Death of the cabaret queen Zizi Jeanmaire

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                La danseuse et chanteuse française Zizi Jeanmaire, une showgirl de cabaret emblématique dont la grâce et le glamour ont été célébrés sur scène et dans le monde entier, est décédée vendredi en Suisse à l'âge de 96 ans, a expliqué sa famille à l'AFP.
            

"Ma mère est décédée paisiblement hier soir à son domicile de Tolechenaz", a expliqué par téléphone à l'AFP sa fille Valentine Petit.

Jeanmaire has performed in ballets, cabarets, musicals and cinema, mixing styles but never compromising the rigor of his classical training.

Many of her roles were created by her husband Roland Petit, the renowned choreographer who died in 2011.

C'est sa principale performance dans l'interprétation moderne de Petit de "Carmen" en 1949, qui mettait en vedette la coiffure courte qui est devenue sa caractéristique de marque, qui l'a lancée sous les projecteurs.

The new production caused a sensation when it was performed in Paris, London and New York.

Jeanmaire and Petit met in 1933, when they were about nine years old and were students of the Paris Opera Ballet. They married in 1954 and had a daughter.

“They became the power couple of Parisian cultural life in the 60s, wearing Yves Saint Laurent and collaborating with Andy Warhol,” writes The Telegraph in Petit’s obituary.

Jeanmaire was born in Paris on April 29, 1924, from her real name Renée Marcelle Jeanmaire. His nickname would be rooted in the pronunciation of his childhood from “My dick” to “My Jesus” (My Jesus).

She left the Paris Opera Ballet at 19, saying that she wanted to see the world and ultimately make her way to Hollywood and New York.

His main roles in films were in the 1950s, including in the Hollywood musical “Hans Christian Andersen” (1952), on the life of the Danish storyteller, and “Anything Goes” (1956) with Bing Crosby.

She triumphed at the music hall of the Alhambra in Paris in 1961 with a performance of “Mon Truc en Plumes” – her legendary costume of enormous pink ostrich feathers designed by Saint Laurent – and in 1966 danced alongside Rudolf Nureyev for the cinematographic version of Petit’s ballet “The Young Man and Death”.

Saint Laurent, who dressed her for 40 years, once said that she “only had to walk on stage for everything to come to life, fire and flames”.

Sealing his place in celebrity is a reference in the first line of Peter Sarstedt’s classic “Where Do You Go to My Lovely” (1969), which says: “You speak like Marlene Dietrich, And you dance like Zizi Jeanmaire. ”

A public ceremony in his honor will be held in September, said his daughter.

(AFP)

            

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