The icon of French chanson, Juliette Greco passes away

She sang songs by Jacques Prever, Bertold Brecht, Boris Viano, Françoise Sagan and Serge Gensbur

Juliette Gréco, 94, an icon of French chanson and the muse of existentialists, passed away yesterday at the age of 94 in southeastern France, her family said.

In the mid-1940s, novelist Remon Keno and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre wrote the poems “Si tu t’imagines…” and “La Rue des Blancs-Manteaux,” which brought Juliette Greco the first success of her brilliant career.

She sang songs by Jacques Prever, Bertold Brecht, Boris Viano, Françoise Sagan and Serge Genzbur.

After singing in the legendary Parisian cabaret, she went to New York and became world-famous. Upon her return to Paris in 1968, she recorded the famous chanson “Deshabillez-moi”

In her autobiography “Žižib” – which was her nickname as a child, Žilijet Greko, born in 1927, also wrote about the arrest of her mother and sister in the Second World War, for which she became politically engaged.

She dared to sing only forbidden songs at a concert in Chile in 1981, during the military regime of Augusto Pinochet. Chilean soldiers escorted her to the airport after the concert and sent her on the first plane back to France.

After a long relationship with jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, Juliette Greco had several marriages. She married actor Philippe Lemerre, then Michel Piccoli and finally Gerard Juane, former pianist Jacques Brela.

Among her most famous chansons are “Parlez-moi d’amour”, “Paris Canaille”, “Accordeon” and “Je suis comme je suis”.

In 2015, the singer held a farewell tour called “Merci” (Thank you) and which lasted a year. She starred in Jean Cocteau’s “Orpheus” (1950) and Otto Preminger’s “Good Day, Sadness” (1958).

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