Adonis Diaries

Mistinguett of The Moulin Rouge: Biggest star insured legs for 500,000 francs in 1919

Posted on: February 18, 2017

Mistinguett of The Moulin Rouge:  Biggest star insured legs for 500,000 francs in 1919

Mistinguett  was a French actress and singer, whose birth name was Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois. She was at one time the highest-paid female entertainer in the world.

Once during a tour of the United States, Mistinguett was asked by Time magazine to explain her popularity. Her answer was, “It is a kind of magnetism. I say  ‘Come closer’ and draw them to me.

Mistinguett, born in poverty, was not particularly beautiful but had an undeniably quick wit. She wanted to build her own life and said “the poor suburbs, it’s not enough just to want to get out.

I had a talent: life. All the rest remains to be done, to be thought about. I couldn’t allow myself just to be a beautiful animal, I had to think of everything”. A peerless businesswoman, she first listened carefully then captivated.

Source
Source

 

 Maurice Chevalier and Mistinguett, Source
Maurice Chevalier and Mistinguett, Source

 

Source
Source

 

 Mistinguett and Josephine Baker in 1927. Source
Mistinguett and Josephine Baker in 1927. Source

At an early age Mistinguett.aspired to be an entertainer. She began as a flower seller in a restaurant in her hometown, singing popular ballads as she sold blossoms.

After taking classes in theatre and singing, she began her career as an entertainer in 1885. One day on the train to Paris for a violin lesson, she met Saint-Marcel, who directed the revue at the Casino de Paris.

He engaged her first as a stage-hand, and here she began to pursue her goal to become an entertainer, experimenting with various stage-names, being successively Miss Helyett, Miss Tinguette, Mistinguette and, finally, Mistinguett.

 

 Mistinguett at the Moulin Rouge Source
Mistinguett at the Moulin Rouge Source

Bourgeois made her debut as Mistinguett at the Casino de Paris in 1895 and went on to appear in venues such as the Folies Bergère, Moulin Rouge and Eldorado.

She was at one time the highest-paid female entertainer in the world.

thevintagenews.com

Her risqué routines captivated Paris, and she went on to become the most popular French entertainer of her time and the highest paid female entertainer in the world, known for her flamboyance and a zest for the theatrical.In 1919 her legs were insured for 500,000 francs.

 Mistinguett in her Chrysler, Deauville, France, 1929 Source
Mistinguett in her Chrysler, Deauville, France, 1929 Source

 

 Mistinguett in the United States in 1924 Source
Mistinguett in the United States in 1924 Source

 

 Mistinguett poster, 1911 Source
Mistinguett poster, 1911 Source

 

 Mistinguett sitting on her Chrysler with a group of photographers in Deauville in 1929. Source
Mistinguett sitting on her Chrysler with a group of photographers in Deauville in 1929. Source

 

 Mistinguett Source
Mistinguett Source

 

Source
Source

 

 

Source
Source

Mistinguett died in Bougival, France, at the age of 80, attended by her son, a doctor.

She is buried in the Cimetière Enghien-les-Bains, Île-de-France, France.

Upon her death, writer Jean Cocteau observed in an obituary, “Her voice, slightly off-key, was that of the Parisian street hawkers—the husky, trailing voice of the Paris people.

She was of the animal race that owes nothing to intellectualism. She incarnated herself. She flattered a French patriotism that was not shameful. It is normal now that she should crumble, like the other caryatids of that great and marvelous epoch that was ours”.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

adonis49

adonis49

adonis49

February 2017
M T W T F S S
« Jan   Mar »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728  

Blog Stats

  • 920,991 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.adonisbouh@gmail.com

Join 461 other followers

%d bloggers like this: