French Movie Siren Mireille Darc Dies

Mireille Darc

One of the great blond bombshells of French cinema has passed away at the age of 79. Starring opposite some of the biggest film stars of the sixties and seventies, Mireille Darc's legacy is truly outstanding. Her acting career was admired by many different demographics, which was why her death inspired such an outpouring of love from a variety of celebrities. Model Laeticia Hallyday posted a photo of Darc on Instagram, and many other French luminaries chimed in with their thoughts on Darc's glittering life and outstanding body of work.

Although she retired from an onscreen life approximately two decades ago, Darc starred in an astonishing number of films in her day. With 50 phenomenal credits in some of the most beloved French films in recent memory, she was quite prolific. Working with some of the biggest names in the business, such as Godard in "Weekend", Darc was adept at combining her unique acting skills with the creative gifts of others. Other notable performances occurred in films such as “The Great Spy Chase” and “The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe". She worked with marquis idol Pierre Richard in the latter film.

With appearances in projects by Denys de La Patellière and Jacques Pinoteau, it could definitely be said that Darc's mesmerizing performances represent a certain time in French cinema. However, her influence extended far past that of a typical sex symbol. Perhaps this is why her death prompted statements from so many people across different spectrums. The president of the National Film Board remarked on Darc's freedom and winking version of an ingenue. Even ex-boyfriend Alain Delon's son weighed in on Darc's passing, commenting on her spirituality, optimism and kindness. In a world where people long for the whimsical films of her time period, Mireille Darc was truly an original.

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