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Zizi Jeanmaire (1924)

Renée Marcelle Jeanmaire begins her career, in 1933, as a ballet dancer at the Opéra de Paris before turning herself towards music-hall at the Folies Bergères, in 1954, with the help of her husband, the choreographer, Roland Petit with whom she had worked with in his own company, the Ballets de Paris. With their modern interpretation of the ballet Carmen, in 1949, the couple revolutionises classical dance and Renée, with her new short hair, becomes Zizi. With her rakish voice, she also becomes the singer of mischievous airs and performs a Broadway star while her rigorous technique, her magnetic presence and her insolent yet chic charm conquer audiences and artists such as Boris Vian who claims: 'she has legs longer than her body...She has eyes that could empty a Trappist monastery in five minutes.' An inspiration to Yves Saint Laurent, her leotards, her legs covered with black tights and her 'truc en plumes' changed the image of ballet dancing, showing it could also be a glamorous and sexy spectacle and imprinted her mark on fashion with a little help from Serge Gainsbourg who adopted her famous dancing shoes, Repetto's 'Zizi'.

Tags / Zizi Jeanmaire - French Dancer - Ballet - Music Hall - 1960s - Sexy - Muses - It Women
Zizi Jeanmaire by Baron, 1950s
Zizi Jeanmaire by Baron, 1950s
Zizi Jeanmaire by Francis Giacobetti, ca. 2002
Zizi Jeanmaire by Francis Giacobetti, ca. 2002
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1957
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1957
Zizi Jeanmaire by Willy Rizzo, 1947
Zizi Jeanmaire by Willy Rizzo, 1947
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit by Inge Morath, 1957
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit by Inge Morath, 1957
Zizi Jeanmaire by Jeanloup Sieff, 1978
Zizi Jeanmaire by Jeanloup Sieff, 1978
Zizi Jeanmaire by Jeanloup Sieff, 1978
Zizi Jeanmaire by Jeanloup Sieff, 1978
Catherine Deneuve, Francoise Sagan, Yves Saint Laurent and Zizi Jeanmaire during a fashion show, photographed by Christian Simonpietri, 1970s
Catherine Deneuve, Francoise Sagan, Yves Saint Laurent and Zizi Jeanmaire during a fashion show, photographed by Christian Simonpietri, 1970s
Zizi Jeanmaire and Yves Saint Laurent, 1961
Zizi Jeanmaire and Yves Saint Laurent, 1961
Zizi Jeanmaire arriving at a party organised by the Marquis de Cuevas as a publicity stunt for his ballet company, photographed by Vagn Hansen, 1955
Zizi Jeanmaire arriving at a party organised by the Marquis de Cuevas as a publicity stunt for his ballet company, photographed by Vagn Hansen, 1955
Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Levin, 1955
Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Levin, 1955
Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Levin, 1955
Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Levin, 1955
Danny Kaye as Hans Christian Andersen and Zizi Jeanmaire as Doro in Hans Christian Andersen directed by Charles Vidor, 1952
Danny Kaye as Hans Christian Andersen and Zizi Jeanmaire as Doro in Hans Christian Andersen directed by Charles Vidor, 1952
Alain Delon and Zizi Jeanmaire in the TV Show Zizi Petit Show, photographed by Domique Berretty, 1969
Alain Delon and Zizi Jeanmaire in the TV Show Zizi Petit Show, photographed by Domique Berretty, 1969
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1963
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1963
Zizi Jeanmaire by Henri Marcou, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire by Henri Marcou, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire and Bing Crosby in a publicity shot for Anything Goes directed by Robert Lewis, 1956
Zizi Jeanmaire and Bing Crosby in a publicity shot for Anything Goes directed by Robert Lewis, 1956
Zizi Jeanmaire, Yves Saint Laurent and Leslie Caron, 1966
Zizi Jeanmaire, Yves Saint Laurent and Leslie Caron, 1966
Original costume design sketch by Edith Head accomplished in ink and gouache on illustration paper, featuring Zizi Jeanmaire as Gaby Duval for Anything Goes directed by Robert Lewis, 1956
Original costume design sketch by Edith Head accomplished in ink and gouache on illustration paper, featuring Zizi Jeanmaire as Gaby Duval for Anything Goes directed by Robert Lewis, 1956
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1955
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1955
Alain Delon and Zizi Jeanmaire in the TV Show Zizi Petit Show, photographed by Jean-Pierre Bonnotte, 1969
Alain Delon and Zizi Jeanmaire in the TV Show Zizi Petit Show, photographed by Jean-Pierre Bonnotte, 1969
Alain Delon and Zizi Jeanmaire in the TV Show Zizi Petit Show, photographed by Jean-Pierre Bonnotte, 1969
Alain Delon and Zizi Jeanmaire in the TV Show Zizi Petit Show, photographed by Jean-Pierre Bonnotte, 1969
Zizi Jeanmaire by Jean-Claude Deutsch for Paris Match, 1969
Zizi Jeanmaire by Jean-Claude Deutsch for Paris Match, 1969
Yves Saint Laurent et Zizi Jeanmaire on the set of the Ballet Cyrano de Bergerac choreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Roger Viollet, 1959
Yves Saint Laurent et Zizi Jeanmaire on the set of the Ballet Cyrano de Bergerac choreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Roger Viollet, 1959
Zizi Jeanmaire by Jaques Haillot, 1968
Zizi Jeanmaire by Jaques Haillot, 1968
Zizi Jeanmaire by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1959
Zizi Jeanmaire by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1959
Zizi Jeanmaire by Serge Lido, 1950s
Zizi Jeanmaire by Serge Lido, 1950s
Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Lévin, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Lévin, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire by Serge Lido, 1953
Zizi Jeanmaire by Serge Lido, 1953
Zizi Jeanmaire by Philippe Halsman, 1954
Zizi Jeanmaire by Philippe Halsman, 1954
Zizi Jeanmaire and her daughter Valentine Petit by Jean-Claude Roca, 1982
Zizi Jeanmaire and her daughter Valentine Petit by Jean-Claude Roca, 1982
Zizi Jeanmaire by Gordon Parks, 1949
Zizi Jeanmaire by Gordon Parks, 1949
Catherine Deneuve, Yves Saint Laurent and Zizi Jeanmaire attending YSL High Fashion Show during the fashion week, photographed by Michel Dufour, 1988
Catherine Deneuve, Yves Saint Laurent and Zizi Jeanmaire attending YSL High Fashion Show during the fashion week, photographed by Michel Dufour, 1988
Maurice Chevalier and Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Lévin, early 1970s
Maurice Chevalier and Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Lévin, early 1970s
Zizi Jeanmaire by Dennis Stock, 1958
Zizi Jeanmaire by Dennis Stock, 1958
Zizi Jeanmaire by Philippe Le Tellier for Paris March, 1960
Zizi Jeanmaire by Philippe Le Tellier for Paris March, 1960
Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Lévin, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Lévin, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Lévin, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Lévin, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit in the Ballet Carmen, choreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Baron, 1948
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit in the Ballet Carmen, choreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Baron, 1948
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit in the Ballet Carmen, choreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Baron, 1948
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit in the Ballet Carmen, choreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Baron, 1948
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit in the Ballet Carmen, choreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Baron, 1948
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit in the Ballet Carmen, choreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Baron, 1948
Zizi Jeanmaire in the Ballet Carmen, choreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Baron, 1948
Zizi Jeanmaire in the Ballet Carmen, choreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Baron, 1948
Zizi Jeanmaire in the Ballet Carmen, choreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Baron, 1948
Zizi Jeanmaire in the Ballet Carmen, choreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Baron, 1948
Yves Saint Laurent and Zizi Jeanmaire, 1962
Yves Saint Laurent and Zizi Jeanmaire, 1962
Zizi Jeanmaire by Pascal Parrot, 1984
Zizi Jeanmaire by Pascal Parrot, 1984
Promotional for Charmants Garçons directed by Henri Decoin, 1957
Promotional for Charmants Garçons directed by Henri Decoin, 1957
Zizi Jeanmaire on the set of the Théâtres des Champs Élysées, 1985
Zizi Jeanmaire on the set of the Théâtres des Champs Élysées, 1985
Zizi Jeanmaire on the set of the Théâtres des Champs Élysées, 1985
Zizi Jeanmaire on the set of the Théâtres des Champs Élysées, 1985
Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Lévin, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Lévin, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1961
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1961
Alain Delon and Zizi Jeanmaire in the TV Show Zizi Petit Show, 1969
Alain Delon and Zizi Jeanmaire in the TV Show Zizi Petit Show, 1969
Roland Petit, Mime Marceau, Maurice Chevalier and Zizi Jeanmaire on a staircase of the Eiffel Tower, 1963
Roland Petit, Mime Marceau, Maurice Chevalier and Zizi Jeanmaire on a staircase of the Eiffel Tower, 1963
Zizi Jeanmaire and Rudolf Nureyev performing on the set of the Ballet film Le Jeune Homme et La Mortchoreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Jürgen Vollmer, 1966
Zizi Jeanmaire and Rudolf Nureyev performing on the set of the Ballet film Le Jeune Homme et La Mortchoreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Jürgen Vollmer, 1966
Rudolf Nureyev and Zizi Jeanmaire performing on the set of the Ballet film Le Jeune Homme et La Mortchoreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Jürgen Vollmer, 1966
Rudolf Nureyev and Zizi Jeanmaire performing on the set of the Ballet film Le Jeune Homme et La Mortchoreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Jürgen Vollmer, 1966
Zizi Jeanmaire and Rudolf Nureyev performing on the set of the Ballet film Le Jeune Homme et La Mortchoreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Jürgen Vollmer, 1966
Zizi Jeanmaire and Rudolf Nureyev performing on the set of the Ballet film Le Jeune Homme et La Mortchoreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Jürgen Vollmer, 1966
Rudolf Nureyev and Zizi Jeanmaire performing on the set of the Ballet film Le Jeune Homme et La Mortchoreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Jürgen Vollmer, 1966
Rudolf Nureyev and Zizi Jeanmaire performing on the set of the Ballet film Le Jeune Homme et La Mortchoreographed by Roland Petit, photographed by Jürgen Vollmer, 1966
Zizi Jeanmaire by Baron, 1949
Zizi Jeanmaire by Baron, 1949
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1955
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1955
Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Lévin, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire by Sam Lévin, 1960s
Original costume design sketch by Yves Saint Laurent for Zizi Jeanmaire, ca. 1972
Original costume design sketch by Yves Saint Laurent for Zizi Jeanmaire, ca. 1972
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit, 1997
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit, 1997
Zizi Jeanmaire performing during the 3rd Young Dancers Eurovision Contest, 1989
Zizi Jeanmaire performing during the 3rd Young Dancers Eurovision Contest, 1989
Zizi Jeanmaire at Le Casino de Paris by Philippe Le Tellier, 1970
Zizi Jeanmaire at Le Casino de Paris by Philippe Le Tellier, 1970
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1950s
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1950s
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire and Rolf Liebermann, director of the Paris Opera,  1973
Zizi Jeanmaire and Rolf Liebermann, director of the Paris Opera, 1973
Zizi Jeanmaire by Peter Hall 1960
Zizi Jeanmaire by Peter Hall 1960
Zizi Jeanmaire and Yves Saint Laurent at fashion show for LIFE, 1962
Zizi Jeanmaire and Yves Saint Laurent at fashion show for LIFE, 1962
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit on the set of the Ballet Carmen choreographed by Roland Petit, photographd by Gordon Parks for LIFE, 1949
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit on the set of the Ballet Carmen choreographed by Roland Petit, photographd by Gordon Parks for LIFE, 1949
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit on the set of the Ballet Carmen choreographed by Roland Petit, photographd by Gordon Parks for LIFE, 1949
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit on the set of the Ballet Carmen choreographed by Roland Petit, photographd by Gordon Parks for LIFE, 1949
Zizi Jeanmaire on the set of the Ballet Carmen choreographed by Roland Petit, photographd by Gordon Parks for LIFE, 1949
Zizi Jeanmaire on the set of the Ballet Carmen choreographed by Roland Petit, photographd by Gordon Parks for LIFE, 1949
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit after the performance of the Ballet Carmen choreographed by Roland Petit, photographd by Gordon Parks for LIFE, 1949
Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit after the performance of the Ballet Carmen choreographed by Roland Petit, photographd by Gordon Parks for LIFE, 1949
Zizi Jeanmaire on the set of the Ballet Carmen choreographed by Roland Petit, photographd by Gordon Parks for LIFE, 1949
Zizi Jeanmaire on the set of the Ballet Carmen choreographed by Roland Petit, photographd by Gordon Parks for LIFE, 1949
Alain Delon, Juiette Greco, Unknow man, Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit, 1969
Alain Delon, Juiette Greco, Unknow man, Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit, 1969
Yves Saint Laurent and Zizi Jeanmaire after a fashion show, 1962
Yves Saint Laurent and Zizi Jeanmaire after a fashion show, 1962
Roland Petit and Zizi Jeanmaire by Baron, 1956
Roland Petit and Zizi Jeanmaire by Baron, 1956
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1960s
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1979s
Zizi Jeanmaire, 1979s
Zizi Jeanmaire on the set of the Originial Broadway Cast for Girl in Pink Tights, photograped by Mark Shaw, 1954
Zizi Jeanmaire on the set of the Originial Broadway Cast for Girl in Pink Tights, photograped by Mark Shaw, 1954
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