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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Throwback Thursday and Zizi Jeanmaire

Throwback Thursday and Zizi Jeanmaire

Renée Marcelle Jeanmaire was born on April 29, 1924 in Paris. She met her future husband, Roland Petit at the Paris Opera Ballet School when they were both nine years old. In 1949, she joined his company, Ballet de Paris. They soon married and their collaboration began her climb to fame.

Her success in the ballet Carmen led them to Hollywood, where she appeared in musicals in numbers often choreographed by her husband. Some of her musicals include: Hans Christian Andersen (1952) The Glass Slipper (1955), Daddy Long Legs (1955), The Glass Slipper (1955), Daddy Long Legs (1955), Anything Goes (1956), and the ballet film Black Tights (1962).

Later, she began to focus her attention on ballet, and produced over 60 shows with her husband. She also toured with a rock band,"Zizi au Zenith" when she was in her sixties.

Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit have a daughter, Valentine, born in 1955.
From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid #118:  
“Renée "Zizi" Jeanmaire was married to Roland Petit (Dance History Factoid # 84) and performed onstage and in movies.

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“As you get older you become more understanding. When I was young it was all about me. I was very egocentric. Now it is a pleasure to work with young people who have talent. It is a continuity for me. It is a way to go on...and, I think, a way to grow old.”
-          Renée "Zizi" Jeanmaire

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