Zouzou (born Danièle Ciarlet on November 29, 1943 in Blida, Algeria) is a model, actress, singer and icon of the 1960s and early 1970s mostly known for her beauty and 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.
Ciarlet obtained her Baccalauréat at 14, then enrolled at the Artististic Training Centre of the Académie Charpentier. She was an inspiration of the sixties passing through Régine, Castel, the Drugstore at the top of the Champs-Élysées and Gabriel Pommerand.
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 Ciarlet was.
She left then for Swinging London with Brian Jones, but left him and returned to Paris. However, her success after this eroded. In 1978 she left Paris for the Antilles where she remained for seven years. She returned to France… read more