David Bret is a French-born author of celebrity books and one of Britain’s show business biographers. He chiefly writes on the private life of movie stars and singers in a somewhat sensationalizing style.
The life of legendary music-hall artist Mistinguett (1875-1956), whose closest rival was Josephine Baker (who was 30 years younger) and whose style gave birth to Edith Piaf, Fanny Brice, Libby Holman, and any number of chanteuses who specialized in torchy heartbreak—though she usually sauced up other songs with witty vulgarity and fun.
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