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Zizi Jeanmaire

Zizi Jeanmaire (born Renée Marcelle Jeanmaire 29 April 1924) is a French ballet dancer and the widow of renowned dancer and choreographer Roland Petit. She became famous in the 1950s after playing the title role in the ballet Carmen, produced in London in 1949, and went on to appear in several Hollywood films. She and Petit had one daughter, Valentine Petit, a dancer and actress. Jeanmaire is mentioned in the lyrics of the song by Peter Sarstedt, "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?", in the first line: "You talk like Marlene Dietrich, and you dance like Zizi Jeanmaire / Your clothes are all made by Balmain and there's diamonds and pearls in your hair".[5] She is also mentioned in the lyrics of the song by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, "Nothing is Sacred", from their album Timeless Flight: "I said: "Zizi Jeanmaire wouldn't take this and neither will we / if they call me Napoleon again I'll be forced to let the lion free".

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Apr 29, 1924 In Paris, France
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Hans Christian Andersen 1952-12-19
Latest Project:
Movie That's Dancing! 1985-01-01
Known For
Poster of Carmen
Poster of Great Performances
Poster of Der goldene Schuß
Poster of Discorama
Movie That's Dancing! 1985-01-01
Series Champs-Elysées Unknown 1982-01-16
Movie Carmen Carmen 1980-01-01
Series Numéro un Self 1975-04-05
Series Great Performances self 1971-01-28
Series Night-Club self 1968-09-13
Series Europarty Self 1967-06-04
Series Der goldene Schuß herself 1964-11-26
Movie Black Tights The Gold Digger / Carmen 1962-02-20
Series Discorama Self 1959-02-04
Movie Guinguette Renée dite Guinguette 1959-03-04
Movie Folies-Bergère Claudie 1957-01-09
Movie Charmants garçons Lulu Natier 1957-12-11
Movie Anything Goes Gaby Duval 1956-04-27
Movie Hans Christian Andersen Doro 1952-12-19