After winning the first prize for Comedy at the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique de Paris (National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts of Paris), Danièle Lebrun was appointed as a pensionnaire at the Comédie-Française between 1958 and 1960. She then left the Troupe and became a member of La Huchette Company where she played a role in Ionesco’s The Bold Soprano directed by Nicolas Bataille and Molière’s George Dandin or Confused Husband directed by Roger Planchon.
She played with Renaud-Barrault’s Company and was awarded by the critic’s Union for her role in Yukio Mishima’s Madame de Sade, before working with Laurent Terzieff who directed her in Slawomir Mrozek’s Tango and with Jorge Lavelli in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing for the opening of the Théâtre de la Ville in 1968.
Jean Anouilh directed her in two of his plays, first with Roland Piétri in Ne Réveillez pas Madame in 1970, then in Colombe (Mademoiselle Colombe) in 1974, in which she played the title role.
Jacques Seiler cast her in Raymond Queneau’s Exercises in Style (Exercices de style), Alfredo Arias for La Ronde adapted from Arthur Schnitzler, and Jéôme Savary for Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the Théâtre national of Chaillot.
She earned the Molière Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Molière’s The Misanthrope directed by Francis Huster in 1992. In 2006, she received the same award for George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion under the direction of Nicolas Briançon.
Since 1998, Danièle Lebrun has starred in many plays directed by Christophe Lidon, such as Chekhov’s La Mouette (The Seagull), Jean-Claude Brisville’s L'Antichambre, and Eugène Ionesco’s Délire à deux (Frenzy for Two, Or More…).
In 2011, Danièle Lebrun joined the Comédie-Française again. She reunited with Christophe Lidon in Dürrenmatt’s The Visit and performed under the direction of Alain Françon in Goldoni’s The Villeggiatura Trilogy, Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, of Giorgio Barberio Corsetti in Labiche’s An Italian Straw Hat, of Galin Stoev in Molière’s Tartuffe, and of Éric Ruf in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
On the big screen, she worked with Jacques Audiard in Un héros très discret (A Self-Made Hero), in Claude Berri’s Uranus, in Gabriel Aghion’s Belle Maman (Beautiful Mother), as well as with Éric Rohmer, Matthieu Kassovitz and Sylvie Testud.
On television, she appeared in Le Jeu de l'amour et du hasard, La Double Inconstance, Les Nouvelles Aventures de Vidocq by Marcel Bluwal, and in other fictional dramas directed by Alain Tasma, Robert Guediguian, François Luciani, Philippe de Broca and Bernard Stora, just to name a few.
Readings of contemporary authors
Readings of contemporary authors
by Colette Directed by Danièle Lebrun
Mme de La Bruyère
by Jean Renoir Directed by Christiane Jatahy
The Actors’ Attic
by William Shakespeare Directed by Éric Ruf
La Baronne de Champigny (en alternance)
by Eugène Labiche Directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti
Madame Pernelle (en alternance)
by Molière Directed by Galin Stoev
Le Printemps des Poètes
by William Shakespeare DIrected by scène Éric Ruf
by Friedrich Dürrenmatt Directed by Christophe Lidon
by Jean de la Fontaine Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz
by Carlo Goldoni Staging Alain Françon
d'Alfred de Musset Mise en scène Yves Beaunesne
la Jeune Femme mariée
d'Arthur Schnitzler Mise en scène Alfredo Arias