Mistinguett, whose real name was Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois, was born in Enghien-les-Bains in the Paris region.
She sang at the Casino de Paris in 1893 and then performed for the very first time at the Moulin Rouge in the “Revue de la Femme” in 1907 thanks to her meeting with Jacques-Charles, who was the “father of the modern revue”. Mistinguette dropped her final “e” and become Mistinguett “the woman with the divine legs”.
In 1908, Max Dearly chose her to interpret the famous Apache Dance waltz.
The artistic tandem she formed with Jacques-Charles turned the entertainment world upside down, and together they wrote the legend of Music Hall on the Moulin Rouge stage.
For nearly 30 years, they performed a series of grand spectacle revues with feathers, rhinestones, sequins, girls and boys; she was admired in “La revue Mistinguett”, “Ça, c’est Paris” and “Paris qui tourne”, in which Jean Gabin made his debut on stage alongside her.
A concept which still rules at the Moulin Rouge!