Zizi Jeanmaire Funeral, Service, Notices, Coffin, Obituary: Renée Marcelle Jeanmaire, was a French ballet dancer best known as Zizi Jeanmaire, she was the wife of Roland Petit renowned dancer and choreographer.
She became famous after playing the title role in the ballet Carmen in the 1950s, produced in London in 1949, and went on to appear in several Hollywood films
She and Petit had one daughter, Valentine Petit, a dancer and actress.
Reading Judith Cruickshank's obituary of Zizi Jeanmaire in today's @guardian brought back to mind my first wonderful experience of seeing, as a teenager, a ballet for the first time. How lucky I was that it was Carmen with Roland Petit and (then, still) Renée Jeanmaire in 1952. pic.twitter.com/DqRzo4U4t2