French revue artist, singer, and actress, best remembered for her spectacular dance numbers, often partnered by Maurice Chevalier.
A Parisian of Belgian and French extraction, Mistinguett made her stage debut in music hall in her late teens and subsequently performed at the Eldorado for some eight years. She appeared in light comedy and musical plays and for a time was part-owner of the Moulin Rouge, where she also gave many memorable performances. Mistinguett and Chevalier first became partners at the Folies-Bergère in 1910 and they appeared together many times during the next ten years. Fabulous costumes and large elaborate hats became her hallmark and her beautiful legs were said to carry the highest insurance in the business. She also appeared at the Casino de Paris on numerous occasions, singing such songs as ‘Mon Homme’. Returning briefly to drama, she starred in Sardou's Madame Sans-Gêne (1921). Most of Mistinguett's career was spent in Paris. She appeared in the USA in 1911 and 1951 but her only appearance in London came late in her career (1947). She wrote two volumes of autobiography: Mistinguett and her Confessions (1938) and Mistinguett (1954).