With Zizi Jeanmaire, a figure of Paris, music hall and dance disappears.

The unforgettable interpreter of «Mon truc en plume» had inspired Louis Aragon with this incredible phrase «Without her, Paris would not be Paris». Zizi Jeanmaire was a huge dancer and tireless music hall artist. A student at the Paris Opera School of Dance, she had joined the ballet corps before joining, with Roland Petit who would become her artistic companion and husband for a life in the service of dance, the Nouveau Ballet de Monte-Carlo then the Ballets de Paris.

By the end of the 1940s she had triumphed all over the world as the star dancer of the Ballets de Paris in «Carmen» and then in «The Diamond Croqueuse» by Roland Petit. This immense success opened the doors of Hollywood, where she shot under the direction of Howard Hughes or Charles Vidor. In France, she multiplies artistic collaborations in films by Henri Decoin and Jean Delannoy, in music-hall shows directed by Roland Petit including the famous «Mon truc en plume» at the Alhambra and then at the Casino de Paris, but also in London and Broadway where it remains 7 months on the bill. She performed with Rudolf Nureyev the choreography «The Young Man and Death» in 1996 for a memorable film version. Her 1990s are marked by her meeting with Serge Gainsbourg who composes and directs for her the show «Zizi au Zénith» and she gives in the 2000s a series of concerts at the Opéra Bastille talent, her distinctive silhouette, its elegance, a symbol of the Parisian style around the world, will be missed by all lovers of dance.

Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, sends her deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.