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Miles Davis, Michel Piccoli, Gérard Jouannest ... The great loves of Juliette Gréco


In love, seductress, the great fortune teller of French song will have been both muse and Pygmalion of the men of her life. A romantic destiny for the one who sang I am made to please ...


I was made to please / And I can't change anything ...

" Prévert's words in the song

Je suis comme je suis,

say everything about Juliette Gréco's love life.

Seductress, muse, Pygmalion too, she will marry three men.

The first two are the actors Philippe Lemaire and Michel Piccoli.

The third is Gérard Jouannest, the pianist of Jacques Brel.

And she will also have lived a forbidden affair with one of the greatest jazz musicians, Miles Davis.

He was also known to have other connections, such as the one with producer Darryl F. Zanuck, a monument of the seventh art.

As if his sentimental destiny resembled his songs ...

Read also: That night when Serge Gainsbourg wrote

La Javanaise

for Juliette Gréco

Gérard Jouannest and Juliette Gréco in 2007 AFP

Gérard Jouannest, the old lovers


But isn't that the worst trap / What to live in peace for lovers / Of course you cry a little less early / I tear myself apart a little later ...

" It was Gérard Jouannest who composed with Jacques Brel the music of

The song of the old lovers


In 1988, Juliette Gréco decided to unite with one of the Belgian poet's most faithful companions.

These two big names in French song were made for each other.

After the death of the great Jacques, Gérard Jouannest will play from recital to recital with the woman for whom he will simply write these words which say everything about their complicity:

"Thank you for the days of anger, for the whole of life / Thank you for the winter evenings heat, light / Thank you for the kilometers, the road reborn ... »

Gérard Jouannest died in May 2018. Since then, Juliette Gréco has evoked his memory with a smile and the desire to go find him ...

Juliette Gréco and Michel Piccoli in 1967 AFP

Michel Piccoli, his impossible love

Michel Piccoli, who immortalized

Dom Juan

, may have wanted to change his Juliet into a too docile Elvira.

These two huge stars lived together from 1966 to 1977 a tumultuous, almost impossible affair.

These two beings will never unravel the mystery of their soul.

Together, they frequented a lot of "intellectuals" (the expression is from Piccoli).

Many years after their separation, the singer will admit:

"There is in Michel an enigma that I never managed to unravel."

Juliette Gréco and Philippe Lemaire in 1953 Leemage

Philippe Lemaire, the father of his daughter

Juliette Gréco said yes to Philippe Lemaire on June 25, 1953. Her first husband is handsome.

He will long be an indispensable figure in the swashbuckling films of post-war French cinema.

Their union will last long.

Together, they will have a daughter Laurence-Marie Lemaire, famous film script who died in 2016 of cancer (at 62).

An only child to whom her mother will dedicate two songs that bear witness to the imperishable love she had for him.

Miles Davis in 1949 Leemage

Miles Davis, the burn of love

The meeting of existentialism and Jazz.

In 1949, Juliette Gréco had a passion with the brilliant trumpeter Miles Davis.

The meeting will take place at Tabou, a cellar in Saint-Germain-des-Prés where Jean-Paul Sartre, Boris Vian and also Françoise Sagan meet.

The two lovebirds will love each other for a month.

Then one day, Miles Davis will return to America.

Their forbidden loves had to end.

In a whisper, he will only say this last word to Juliette: "

I don't want you to suffer ...


Source: lefigaro

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