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Juliette Gréco (born 7 February 1927), is a French actress and popular chanson singer.
Early life and family
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. She was raised by her maternal grandparents. Gréco also became involved in the Résistance, and was caught but not deported because of her young age. She moved to Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 1946 after her mother left the country for Indochina.
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 working in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Boris Vian.
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, Greco became acquainted with Miles Davis and Jean Cocteau, even being given a role in Cocteau’s film Orphée in 1949. 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.
Je Me Souviens De Tout
In 2009 her newest album, Je Me Souviens De Tout, was released. To mark the occasion, Gréco, accompanied by her husband Gérard Jouannest on the piano, and Jean-Louis Matinier on the accordion gave four concerts at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in early June.
In the late '60s she featured in the well-known TV serial Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre. This gloomy character was so strongly connected with Juliette Greco, that she brought it with herself for the rest of her life and in 2001 she was included in the cast of the famous movie remake with the same title Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre.
She has been married three times: to actor Philippe Lemaire (1953–1956; one daughter, Laurence-Marie Lemaire, b. 1954), actor Michel Piccoli (1966–1977), and pianist Gérard Jouannest (since 1988).
She also had an affair with Patrick Leigh Fermor.
In popular culture
Gréco was portrayed by actress Anna Mouglalis in the film Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) (2010).
Gréco is featured in "Lovers of Saint-Germain-des-Prés", a chapter written in screenplay format in PARISIANS: An Adventure History of Paris, by Graham Robb (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010).
The Canadian band Library Voices describes Gréco's relationship with Miles Davis in their song "Be my Juliette Gréco, Paris 1949" from the album Summer of Lust.