Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois, born in Enghien-les-Bains, on the outskirts of Paris, was the daughter of a labourer and a seamstress. She was searching for a vocation and a stage name (she tried out Miss Helyett and Miss Tinguett) when one day she met Jacques-Charles, who was, so to speak, the ‘father of the modern revue,’ and everything changed.
This artistic duo would profoundly change the world of show business, and together, on the stage of the Moulin Rouge, they would begin the legend of Music Hall. Starting in 1907, Mistinguett dropped the final ‘e’ and became Mistinguett ‘the woman with the divine legs.’ They performed the Apache Dance together with Max Dearly in 1909 and then created spectacular revues one after another for almost 30 years, with feathers, tinsel, glitter and chorus girls and boys. A concept which still rules at the Moulin Rouge!