Juliette Gréco

Juliette Gréco

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1927-02-07 · Deathday: 2020-09-23 (93 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Montpellier, Hérault, France

36 Movies · 17 TV shows

Biography

Juliette Gréco (French: [ʒyljɛt ɡʁeko]; 7 February 1927 – 23 September 2020) was a French singer and actress. Her best known songs are "Jolie Môme", "Déshabillez-moi", and "La Javanaise". She sang tracks with lyrics written by French poets such as Jacques Prévert and Boris Vian and singers like Jacques Brel and Serge Gainsbourg. Her sixty-year career finished in 2015 when she began her last worldwide tour titled "Merci".As an actress, Gréco played roles in films by French directors such as Jean Cocteau and Jean-Pierre Melville.

Personal Life

Gréco was married three times, to:actor Philippe Lemaire (1953–1956)actor Michel Piccoli (1966–1977)pianist Gérard Jouannest (1988–2018; his death)With Lemaire, she had a daughter, Laurence-Marie, born in 1954. Laurence-Marie Lemaire died from cancer in 2016 aged 62.In the year leading up to his death in the late 1940s, Gréco was the lover of married racing driver Jean-Pierre Wimille and suffered a miscarriage after his death.According to Spanish writer Manuel Vicent, Juliette Gréco was Albert Camus's lover. She also was in relationships with French singer Sacha Distel and Hollywood producer Darryl F. Zanuck.During her affair with Miles Davis, she was also dating U.S. record producer Quincy Jones. According to Jones' autobiography, Davis was irritated with him for years when he found out.Gréco had three rhinoplasties; in Paris in 1953 and 1956, and in London in 1960.In September 1965, Gréco attempted suicide by an overdose of sleeping pills. She was found unconscious in her bathroom and taken to the hospital by Françoise Sagan.Gréco lived between Paris and Saint-Tropez.A leftist, she supported François Mitterrand in the 1974 presidential election, and was an initial investor in Minute, when it was mainly non-political and focused on the entertainment world.Gréco died on 23 September 2020 at the age of 93.

Early Life

Juliette Gréco was born in Montpellier to an absent Corsican father, Gérard Gréco, and a mother from Bordeaux, Juliette Lafeychine (1899–1978). Her lineage hails in part from Greece. She did not receive love from her mother in her childhood and suffered from her harsh comments due to being an unwanted child, such as "You ain't my daughter. You're the child of rape". She was raised by her maternal grandparents in Bordeaux with her older sister Charlotte. After the death of her grandparents, her mother took them to Paris. In 1938, she became a ballerina at the Opéra Garnier.When World War II began, the family returned to the southwest of France. Gréco was a student at the Institut Royal d'éducation Sainte Jeanne d'Arc in Montauban. The Gréco family became active in the Résistance and her mother was arrested in 1943. The two sisters decided to move back to Paris but were captured and tortured by the Gestapo, then imprisoned in Fresnes Prison in September 1943. Her mother and sister were deported to Ravensbrück while Juliette, being only 16, remained in prison for several months before being released. After her release, she walked the eight miles back to Paris to retrieve her belongings from the Gestapo headquarters. Her former French teacher and her mother's friend, Hélène Duc, decided to take care of her.In 1945, Gréco's mother and sister returned from deportation after the liberation of Ravensbrück by the Red Army. Gréco moved to Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 1945 after her mother moved to Indochina, leaving Gréco and her sister behind.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

1 Movie
Paris Calligrammes

Paris Calligrammes

2020
Ulrike Ottinger weaves her personal memories of Parisian bohemianism and the serious social, political and cultural upheavals of the time into a cinematic figure poem.

2019.

1 Movie
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

2019
A visionary, innovator, and originator who embodied the word cool and was related to the life and career of musical and cultural icon Miles Davis.

2018.

1 Movie

2017.

1 Movie
The Incredible Mr. Piccoli

The Incredible Mr. Piccoli

2017
A captivating portrait of French actor Michel Piccoli, who has worked with the greatest filmmakers of his time and has built a dazzling career of remarkable merit and success, focusing on his work dur...

2016.

1 Movie
Vadim Mister Cool

Vadim Mister Cool

2016
As a poster boy for hedonism, his whole life was one big party. A journalist, filmmaker, director, producer, actor, novelist, ladies' man and prolific father... Roger Vladimir Plémiannikov, a.k.a. Rog...

2015.

1 Movie
Hôtel La Louisiane

Hôtel La Louisiane

2015
Hôtel La Louisiane is, at its core, a film about freedom and dignity. Freedom for those who wish to live in a place where they are able to feel inspired. Dignity for the hotel owner to stand by his pr...

2012.

2 Movies

2010.

1 Movie
Gainsbourg and His Girls

Gainsbourg and His Girls

2010
TV documentary

2006.

1 Movie
Play Your Own Thing: A Story of Jazz in Europe

Play Your Own Thing: A Story of Jazz in Europe

2006
A comprehensive history of European Jazz, exploring the origins of the US-influenced Jazz clubs after the Second World War, the first steps independent of American jazz and the various changes of dire...

2002.

1 Movie
Everyman's Feast

Everyman's Feast

2002
The 1913 play by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, which was based on a medieval tale, was the basis for the big-budget drama Jedermann's Fest. The myth of John Everyman deals with a rich man on his deathbed com...

2001.

1 Movie
Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre

Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre

2001
A collection of artifacts from an archeological dig in Egypt are brought to the famous Louvre museum in Paris, and while experts are using a laser scanning device to determine the age of a sarcophagus...

1998.

1 TV show

1996.

1 TV show

1990.

1 TV show
TV
Stars 90

1984.

1 TV show

1982.

1 TV show

1978.

1 TV show

1975.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1972.

1 TV show

1971.

1 TV show

1968.

1 TV show

1967.

1 Movie
The Night of the Generals

The Night of the Generals

1967
The murder of a prostitute is the focus of a Nazi investigation during World War II. Major Grau believes that the Generals Tanz, Kahlenberg and Seydlitz-Gabler are involved in a plot to kill Hitler.

1966.

1 Movie
Love at Sea

Love at Sea

1966
During her holiday in Brest, a young Parisian falls in love with a sailor. But autumn comes and the two lovers have to part. They write to each other. Will their love resist at a distance, each living...

1965.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Belphegor, or Phantom of the Louvre

Belphegor, or Phantom of the Louvre

1965
There is a phantom in the Louvre at night. The guards can't catch it. A student tries to find out more about a strange creature by himself. He seems to be more effective than the local police. He most...
Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin

1965
In the pre-Civil War South, a sadistic plantation-owner brutalizes his slaves to the point of them heaving no other choice but to rebel. Always obedient, peaceful and honest old slave Tom plays a cent...

1964.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Cherchez l'idole

Cherchez l'idole

10
1964
After stealing a diamond from Mylène Demongeot, Richard hides it inside a guitar. But on returning to the music shop he discovers that the precious instrument has just been sold! The problem is compli...

1963.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
38-24-36

38-24-36

1963
The subject of a film is a rundown of the songs sung by the stars of the time, chained to various shows such as strip and comic caricatures.

1962.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Where the Truth Lies

Where the Truth Lies

1962
Adaptation of a novel by Boileau & Narcejac about a young veterinarian who falls under the influence of a strange woman, who might be a Voodoo priestess.

1961.

1 Movie
The Big Gamble

The Big Gamble

1961
Irish seaman Vic Brennan convinces his Dublin family to finance a truck-hauling business in the remote African town of Jebanda. The only condition is that his cousin Samuel, a timid bank clerk, go wit...

1960.

1 Movie
Crack in the Mirror

Crack in the Mirror

1960
A story of two love triangles.

1959.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Discorama
Whirlpool

Whirlpool

6
1959
The ex-girlfriend hid with the captain. The Rhine has a ship on it.

1958.

3 Movies
The Naked Earth

The Naked Earth

1958
Adventure's Mighty Era!
The Roots of Heaven

The Roots of Heaven

1958
In Fort Lamy, French Equitorial Africa, idealist Morel launches a one-man campaign to preserve the African elephant from extinction, which he sees as the last remaining "roots of Heaven." At first, he...
Bonjour Tristesse

Bonjour Tristesse

1958
Raymond's daughter is Cecile. Anne came to Raymond's villa and Cecile was afraid of her way of life.

1957.

1 Movie
The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises

1957
A group of American expatriates live a hedonistic lifestyle in France and Spain in the 1920's.

1956.

3 Movies
Elena and Her Men

Elena and Her Men

6
1956
Set amid the military maneuvers and Quatorze Juillet carnivals of turn-of-the-century France, Jean Renoir’s delirious romantic comedy Elena and her Men stars a radiant Ingrid Bergman as a beautiful, b...

1955.

1 TV show

1954.

1 Movie
Saint-Tropez, devoirs de vacances

Saint-Tropez, devoirs de vacances

1954
Artists and celebrities were attracted to Saint-Tropez in the early 1950s. The summer impressions of a young Parisian were commented on by Paul Paviot and Boris Vian.

1953.

1 Movie
When You Read This Letter

When You Read This Letter

1953
After the sudden death of her parents, a novice nun leaves the convent to manage the family business and look after her teenage sister. A womanizing mechanic preys on both of them.

1952.

1 Movie
The Green Glove

The Green Glove

1952
Nazi-collaborator art thief Paul Rona was captured by an American soldier in World War II. After the financial reversals, Mike went back to look for the object. In Paris, he must dodge mysterious foll...

1951.

1 Movie

1950.

1 Movie
Orpheus

Orpheus

3
1950
At the Cafe des Potes in Paris, a fight breaks out between the poet Orphée and a group of resentful upstarts. A poet named Cgeste is killed and a princess wants to take the poet's body away in a Rolls...

1949.

2 Movies
The Sinners

The Sinners

1949
Au Royaume des Cieux takes place in in a dreadful girls' reformatory. A couple of lovers will try to escape from this living hell.
Disorder

Disorder

1949
Docufiction set in the Paris art scene.
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