French singer Régine, known “as the queen of the night” and performer of songs like Les P’tits Papiers (1965), died today in the Paris region at the age of 92, French media reported.
“We lost our precious mother to mental illness. We are devastated. We are grieving deeply and we know that as much as we loved her, so did her audience. We are in uncharted territory,” Judd added.
The interpreter did not give more details about the circumstances of the death of her mother, who was scheduled to participate in September and October in a tour of The Judds in several states of the United States.
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 in France.
In the 1950s she began to work in nightclubs. In 1956 she opens her first, Chez Régine , in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris. Frequently by personalities such as Georges Pompidou, Brigitte Bardot, or Rudolf Nuréyev, it was the first stone of her great empire of the night.
Between the 60s and 80s, she 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, and Montreal.
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).
A symbol of post-war Parisian bohemia, Régine was 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.