Juliette Gréco

 

Highlights

•  Juliette Greco dies at Age 93

• She only stopped performing aged 89 after a farewell tour

A true icon of the French chanson, Juliette Gréco, has died aged 93 after a fabled career that spanned eight decades.

Greco was imprisoned by Nazis during second world war

Born in 1927, Gréco was imprisoned by the Nazis during World War Two, but afterwards began performing in cellar clubs and cafes.
Dressed in black, she became a muse to philosophers and writers including Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus.

She was married three times but also had a long affair with Miles Davis.

She only stopped performing aged 89 after a farewell tour.
Gréco was also a celebrated actor, working with some of cinema’s greats, such as Jean Cocteau and Ingrid Bergman, Orson Welles and Ava Gardner. In France she achieved great success in the mid-1960s, playing the role of a schizophrenic in the spooky TV miniseries Belphégor.

She sang with France’s best balladeers Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens. Her haunting rendition of Sous le ciel de Paris (Under Paris Skies) is one of the classics of the French chanson. But she was loved internationally too, from Germany to Japan and beyond. In 1967, she sang in front of 60,000 people in Berlin and in 2005 released an album of songs in German.

She was married three times but also had a long affair with jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.

 

 

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