BORN 16 Apr 1784, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne - DIED 28 Apr 1858, Paris|
REAL NAME Bigottini, Émilie Jeanne Marie Antoinette
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 15, ligne 01 (concession 29149))
Émilie Bigottini was the daughter of Francesco Bigottini (1717-1786), who was the harlequin at the Comédie-Italienne de Paris. Her mother was Dominique Lacoste (1740-1827). She was engaged at the Opéra de Paris when she was seventeen years old. In 1804 she became solo dancer and in 1812 prima ballerina. She worked for the Opéra until her retirement in 1823.
She was well known for her performances in the ballets of Louis Milon, who had been her teacher and had married her elder sister Marie-Catherine. Napoleon I admired her. Her many affairs with men never ruined her reputation, although she had several illegitimate children. One of them was a daughter with Michel Duroc (1772-1813) and in 1815 she had a son with an Austrian count as the result of an affair during the Congress of Vienna that she had visited with Talleyrand.
performed with Mars, Anne Françoise Hippolyte Boutet Monvel
was admired by Napoleon I Bonaparte