French singer and actress Dani, whose real name is Danièle Graule, died yesterday at the age of 77 “following a malaise” said her manager. She had played twice for François Truffaut and Olivier Marchal.
Danièle Graule dit Dani began her career as a photographer and model before recording her first album in 1966.
In the cinema, Dani started with Roger Vadim in 1964 in La ronde, under the name of Dany Craule. After a few appearances during the late 1960s, she obtained a leading female role in Tumuc Humac by Jean-Marie Périer (1971), then worked for Lautner (A few gentlemen too quiet) and François Truffaut for La Nuit Américaine and L’Amour en escape, in which she embodies the same character.
The 80s was a period of artistic slump for Dani, who struggled to get out of drug addiction. She returned to the cinema with A Women’s Affair by Claude Chabrol (1988), then several appearances in series. The 90s saw her play supporting roles for Romain Goupil, Claire Denis, Sylvie Verheyde and Maïwenn.
In 2007, she was nominated for the César for Best Supporting Actor for her character as a concierge retiring in Danièle Thompson’s Orchestra Seats.
After her participation in two series (Le temps est assassin and Aux Animaux la guerre), she filmed twice for Olivier Marchal for the thrillers Carbone (2017) then Bronx (2020), and performed a successful singer from the 60s and 70s. at the end of his career in Guy (2018). She had just completed the preparation of a new album, Attention Departure. She passed away at the age of 77.