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Zizi Jeanmaire: Not Giselle but Carmen

Zizi Jeanmaire: Not Giselle but Carmen

ARCHIVE Daily Telegraph, 21 Sep 1998: Zizi Jeanmaire wowed Sixties London. She tells Ismene Brown she has no need for nostalgia

The original Carmen: Zizi Jeanmaire and Roland Petit in the first production in London

SHE was the most chic Sixties doll that ever walked the streets, and all Britain enumerated her qualities when Peter Sarstedt's haunting pop-song hit the charts in 1969. "You talk like Marlene Dietrich, And you dance like Zizi Jeanmaire. Your clothes are all made by Balmain, And there's diamonds and pearls in your hair. But where do you go to, my lovely?..."

SHE was the most chic Sixties doll that ever walked the streets, and all Britain enumerated her qualities when Peter Sarstedt's haunting pop-song hit the charts in 1969. "You talk like Marlene Dietrich, And you dance like Zizi Jeanmaire. Your clothes are all made by Balmain, And there's diamonds and pearls in your hair. But where do you go to, my lovely?..."

It is a phenomenal love story, almost ruined by Margot Fonteyn

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