The muse of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the legend of Jazz lived a brief love story at the beginning of the 1950s. In 2007, Juliette Gréco opened up to Isabelle Morizet's microphone, in "Il n 'It's not just one life in the life' on Europe 1, telling how racism had brought their romance to a brutal end.
"Juliette Gréco has made a masterpiece of her life", greeted Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot on Wednesday evening.
The singer died at the age of 93, after blowing in the 1950s a wind of freedom and modernity on French song.
Freedom that she has also always claimed in her love life, especially when a passionate and tormented love affair threw her into the arms of the famous trumpeter Miles Davis.
- Juliette Gréco, her life in five songs
In 1949, the American at 23, the French 22.
He comes to Paris to perform at the International Jazz Festival, Salle Pleyel.
"Boris Vian's wife suggests that I go to a jazz concert. I say to her: 'of course, but I don't have a penny'. She replied: 'I know, I'm taking you and we will stay behind the scenes' ", told Juliette Gréco in 2007, at the microphone of Europe 1.
"I love her too much to make her unhappy"
"I saw Miles in profile. And I heard what is called beauty, genius, life!"
A fleeting love, but impossible, immediately emerges between the two artists, especially because of racism.
Juliette Gréco experienced it some time later, in the restaurant of a New York palace, the Waldorf-Astoria.
"The maitre d 'arrived. He threw the dishes at us as one would throw them at mad dogs, and he left", said Juliette Gréco, still on our antenna.
"That night Miles called me, and told me he didn't want to see me anymore so as not to harm me."
The entire interview with Juliette Gréco, at the microphone of Isabelle Morizet
When Jean-Paul Sartre asks the jazzman why he did not want to marry Juliette Gréco, the latter would have replied: "Because I love her too much to make her unhappy."
Ultimately, these two soul mates will never stop meeting again.
"I think of him very often. This love was something so pure, so beautiful and so strange", she confided again in 2015.