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Yvette Guilbert, 1867-1944

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 1867
Place of Birth: Paris
Date of Death: 1944
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Yvette Guilbert was a music hall singer.


Yvette Guilbert also became a stage and film actress. However she is most remembered for her years in Paris in the 1890s as a singer of risqué cabaret songs at the Moulin Rouge, Les Ambassadeurs and the Folies-Bergère. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec made numerous studies of her of which the most famous is a poster of her in a yellow dress and long black gloves. In January 1892 JW went to the Moulin Rouge ('big noisy and rowdy') with his friend William Heinemann and heard her sing (#06606). Later in life she wrote an autobiography La Chanson de ma vie, published in 1929, and two novels.


Encyclopedia Britannica, on-line edition, (accessed 17 August 2004).