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Subject: Obit translation to English: JULIETTE GRÉCO IS DEAD AT THE AGE OF 93...the rest inside...


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Date Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 09:55:53pm
In reply to: Dies at 93 's message, "Juliette Greco, French actress and singer. One of the last survivors of the 1957 film " The Sun Also Rises."" on Wednesday, September 23, 11:09:54am

The French singer, performer of La Javanaise and Undress me passed away this Wednesday, September 23 at the age of 93.

The icon of French song Juliette Gréco, also famous for her interpretation of Belphégor on television, died this Wednesday, September 23 at the age of 93, her family announced. The Muse de Saint-Germain des Prés died out after a career spanning nearly 70 years.


"Juliette Gréco passed away this Wednesday, September 23, 2020 surrounded by her family in her beloved house in Ramatuelle. Her life was out of the ordinary," said the family in a text sent to AFP.
"She was still making French songs shine at 89," she added. Until the stroke that struck her in 2016, the year she also lost her only daughter Laurence-Marie. "I miss it terribly. My reason for living is to sing! To sing is the totality, there is the body, the instinct, the head", declared the singer again very recently in a published interview. in July in the weekly Télérama.

"It is a very great lady who is leaving," responded to AFP Alexandre Baud, producer of his last tour. "Juliette had been tired for some time but she had kept her extremely sharp mind as evidenced by her unbridled interview with Télérama".
Born in Montpellier in 1927, Juliette Gréco plunges into the artistic world very early on, becoming a little rat at the age of 13 at the Opéra Garnier in Paris. During the war, in 1940, she found herself imprisoned with her sister at the Fresnes remand center. Unlike her mother and sister, deported to Ravensbrück and released only at the end of the war, Juliette Gréco goes out free after two years in captivity.


Birth of the Muse of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
After the war, she discovered the life of Saint-Germain des Prés and befriended many artistic figures such as Boris Vian, Jean-Paul Sartre or Joseph Kosma. The famous philosopher and the composer then wrote the song Rue des Blancs-Manteaux for her in 1950, a "gift" for this very young performer whose career was launched.

Figure of the cabaret Le Tabou (where she meets Miles Davis) and La Rose Rouge, Juliette Gréco leads a career in the theater (Jean Cocteau offers her the role of Orphée) and in music (she records her first disc Je am as I am in 1951 and receives the Sacem prize for I hate Sundays).

After a career in Hollywood which will see her turn for Orson Welles or John Huston, Juliette Gréco returns to France in the early 1960s, shines on stage at Bobino and introduces previously unknown talents such as Léo Ferré or Serge Gainsbourg, who make up then respectively for her the famous Jolie môme and La Javanaise. During this period, she also distinguished herself on the small screen through the Belphégor series by Claude Barma.

In constant search of new authors
Throughout his career, the interpreter of Undress me, wife of Gérard Jouannest, and who notably shared the life of Philippe Lemaire, Michel Piccoli and Darryl Zanuck, has never stopped performing around the world and participating in the emergence of young authors and composers. The singer will thus have collaborated for the needs of her albums with artists as diverse and varied as Jacques Brel, Guy Béart, Jean Ferrat, Julien Clerc, Olivia Ruiz, Benjamin Biolay, Abd Al Malik, Marc Lavoine or even Miossec.

In 2015, Juliette Gréco started at the age of 88 a farewell tour called Merci, launched at Printemps de Bourges and which took the artist from Tel Aviv to Toronto via Antwerp. Before this tour, the one who strove to do only "the useful and the beautiful" confided that she wanted to "go standing up, with as much elegance as possible."

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