French film legend Danielle Darrieux dies aged 100

This file photo shows French actress Danielle Darrieux on the stage of the movie “En haut des marches” by Paul Vecchiali on October 11, 1983. (File photo by AFP)
Updated 19 October 2017
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French film legend Danielle Darrieux dies aged 100

PARIS: Danielle Darrieux, one of France’s most enduring and glamorous film stars despite her wartime collaboration with the Germans, has died aged 100 at her home near Paris, her partner said Thursday.
She became unwell “recently after a little fall,” Jacques Jenvrin told AFP.
With her smoldering good looks and sulky pout, Darrieux became a huge international star in the 1930s, playing opposite Douglas Fairbanks Jr in the Hollywood romance “The Rage of Paris” in 1938.
But her decision to keep working after the Nazis occupied France, and to star in movies made by the studio set up by their propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, saw her branded as a collaborationist.
However, Darrieux later said that she was forced to take part in a notorious publicity tour to Berlin in 1942 so she could free her husband, the playboy and diplomat Porfirio Rubirosa, who had been interned by the Nazis as a spy.
She left the German-backed studio after he was freed and went into hiding under a false name.
Three years after the war ended she returned to great acclaim in a string of striking roles in Max Ophuls’ “La Ronde,” “Madame de” (“The Earrings of Madame de“) and playing the Queen of Spain in “Ruy Blas” by Jean Cocteau.
Whatever doubts that lingered about her wartime activities were brushed aside by her searing performance in the title role of “Marie-Octobre,” a 1959 thriller about the survivors of a French Resistance network who try to discover who betrayed their murdered leader.
Darrieux — who died on Tuesday — was still working at 99, and lent her voice for the grandmother in Marjane Satrapi’s 2007 animated hit “Persepolis.”
“I went to the studio like one goes to school, I was lazy and I remained so,” she once said of a life spent on set, which began in the comedy “Le Bal” when she was only 14.
She was far from lazy, however, going on to act in more than 140 films and television dramas over the next eight decades.
They including some of the best-loved French postwar films, and she struck up a particular rapport with Jacques Demy, appearing in his “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort” as the mother and “Une chambre en ville” in 1982.


Actress Selma Blair say she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

In this file photo taken on January 16, 2018 Actress Selma Blair attends the Stella McCartney Autumn 2018 womenswear collection and Autumn Winter 2018 menswear collection in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
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Actress Selma Blair say she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

  • Blair has co-starred in a number of films and TV shows, including the 2001 hit “Legally Blonde”

WASHINGTON: Actress Selma Blair revealed she has multiple sclerosis Saturday, in an emotional Instagram post offering insight into her life with the illness.
The “Legally Blonde” and “Cruel Intentions” star, 46, said she was diagnosed with the chronic central nervous system disease — which causes symptoms including fatigue, pain and coordination problems — in August after suffering symptoms “for years.”
“I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best,” she wrote.
Blair, who is currently working on Netflix sci-fi drama “Another Life,” said she revealed her diagnosis to share her gratitude toward costume designer Alissa Swanson, who “carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself.”
Blair also thanked celebrity friends including fellow “Cruel Intentions” star Sarah Michelle Gellar as well as Jaime King and other Hollywood friends for supporting her.
“I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others,” she said.
“I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok. But if you see me, dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. “