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Juliette Gréco
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Background information
Born 7 February 1927 (1927-02-07) (age 93)
Montpellier, Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Genres Chanson
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1949–present

Juliette Gréco (born 7 February 1927) is a French actress and popular chanson singer.

In 1949, she began working with composer Miles Davis. That same year, she began a new singing career with a number of well-known French writers writing lyrics; Raymond Queneau's "Si tu t’imagines" was one of her earliest songs to become popular.

In the late 1960s she featured in the TV serial Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre.

Early life and family

Juliette Greco October 1951 2
Juliette Greco 1951

Juliette Gréco was born in Montpellier to a Corsican father and a mother who became active in the Résistance in the Hérault département of southern France. Gréco herself became involved in the Résistance, and was caught by the Gestapo, along with her older sister, when she was 16 years old.

She was imprisoned at Fresnes prison for several months. After her release, she walked the eight miles back to Paris. She moved to Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 1946.

Gréco became a devotee of the bohemian fashion of some intellectuals of post-war France. Jean-Paul Sartre said of Gréco that she had "millions of poems in her voice". She was known to many of the writers and artists.

Gréco spent the post-liberation years frequenting the Saint Germain cafes, immersing herself in political and philosophical Bohemian culture. As a regular figure at music and poetry venues like Le Tabou on Rue Dauphine, Gréco met and had a relationship with Miles Davis in the early 1950s.

Juliette Greco in het Amstelstation, Bestanddeelnr 913-4436
Juliette Greco at the Amstel Hotel 1962

Personal life

She has married three times:

She was decorated with the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2016.

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