Zouzou (model)

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Born Danièle Ciarlet
(1943-11-29) November 29, 1943 (age 73)
Blida, French Algeria
Occupation model, actress, singer
Years active 1962-2003
Partner(s) Brian Jones[1]

Zouzou (born Danièle Ciarlet on November 29, 1943) is a model, actress, singer and icon of the 1960s and early 1970s. She is known largely for her lead role in Éric Rohmer's Love in the Afternoon. Her career, however, was constantly hampered by her addiction to heroin and other drugs. She went for detox for 2 years away in the Antilles.

The screen name "Zouzou" reportedly stems from her zézaiement (lisp)[2] of the consonants 's','j' and 'z'.[3]

Zouzou was friend with many famous artists from the 60' s including George Harisson who she favored as a friend and his wife Patty Boyd.She also was very friendly with Bob Dylan whom she spent 5 days and 5 nights as a confident. Bob Dylan was then very much in love with his wife and always confided to her about how much he missed his spouse. Her boyfriends during her years of fame included Brian Jones (of the Rolling Stones), whom she was under his spell. Brian Jones used to toss bed mattresses out of some famous St Tropez Hotel instead of using lounge chairs. He initially met Zouzou at the Bilboquet after a concert and wanted her Cashmere sweater in trade for his sweaty white turtle neck. Michel Taittinger, Dave Davies (of the Kinks), Jean-Paul Goude and Jack Nicholson.[citation needed] and she is still friend with Jack Nicholson who also introduced her to Randy Newman.


Zouzou obtained her Baccalauréat at 14, then enrolled at the Artististic Training Centre of the Académie Charpentier.

The news magazine Paris Match baptised her "la twisteuse". She represented the liberated young woman, who was active during the protests of May 1968, as indeed Zouzou was.[4]

She moved to Swinging London with Brian Jones, but left him and returned to Paris. Her fame soon eroded. In 1978, she left Paris for the Antilles where she remained for seven years. She returned to France in 1985.

Drug addiction[edit]

From the early 1970s she was addicted to a number of drugs, in particular heroin.[citation needed] This resulted in two short periods in Fleury-Mérogis prison, in 1992 and 1994.


In 2002, Zouzou co-starred in the short film Signe d' hiver ("Sign of winter"), directed by Jean-Claude Moireau and also starring Marie Rousseau and Cyrille Thouvenin.[5] In 2003, her autobiography, Jusqu' à l' aube ("Until dawn"),[6] co-written with Olivier Nicklaus, was published by Flammarion. At the beginning of 2004, a retrospective of Zouzou was organized by Centre Georges Pompidou.[7] In 2005, Zouzou appeared at the Sentier des Halles club in Paris.[8]

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