Guilbert, Yvette

SINGER, WRITER (FRANCE)
BORN 20 Jan 1865, Paris - DIED 2 Feb 1944, Aix-en-Provence: Hôtel Nègre Coste, cours Mirabeau
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 94)

Yvette Guilbert worked for a tailor and for the Printemps store before in1885 she met Charles Zidler, the director of the Hippodrome anf the creator of the Moulin Rouge. He engaged her as a comedian for the summer tour of his shows. She had little succes in Paris and tried her luck in Lyon and Belgium. Back in Paris things went better and she had succes at the Divan Japonais and at the Moulin Rouge. Toulouse-Lautrec drew her many times, starting in 1893. During the next years she performed in France, Germany, England and the USA.

In 1900 she fell ill and had to stop her career, but she recovered and returned to the stage. In 1906 she performed in Carnegie Hall in New York. During the First World War she tried to bring people together by means of art. Between 1915 and 1922 she resided in the USA. She knew many famous people of her time and wrote her memoirs. She died in Aix-en-Provence. In 1946 her remains were transferred to Père Lachaise in Paris.

Sources
Page d'entrée - Université de Napierville
Grosse Frauen der Weltgeschichte, Neuer Kaiser Verlag, Klagenfurt, 1987
• Le Clère, Marcel, Cimetières & Sepultures de Paris, Hachette, Paris, 1978

Images

The grave of Yvette Guilbert at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 Nov 2006)

 


Guimet, Émile Étienne

Published: 8 Feb 2008
Last update: 8 Feb 2008