Francoise Dorin

Born in 1928 in Paris, Françoise Dorin is the daughter of the chansonnier René Dorin. Following her literature studies, she began a career as an actress in her father’s shows at the Théâtre des Deux Anes then in a play with Michel Piccoli and Roger Hanin. After that she started writing songs. Her first hit came from Charles Aznavour who wrote the music for Que c’est triste Venise in 1965. That same year Guy Mardel sang N’avoue jamais at the Eurovision contest. The song came in third but became a huge hit. Since then Françoise Dorin has kept on writing songs for all the greats, including Régine, Dalida, Mireille Mathieu, Claude François and Juliette Gréco. She has also written a number of novels published by Flammarion and Plon (Va voir maman… papa travaille !, Les Lits à une place, En avant toutes !) and nineteen plays, including Le Sale Egoïste, Le Tournant, etc. Her first play, Comme au théâtre, was staged by Michel Roux at the Théâtre de la Michodière the year it was written, in 1967. In 1983, Pierre Dux staged her play entitled L’Etiquette starring Jean Piat, who was also in Vous avez quel âge ? in 2010, then in Ensemble et séparément in 2013, directed by Stéphane Hillel.