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Juliette Gréco

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Juliette Gréco (French: [ʒyljɛt ɡʁeko]; born 7 February 1927) is a French actress and chanson singer.

Juliette Gréco
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Gréco in 2006
Background information
Born (1927-02-07) 7 February 1927 (age 92)
Montpellier, France
Years active1949–2016

Early life and familyEdit


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 herself became involved in the Résistance, and was caught by the Gestapo, along with her older sister, when she was 16 years old.[1]

She was imprisoned at Fresnes Prison for several months. After her release, she walked the eight miles back to Paris.[1] She moved to Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 1946 after her mother left the country for Indochina.[citation needed]

Bohemian lifestyleEdit

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".[2] She was known to many of the writers and artists working in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Boris Vian,[This quote needs a citation] thus gaining the nickname la Muse de l'existentialisme.[3]

Gréco spent the post-liberation years frequenting the Saint-Germain-des-Prés cafes, immersing herself in political and philosophical Bohemian culture. As a regular figure at music and poetry venues like Le Tabou on Rue Dauphine, Gréco met and had a relationship with Miles Davis in the early 1950s, and was acquainted with Jean Cocteau, being given a role in Cocteau's film Orphée in 1949.[4] 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.[citation needed]

Je Me Souviens De ToutEdit

Juliette Gréco in 1966

In 2009 Je Me Souviens De Tout, her latest album, 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.[5]


In the late 1960s, she was in the TV serial Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre. This gloomy character was so strongly connected with Gréco that it accompanied her for the rest of her life, and in 2001, she was included in the cast of the movie remake with the same title Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

She has married three times:

According to Spanish writer Manuel Vicent, Juliette Gréco was Albert Camus's lover.[7] An article in British Motor Sport (November 2017) stated that Gréco had been the lover of the racing driver Jean-Pierre Wimille in the year leading up to his death in the late 1940s.


Juliette Gréco, 2009

Gréco was portrayed by actress Anna Mouglalis in the film Gainsbourg (2010).

The Canadian band Library Voices described Gréco's relationship with Miles Davis in their song "Be My Juliette Gréco, Paris 1949" from their album Summer of Lust.

An allusion to Gréco is made by Ray Davies in the song "Art School Babe" from his album Storyteller.


  • 1982: Jujube (published in French), Stock


Notable songsEdit

  • 1950: "Si tu t'imagines"
  • 1951: "Je suis comme je suis"
  • 1952: "Les Dames de la poste"
  • 1952: "Je hais les dimanche"
  • 1952: "Les feuilles mortes"
  • 1954: "Sous le ciel de Paris"
  • 1959: "Bonjour tristesse"
  • 1961: "On n'oublie rien"
  • 1962: "Paris canaille"
  • 1963: "La Javanaise"
  • 1965: "Marions-les"
  • 1966: "Un petit poisson, un petit oiseau"
  • 1967: "Déshabillez-moi"
  • 1970: "J'arrive"
  • 1970: "Les pingouins"
  • 1972: "Mon fils chante"
  • 1972: "L'embellie"
  • 1972: "La lelluia"
  • 1972: "Mes théâtres"

Partial filmographyEdit



  1. ^ a b Poirier, Agnès (17 February 2014). "Juliette Gréco: 'We were very naughty'". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  2. ^ Sylvie-E. Saliceti. "Sartre par Gréco: Rue des Blancs-Manteaux" (in French).
  3. ^ "Juliette Greco dit pourquoi elle a été surnommée la muse de l'existentialisme" (in French). 13 July 1962.
  4. ^ Juliette Gréco (25 May 2006). "'Sartre asked Miles why we weren't married. He said he loved me too much to make me unhappy'". The Guardian.
  5. ^ "Le grand art de Juliette Gréco met K–O le public du Théâtre des Champs-Elysées". Le Monde (in French). 10 June 2009.
  6. ^ "Belphegor: Phantom of the Louvre (2001)". IMDb. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Mitología" - Manuel Vicent. El País (22 April 2007).
  8. ^ "Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres janvier 2016" (in French). Ministry of Culture and Communication of France. 31 March 2016.


  • Anthony Beever and Artemis Cooper. Paris After the Liberation, 1944–1949. London: Penguin, 1994. pp. 315–320.
  • Boggio, Philippe. Boris Vian (pp. 152–154)
  • Davis, Miles, Miles (pp. 126–127)

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