tied to a potential business deal. The film launched her career as one of the sexy French women breaking down the barriers of cinema. Although many of her roles were in mainstream sex comedies and crime stories, Darc made her mark on the French New Wave when she starred in Jean-Luc Godard's "Weekend" (1967). A critique of modern life and the newly forming car culture, "Weekend" quickly took its place as one of Godard's masterpieces and as piece of French film history. In 1969, she starred in "Jeff" (1969), a crime drama co-starring Alain Delon, the first of many collaborations between the two and the beginning of their highly publicized fifteen-year romance. Her most popular role came in "The Tall Blonde Man With One Black Shoe" (1972) and its sequel "The Return of the Tall Blonde Man with One Black Shoe" (1974). The films were...

Born Mireille Aigroz in Toulon, France, Mireille Darc chose her stage name as a play on the famous Frenchwoman, Jeanne d'Arc. After finishing secondary school, Darc moved to Paris and began to work as a model, while also appearing in small roles in a few films. Her fist lead role came in the 1963 comedy "Pouic-Pouic" ("Squeak-Squeak") (1963), playing the object of affection tied to a potential business deal. The film launched her career as one of the sexy French women breaking down the barriers of cinema. Although many of her roles were in mainstream sex comedies and crime stories, Darc made her mark on the French New Wave when she starred in Jean-Luc Godard's "Weekend" (1967). A critique of modern life and the newly forming car culture, "Weekend" quickly took its place as one of Godard's masterpieces and as piece of French film history. In 1969, she starred in "Jeff" (1969), a crime drama co-starring Alain Delon, the first of many collaborations between the two and the beginning of their highly publicized fifteen-year romance. Her most popular role came in "The Tall Blonde Man With One Black Shoe" (1972) and its sequel "The Return of the Tall Blonde Man with One Black Shoe" (1974). The films were spy comedies and both had international success. A car crash in the mid 1980s coupled with her split from Delon led Darc to take a break from working in front of the camera, but she returned to the stage and eventually film and television, most notably performing with Delon on the detective series "Frank Riva" (France 2, 2003-04). Darc passed away in 2017. She was awarded the French L├ęgion d'honneur in 2006.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Barbare, La (1989) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Peking Blonde (2010)
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 Reveillon Chez Bob (1984) Madeleine
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 Les Ringards (1978) Annie
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 Les Passagers (1977) Nicole Letessier
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 Mort d'un pourri (1977) Francoise
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 Homme presse, L' (1977) Hedwige
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1964:
Appeared in cold-war satire "The Great Spy Chase"
1967:
Cast in James Bond spoof "Casino Royale"
1970:
Had an uncredited role as a prostitute in "Borsalino"
1970:
Co-starred with Annie Girardot in "Elle boit pas, elle fume pas, elle drague pas... mais elle cause!"
1971:
"Il Etait une fois un flic"
1973:
Co-starred in Claude Vital comedy "OK Patron"
1974:
Starred alongside Jean-Pierre Marielle in comedy romance "Dis-Moi que tu m'aimes"
1978:
Co-starred with Aldo Maccione and Julien Guiomar in crime comedy "Les Ringards"
1983:
Co-starred with Paul Freeman and Pierre Mondy in Claude Vital's romantic comedy "Si elle dit oui... je ne dis pas non"
1993:
Cast as Laura on mini-series "Prigioniera di una vendetta"
2003:
Cast as Catherine Sinclair on short-lived crime series "Frank Riva"
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