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Zizi Jeanmaire (1924–2020), French ballerina danced in Hollywood films

by John Maxwell

Zizi Jeanmaire was a French modernist ballerina who won international acclaim for her sexually suggestive dancing in the ballet “Carmen,” choreographed by her husband, Roland Petit. She later appeared in the Hollywood films “Hans Christian Andersen” (1952) with Danny Kaye, and “Anything Goes” (1956) with Bing Crosby. She was billed simply as Jeanmaire.

  • Died: July 17, 2020 (Who else died on July 17?)
  • Details of death: Died at the age of 96.
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Fashion icon and cabaret star:

Her bobbed hairstyle and penchant for pink ostrich feathers made her fashion icon. She was also a beloved cabaret performer in France and the title of her signature song “Mon Truc en Plumes,” was politely translated by the Washington Post as “My thing in feathers.”

What people said about her:

Full obituary: The Washington Post

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