Saturday, September 6, 2008
Mireille Darc (born Mireille Aigroz May 15, 1938 in Toulon, France) is a French model and actress. She was Alain Delon's longtime costar and companion. She appeared as a lead character in Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 film Week End. She attended the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Toulon) in Toulon, and went to Paris in 1959. Her debut came in 1960 in Claude Barma's La Grande Brétèche. Her first leading role came in 1961 with Jean Prat's "Hauteclaire." She starred alongside Alain Delon in several films: L'Homme pressé, Mort d'un pourri, Madly, Jeff, Les Seins de glace, Il était une fois un flic, Borsalino and 2003's television series Frank Riva. In the 1980s her career was interrupted by a severe car accident, from which she sustained many injuries. She quit her film career, but returned to television in the 1990s. In 2006, Jacques Chirac awarded Darc the Légion d'honneur.