Gilliams, Jenny

BORN 3 May 1892, Antwerpen - DIED 26 Nov 1927, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland: Rembrandtplein
BIRTH NAME Gilliams, Joanna Jacoba
CAUSE OF DEATH murdered by gunshot
GRAVE LOCATION Den Haag, Zuid-Holland: Oud Eik en Duinen, Laan van Eik en Duinen (E2 1-3218)

Jenny Gilliams was the daughter of Pierre Gilliams and Anna Maria Crets. She studied singing under Berthe Seroen. At an early age she formed a duo with her brother Frans. She fled to the Netherlands with her husband Fred Elbers at the outbreak of the First World War. Together with her husband, her brother Frans and her brother's wife Francine she formed a successful cabaret group. She and Fred had a son, Fredy. After the war her husband wanted to return to Belgium but Jenny wanted to stay in the Netherlands and they divorced.

During a performance in a cafe in Roosendaal Jean-Louis Pisuisse was in the audience. He asked her to join his cabaret company and she first performed with them in 1919. She conducted a love affair with Pisuisse and they had a daughter in 1920. In 1925 Pisuisse divorced Fie Carelsen and he married her in 1927.

She started an affair with Tjakko Kuiper but decided to stay with Pisuisse. This enraged Kuiper and on 26 Nov 1927 he shot Jenny as well as Pisuisse at the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam and killed himself afterwards. They were buried next to each other at the Oud Eik en Duinen cemetery in The Hague.

• Husband: Pisuisse, Jean Louis (1927-1927)


The graves of Jenny Gilliams and J.L. Pisuisse at the Oud Eik en Duinen Cemetery, The Hague.
Picture by Androom (03 Aug 2007)


The grave of Jenny Gilliams at the Oud Eik en Duinen Cemetery, The Hague.
Picture by Androom (03 Aug 2007)


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Gillott, Joseph

Published: 03 Nov 2013
Last update: 02 Feb 2022