Danièle Thompson

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Danièle Thompson
Thompson in 2014
Born (1942-01-03) 3 January 1942 (age 81)
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter
Years active1966–present

Danièle Thompson (born 3 January 1942) is a Monegasque film director and screenwriter. Thompson is the daughter of film director Gérard Oury, and actress Jacqueline Roman.

She has written screenplays for a number of highly successful films including Cousin, cousine, La Boum, Belphégor - Le fantôme du Louvre, La Reine Margot and Jet Lag, which she also directed. She was nominated for the 1976 Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Cousin, cousine. Her 2006 film, Fauteuils d'orchestre was France's entrant for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. She is half Jewish from her father,[1] and was on the 1986 Cannes Film Festival jury.[2]

In 2009, Thompson signed a petition in support of film director Roman Polanski, calling for his release after Polanski was arrested in Switzerland in relation to his 1977 sexual abuse case[1]

In 2010, she joined Isabelle Adjani, Paul Auster, Isabelle Huppert, Milan Kundera, Salman Rushdie, Mathilde Seigner, Jean-Pierre Thiollet and Henri Tisot in signing the petition in support of Roman Polanski when the film director was temporarily arrested by Swiss police at the request of U.S. authorities.[2]

Thompson's son is the actor Christopher Thompson. They have written screenplays together, most notably those of Jet Lag and Season's Beatings.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1966 La Grande Vadrouille Writer
1969 The Brain
1971 Delusions of Grandeur
1973 The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob
1975 Cousin Cousine Nominated - Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - César Award for Best Writing
1978 La Carapate Writer & Soundtrack
Va voir maman, papa travaille Writer
Claudine TV series (3 episodes)
1980 The Umbrella Coup
La Boum
Petit déjeuner compris TV Mini-Series
1982 Ace of Aces
La Boum 2
1984 The Vengeance of the Winged Serpent
1986 Le Tiroir secret Writer & Soundtrack TV Mini-Series
1987 Malady of Love Writer
Lévy et Goliath
1988 L'Étudiante
1989 Vanille fraise
1991 La neige et le feu
1992 La femme de l'amant TV movie
1992–present Une famille formidable Creator & Writer TV series (12 episodes)
1993 Les marmottes Writer
1994 La Reine Margot Nominated - César Award for Best Writing
1997 Le Rouge et Le Noir TV movie
Des gens si bien élevés TV movie
1998 Paparazzi
Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train Nominated - César Award for Best Writing
1999 Season's Beatings Director & writer Lumières Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated - César Award for Best First Feature Film
Nominated - César Award for Best Writing
Belle maman Writer & Soundtrack
2000 La bicyclette bleue Writer TV Mini-Series
2001 Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre
2002 Jet Lag Director & writer
2004 The Giraffe's Neck Writer
2006 Avenue Montaigne Director & writer Nominated - César Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - Globe de Cristal for Best Film
Les grandes occasions Writer TV movie
2009 Change of Plans Director & writer
2013 Des gens qui s'embrassent
2016 Cézanne and I


  1. ^ "Signez la pétition pour Roman Polanski !". La Règle du jeu (in French). 10 November 2009. Archived from the original on 29 August 2021. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Polanski : La pétition". 7 June 2010.
  3. ^ Janis L. Pallister; Ruth A. Hottell (2005). Francophone Women Film Directors: A Guide. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. pp. 195–196. ISBN 978-0-8386-4046-3. Retrieved 18 February 2012.

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