Émilie Bigottini


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(b Toulouse, 16 Apr. 1784; d Paris, 28 Apr. 1858)

French dancer. She studied at the Paris Opera Ballet School and joined the Paris Opera in 1801. She stayed there until 1823, creating numerous roles, including Nina in Milon's 1813 ballet Nina, ou la folle par amour. As a dramatic ballerina she won great praise; the Viennese described her as ‘the ear of the deaf’. She was also acclaimed for her skills as a mime. Napoleon was one of her admirers, and among her many lovers was Napoleon's stepson, Eugène de Beauharnais.

Subjects: Dance.

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