Colon, Jenny

BORN 5 Nov 1808, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais - DIED 5 Jun 1842, Paris: 17 rue Neuve des Mathurins
BIRTH NAME Colon, Marguerite
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 22, en bas de l'escalier Samson, près de l'avenue du Tunnel)

Jenny Colon was the daughter of the comedians Jean Colon and Marie-Anne Dejean-Leroy. She debuted at the Opéra-Comique in 1822 in "Les Deux Savoyards". In England she appeared with the actor Pierre-Chérie Lafont and she married him in 1829. Back in Paris they soon lived apart and the marriage was annulled.

She returned to the Opéra-Comique in 1836. In that year the poet Gérard de Nerval fell in love with her and the banker William Hope was interested in her as well. But she married the flutist Louis-Gabriel Leplus (1807-1874) on 11 Apr 1838 in Paris.

Her death in 1842 at the age of 33 was a great shock to De Nerval. She was buried at the Montmartre Cemetery.

• Husband: Leplus, Gabriel (1838-1842, Paris)

Related persons
• has a connection with Nerval, Gérard de


The grave of Jenny Colon at the Cimetière Montmartre, Paris.
Picture by Androom (20 Feb 2016)


• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des tombes d'hommes célèbres, Le Cherche Midi, Paris, 2003
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Colonne, Édouard

Published: 27 Feb 2016
Last update: 19 Apr 2022