The French singer Régine, known as “the queen of the night” and interpreter of songs such as Les P’tits Papiers (1965), died yesterday in the Paris region at the age of 92, French media reported.
Born on December 26, 1929 in Anderlecht (Belgium) in a family of Polish Jewish origin (her parents lived in Argentina for a few years), she emigrated to Paris when she was two years old. With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, she had to hide with her family in different cities of France.
In the 1950s he began to work in nightclubs. In 1956 he opens his first, Chez Régine, in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris. Frequented by personalities such as Georges Pompidou, Brigitte Bardot or Rudolf Nuréyev, it was the first stone of his great empire of the night.
Between the 1960s and 1980s, he opened up to 18 clubs around the world, frequented by the Jet Set, in cities such as New York, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, Marbella, Istanbul or Montreal.
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As a singer, she became famous for her performances of Les P’tits Papiers (1965, written and composed by Serge Gainsbourg), La Grande Zoa (1966, by Frédéric Botton), Azzurro (1969, by Adriano Celentano) and Les Femmes, ça fait pédé (1978, in another collaboration with Gainsbourg).
He also worked in cinema, appearing in the credits of a dozen films, such as Jeu de massacres by Alain Jessua, Robert et Robert by Claude Lelouch and Les ripoux by Claude Zidi, among others.
A symbol of post-war Parisian bohemia, Régine married twice and had a son, who died in 2006 at the age of 58. She was decorated in 2008 as an officer of the Legion of Honor, the highest French decoration.