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Jeanmaire/Zizi Jeanmaire


Born - 29 April 1924, Paris, France
Died - 17 July 2020

Elfin, urchin-cut brunette French prima ballerina with finely-boned facial features who, after becoming the toast of Paris in Carmen, also starred in a few Hollywood films. With her diminutive build and impish personality, the dancer, born Renee Jeanmaire, was called to Hollywood in 1952 to star opposite Danny Kaye in Hans Christian Anderson...and the Dancer. She returned to France, but later, there were a few more movies: Anything Goes (1956), Folies-Bergere (1956), Charmants Garcons (1957), Guinguette (1959) and Black Tights (1961), her last. Married to dancer/choreographer/ballet maestro Roland Petit for more than 55 years, she died at her Switzerland home from natural causes at 96. Petit died in 2011.