Danièle Delorme

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Danièle Delorme
Delorme in 1953
Gabrielle Danièle Marguerite Andrée Girard

(1926-10-09)9 October 1926
Died17 October 2015(2015-10-17) (aged 89)
Paris, France
Occupation(s)Actress, film producer
Years active1942–2001
Spouse(s)Daniel Gélin (1945–1955) (divorced)
Yves Robert (1956–2002; his death)
ChildrenXavier (1946–1999)[1]

Gabrielle Danièle Marguerite Andrée Girard (9 October 1926 – 17 October 2015), known by her stage name Danièle Delorme, was a French actress and film producer, famous for her roles in films directed by Marc Allégret, Julien Duvivier and Yves Robert.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Delorme was born in Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, one of four children to the well-known painter, poster-maker and theater-designer André Girard and his wife Andrée (nee Jouan). Girard maintained a studio in Venice in 1936–1937 and in Manhattan in 1938. After the Battle of France, M. Girard removed to Antibes, then a free-zone, and established a network that provided recruiting and spying work for the French resistance. It was during this time that young Delorme began her acting career.

In 1940, at the age of 14, Delorme began acting and played a series of minor roles before she began acting in film.[3] Two years later, owing to her father's contacts, she was able at age 16 (at the time using the name Danièle Girard) to secure a bit part in The Beautiful Adventure (La Belle aventure (1942)).[4]

Two years later, director Marc Allégret again used Delorme in a large role. This time, she performed with the stage name she used for the rest of her career: Danièl Delorme. One story developed that she took the name in order to hide from the Gestapo her relationship to her father.[1] However, the suggestion came from character actor Bernard Blier, who performed with her in her second film to take the name from the heroine of Victor Hugo's play Marion Delorme.[4] (Delorme co-starred with Blier two decades later in the philosophical courtroom criminal drama The Seventh Juror (Le septième juré (1962)).[5]

During the first decade of her career Delorme played delicate, demure, bright young women, roles for which she was physically fitted. Her first husband Daniel Gélin, who also performed in The Beautiful Adventure, said she had "the face of a little girl, an upturned nose with passionate nostrils, the lips of a child, the body of a woman and a certain way about her that turns heads."[4] Richard W. Seaver of the New York Times described her as "a winsome wisp of an actress, with her soft smile and grey eyes."[3] These features landed her a breakthrough role in Miquette et sa mère (1949).[4] In 1949, she also played the title role in Gigi (1949 film), before Leslie Caron's success in the same role in the American (musical) version (Gigi (1958 film)) .

Also notable was her performanace as femme fatale in Julien Duvivier's Voici le temps des assassin (1956) (Deadlier Than the Male in the US and Twelve Hours to Live in the UK), co-starring with Jean Gabin.

In 1960, Delorme joined more than 140 intellectuals, teachers, writers and celebrities in signing a manifesto supporting the right of French conscripts to refuse military service in Algeria. As a result, the French government on 28 September issued a ban against all signatories from appearing on state-run radio or television or in state-run theaters. At the same time, the information minister stated that another cabinet order was in preparation that would deny government funding to any film project in which any signatory appeared.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1945, Delorme married actor Daniel Gélin with whom she had a son, Xavier (1946–1999). Delorme divorced Gélin in 1954 after he admitted having an affair with Romanian-born model Marie Christine Schneider, that produced a daughter, Maria Schneider. Delorme's son was a successful actor who died of cancer in 1999, aged 53. In 1956, Delorme married actor/filmmaker Yves Robert who was her partner in a production company. They remained married until his death in 2002.

Delorme served as a member of the Caméra d'Or jury at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.

Delorme died in Paris on 17 October 2015 at age 89.[2][4] Her death was announced on 19 October by the director of the Paris art gallery An Girard, which she created to present the works of her father.[1][2] According to the statement, she died in her sleep after years of illness.[7]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Randanne, Fabien (19 October 2015). "Cinq choses que vous ignoriez peut-être sur Danièle Delorme". 20 minutes. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Cinéma: l'actrice Danièle Delorme est décédée". Le Figaro. 19 October 2015. Archived from the original on 16 June 2021. Via Wayback Machine. Retrieved 28 May 2022
  3. ^ a b Seaver, Richard W. (19 February 1950). "France Hails a Rising Film Star". New York Times. p. X5. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Bergan, Ronald (23 October 2015). "Danièle Delorme obituary". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  5. ^ Crowther, Bosley (28 January 1962). "Screen: Crime of Passion: Bernard Blier Starred in 'Seventh Juror'". The New York Times. p. 25. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Paris Order Curbs 140 Intellectuals for Algeria Views; France Imposes Curb on Writers". New York Times. 29 September 1960. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Danièle Delorme est morte à l'âge de 89 ans..." 20 minutes. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2022.

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