Talk:Mireille Mathieu

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Style, grammar, everything![edit]

This article has clearly been written by a French-speaking person who doesn't speak English perfectly, and carries trademark mistakes, but also many POV statements, and it's definitely not an encyclopedic article. It should be completely rewritten by someone know knows the facts described. Dollvalley (talk) 00:09, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

"It should be completely rewritten by someone know knows the facts described." Who would that be? When? (talk) 13:34, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Constructive criticism helps, but this has to be the dumbest comment I've ever seen on the wiki. Jump-in and fix what you don't like Dollvalley. K5okc (talk) 02:35, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
I fixed the few obvious grammar errors I found, which mostly had to do with using present instead of past tense and not ordering phrases as a native English speaker would. I don't think Dollvalley's comment was stupid, because if one does not have time or interest oneself, it's often a good idea to at least note what needs to be done so that others can pick up on it. (That's how collaboration is supposed to work, isn't it?) His comment though is a bit harsh and KSokc's even harsher. I hope the native French speaker(s) who worked on this project aren't discouraged from contributing further writing and references. I came to this page due to watching Mathieu's stirring rendition of La Marseillaise on YouTube, and the article satisfied my curiosity. I would imagine the reference material on her would be more accessible to a native French speaker. Fixing minor grammar mistakes is editing as opposed to research and writing and something those of us who are native English speakers should gladly do for those who can easily gather references that are in French. Again, that's how collaboration is supposed to work, isn't it? Vive la France! A.T.S. in Texas (talk) 05:04, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

her German speaking audience, from Denmark to Austria." - I wonder why the mentioning of Denmark.Yes there are german-speaking minorities in all of Europe,but then why not rather " .. from Russia to israel"( or Roumania to France) or something like that.The way it´s put,one could get the impression that german is the native tounge of danes.App 0,5% of the Danish population have german as their native language. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:06, 8 August 2010 (UTC)

Fair enough, I deleted the reference. Regards, Stefan (talk) 16:01, 8 August 2010 (UTC)

Tone, Puffery[edit]

These two banners were added to the page, without comment. As such, I will no longer add or subtract from the article, as it will take others to know how to solve the banners concerns. Obviously the banners mean the article is without merit, but what should replace it will have to be someone with a different style, and better English skills. Regards, Stefan - Bonne chance mes amis! (talk) 18:47, 21 August 2010 (UTC)

No entry on talk page, so I removed the entries. People just drop these things like turds. Without a talk page entry they are just vandalism. K5okc (talk) 04:42, 22 August 2010 (UTC)

Sort of reads like a footnote now. Almost down to a paragraph. Doesn't really tell you much about why she would even rate a wiki page. Stefan (talk) 18:56, 22 September 2010 (UTC)

Stefan, please read my comments in the above section, I hope you find them to be encouraging of your efforts and that you will add to the article. I'm confused though about why your edits aren't appearing under your user name and encourage you also to sign your posts in the discussions by typing the four tilde characters at the end of your posts. It's more helpful for following what's going on if changes are made under a user account. IP addresses just aren't that informative. A.T.S. in Texas (talk) 05:30, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

Abilene Disc[edit]

This is a publishing label for the DVD released in 2005. As far as I can tell, it was never used for anything else. It is listed on the Web site, but is more or less used as a company name. It is registered to Monique Mathieu in France as "Edition d'enregistrements sonores" or Publishing of Sound Recordings. To equate this to a "recording label" like Barclay, etc, is an error. There is no record pressing, marketing, production, or distribution at Abilene Disc. Generally, the recording label is also the publishing label, but in the case of the DVD recording of Mireille at the Olympia, Monique was able to create a vehicle for distributing royalties. It is complex, but if you read all the lawyer mumbo-jumbo at the end of the DVD as it scrolls by it will make more sense. K5okc (talk) 07:18, 8 November 2011 (UTC)

Web Site[edit]

An user complained that the Web site never said there was going to be a concert in Japan. Unless you save the contents of the web site every day, there is no way this can be proven false or true. For the record, her Web site had Japan as a prominent concert venue for a long time. Then it disappeared, along with the Israel concert. The web site is poorly run, and the Bio and photo's are still the same snapshot from 2005 when she was 59. Neither Monique, nor Mireille are tech savvy. Limiting their 2005 DVD to PAL mode only lost 50% of sales. K5okc (talk) 07:18, 8 November 2011 (UTC)


did she marry ? has she kids ?--— ⦿⨦⨀Tumadoireacht Talk/Stalk 22:16, 9 June 2012 (UTC)

Still single, no kids. As a teen though, she had to help raise her little brothers and sisters, so that was probably enough kids for her (smile). (talk) 22:28, 9 June 2012 (UTC)

Invalid Link[edit]

Reference 21 is a bad link, giving an Erreur 404. I'd fix it myself, but am not a regular editor. Thanks! - John — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:05, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

I don't know how to fix that either. Do you just delete it and the supporting text, or do you search for another reference? I'm not really interested in searching, and I doubt anyone else is, so maybe just delete everything is the answer. K5okc (talk) 04:12, 4 October 2012 (UTC)
I believe you can just type { { broken } } or { { dead } } (without spaces) after the link in question. Maybe someone will find a still-active link. (talk) 17:46, 29 January 2013 (UTC)


If a person only sings, you can call them a singer. If a person acts in skits, dresses in costume, dances, and also sings, you can call them an entertainer. Mireille Mathieu spent 10 years on television, doing skits, wearing costumes, dancing and singing. To kibitz over this word entertainer is silly. K5okc (talk) 04:35, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

All popular singers sing to entertain. Dancing, participating in TV shows, etc. is a standard complement to singing per se. That is why "popular singer and entertainer" is a stupid tautology. (talk) 09:58, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
It's a moronic argument. If you act in a skit for entertainment, you are not a singer, and thus there is no tautology. K5okc (talk) 13:13, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
The TV plays she has participated in are mini-operettas. Operetta singers are not called "entertainers". (talk) 14:03, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
Many were purely comedy skits, with no singing at all. Youtube is your friend: MM Comedy. K5okc (talk) 15:07, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
Her being a singer is in no way on a par with her being a comic actress. That is why it is inappropriate to say, in the lead-in to the article, that she is a "singer and comic actress". Her actorship deserves being mentioned in the body of the article, but not in the lead-in. (talk) 16:15, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
But it would be appropriate to call her an entertainer. K5okc (talk) 16:43, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
No. The word "entertainer" is too vague and can mean "a person who organizes an entertainment". (talk) 17:05, 6 March 2013 (UTC)


This section is really not needed in any encyclopedia. Should we list her Goldfish or Rabbits names as well? The birth dates are highly suspect, and the book referenced should list a page number. I know Monique's birthday is listed as 8 Jul on her various company registrations (google shows it), so if one date is wrong, I suspect they are all bogus. I propose the section be deleted. K5okc (talk) 18:57, 25 June 2013 (UTC)

Removed K5okc (talk) 01:29, 26 June 2013 (UTC)

It's quite standard for siblings to be mentioned, as with Encyclopedia Britannica and other reference works. The names and dates were referenced. As to the birth date, it depends on the sourcing for the book referenced. Different sources often come come up with varying birth dates for celebrities. It's worth exploring. Public records are not allowed to be used or referenced in WP articles - documents such as company records, trial transcripts, birth or marriage certs etc. It can be hard to ultimately establish an actual birth date if the subject does not publicly state it. Are you suggesting that the birth date currently given should be removed? Why do you suspect that the birth date is wrong. Best wishes Span (talk) 16:58, 26 June 2013 (UTC)

The reference used was from the first paragraph, but my library no longer has that book, so I can't verify that it even included birth dates of siblings. The names were also off a bit. On her web page she lists her siblings as: "Monique, Christiane, Marie-France, Réjane, Régis et Guy (les jumeaux), Roger, Jean-Pierre, Rémy, Simone, Philippe, Béatrice et enfin Vincent", but doesn't include dates. I think "Simone" goes by "Sophie" and is "Sophie-Simone". Personally, I've never seen any dates published, so it would be valuable to have a published reference. Still, the siblings aren't notable, except for Monique, who is the agent/manager for her sister and the band. K5okc (talk) 19:00, 26 June 2013 (UTC)

Ruby Disc[edit]

You can search the internet, but I haven't found much original data, like who it was from, or what it was specifically for. I do remember there being a picture of the award, but is no longer found with simple searches. I always assumed that since it was presented at the Olympia, after her 40th career anniversary concert in 2005, that it was just to reward her with an honor of those 40 years in the industry. Traditionally the ruby is used for 40th anniversaries (weddings, etc). It was not meant to certify record sales. K5okc (talk) 17:11, 28 December 2014 (UTC)