Jenny Alpha

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Jenny Alpha
Born (1910-04-22)22 April 1910
Fort-de-France, Martinique
Died 8 September 2010(2010-09-08) (aged 100)
Paris, France
Other names Jenny Alpha-Villard
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1963–2008
Spouse(s) Noël Villard

Jenny Alpha (22 April 1910 – 8 September 2010) was a Martinique-born French actress and singer, who appeared in more than a hundred theatre productions and movies.

Born in Fort-de-France, Martinique in 1910, Alpha moved to Paris in 1929 to pursue a career in teaching but became sidetracked due to her passion for theatre.[1] As well as appearing in theatre, she displayed a variety of talent and became a successful singer, appearing alongside the likes of Duke Ellington and Josephine Baker.

During the war she played an active role in the French Resistance before meeting her husband Noël Villard, a prominent French poet. Late in life, in 2005, she appeared in the film Monsieur Étienne,[2] and in 2008 recorded a final album, La sérénade du muguet.[1]

On 1 January 2009 she was granted the title of Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur by the French government, and in 2010 Alpha celebrated her 100th birthday.[3] She died on 8 September 2010 in Paris, France.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Décès de la chanteuse Jenny Alpha". Le Figaro. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  2. ^ IMDb profile
  3. ^ Notice of death (French)