Avril, Jane

DANCER, SINGER (FRANCE)
BORN 31 May 1868, Paris - DIED 16 Jan 1943, Paris: Rue de la Saida: Pavillon des Vieilles
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 19)

Jane Avril came from a noble Italian family, but already at an early age she turned against their strict rules. When she was eightteen she became a dancer. In the Moulin Rouge she followed in the footsteps of La Goulue and there she attracted the attention of Toulouse-Lautrec, who depicted her on his posters.

She also appeared at the Hippodrome and at the Chat Noir, where Alphone Allais fell in love with her. Later she performed at the Jardins de Paris and at the Folies Bergères. In 1910 she had a son and later she married the painter Maurice Biais. During the First World War she performed for good causes. When Biais died in 1926 she was poor and lived in the country.

In 1933 her memoir titles "Paris Midi" were published and in 1935 she appeared one more time at the Moulin de la Galette. On June 22th, 1939 a benefit show was organized for her.

Sources
• Cullen, Catherine, Paris, The Woman's Travel Guide, Virago Press, London, 1993
• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des Cimetières en France, Le Cherche Midi Éditeur, Paris, 1994

Images

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

 


Ayrton, William Edward

Published: 23 Sep 2007
Last update: 23 Sep 2007