Jeane Manson

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Jeane (Jean) Manson
Playboy centerfold appearance
August 1974
Preceded by Carol Vitale
Succeeded by Kristine Hanson
Personal details
Born (1950-10-01) October 1, 1950 (age 67)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Measurements Bust: 36
Waist: 24"
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 122 lb (55 kg; 8.7 st)

Official website

Jeane Manson, born Jean Ann Manson, (born October 1, 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American model, singer, and actress. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the August 1974 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Dwight Hooker.

Before she was a Playmate she acted in a few films including The Young Nurses (1973), Dirty O'Neil (1974), Nightmare Circus (1974) and From Hong Kong with Love (1975), and moved to France soon after she appeared in Playboy. Performing under the name Jeane Manson, she became a recording artist in Europe. Her albums covered several genres, from pop to gospel and country. Jean also hosted several television specials in France and had a regular role on the long-running prime time soap Riviera. She represented Luxembourg in the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest in Jerusalem, achieving 13th place for her song J'ai déjà vu ça dans tes yeux. Manson twice hosted the BBC's light entertainment show Seaside Special, her first appearance in 1978[1] and the second after her Eurovision appearance in 1979.[2]

She became popular in France in 1976. She has met the lyricist and composer Jean Renard who wrote and composed for her the song "Avant de nous dire adieu" (Before to say to us goodbye) which became a big hit in France during the spring and the summer 1976. She recorded other successful songs as " Une femme "(" A woman"), "La chapelle de Harlem" ("The Harlem's church"), "Fais-moi danser" ("Make me dancing"), "Vis ta vie" ("Live your life") until the beginning of the 80's. She was often invited in the TV shows produced by Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier "N°1" (Number one), where she often sang with the american french speaking singer Joe Dassin.

But after, during the 80's, she sold less records in France. In fact, after a last minor hit "Besoin d'un homme" ("I need a man") in 1983, after 1984, she never classed one of her singles at the TOP 50 hit parade ( Top fifty hit parade) which was, diffused between November 1984 and September 1993 on Canal + TV Channel), the first hit parade in France where the sells of singles were comptabilised. She participated in 1985 of the recording of the caritative song "La chanson de la vie" (The life's song)", written by Claude Lemesle and composed by Alice Dona, and sang by 24 singers, including Alice Dona herself. The sells of the maxi singles were reversed at the association CARE France / Femmes du Monde (Care France / Women of the world) created by Marie-Claire Noah (The mother of the tennisman singer Yannick Noah).

In 1990, Jeane Manson recorded, in a side b of the single included in side a her cover of the Mary Hopkin's song " Those were the days", the song "Tu m'oublieras" (You will forget me) , adapted by Yves Dessca from the Irma Jackson's song "You will forget", which was created in France by the singer Regine, under the title "Tu oublieras" (You will forget).

But, neither by Regine nor by Jeane Manson, this song became a hit in France. But in 1998, the young singer Larusso covered the song, with a more modern arrangement, and it finally became a big hit, eighteen years after the first version !

In 2010, Jeane Manson participated at the real tv show "La Ferme Célébrités en Afrique" ("The Celebrities's farm in Africa").

In 2012, she also participated with other artists at the nostalgic serie of concerts "Âge tendre et têtes de bois" ("Tender age and wooden heads").

Personal life[edit]

Manson has been married four times: to Dave Ghormley in 1968, to French-Israeli film producer André Djaoui in the 1970s, to American actor Robert Viharo in 1981, and to French actor Richard Berry in 1984. She has two children: Jennifer Djaoui, born 1978, and Marianne, born 1988, the daughter of journalist Allain Bougrain-Dubourg.[3]



  • Avant de nous dire adieu (1976)
  • Une femme (1976)
  • La chapelle de Harlem (1977)
  • Ce n'est qu'un au revoir (1977)
  • Un enfant est né (1977)
  • No volveré (1977)
  • Fais-moi danser (1978)
  • J'ai déjà vu ça dans tes yeux (1979)
  • Fly to New York city (1979)
  • Vis ta vie (1979)
  • Tu es venu (1980)
  • L'étoile damour (1980)
  • Amitié et amour (with Kenny Loggins) (1981)
  • Comme un bateau ivre (1981)
  • Et j'en ouble de pleurer (1981)
  • Aimer c'est mourir un peu (1982)
  • Need you (1982)
  • Love moi dans tes bras (1983)
  • Besoin d'un homme (1983)
  • Lucie et Daniel (1985)
  • Je suis perdue (1985)
  • Ne dis rien (1986)
  • Hymne à la vie (1987)
  • Te buscaré (1988)
  • L'amour prison (1989)
  • Those were the days (1990)
  • Guantanamera (1992)
  • The world should be ours (1993)
  • C'et toi que j'aime (1996)
  • Rester ou partir (1996)
  • Yobel n'ayons pas peur (1997)
  • Partir avec toi (1998)

Albums (not compilations)[edit]

  • Jeane Manson (1977)
  • Lovingly (1977)
  • Fly to New York city (1979)
  • Stand by me (1980)
  • Jeane Manson canta en Español (1980)
  • Jeane Manson (1981)
  • La belle histoire de Shirley Violette (1981)
  • Aux USA (1982)
  • Mes photos couleur (1983)
  • Ange ou démon (1985)
  • Song d'une nuit (1988)
  • Jeane Manson y el Mariachi Mezcal (1992)
  • Je n'aime que toi (1992)
  • Dédicace - Concert à la salle Gaveau (1995)
  • Country girl (1996)
  • Un nouveau monde (1998)
  • Jeane Manson chante les plus grands airs classiques (1999)
  • Gospel (2001)
  • Amour caché (2004)


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  3. ^ Une Americaine à Paris (autobiography), Jeane Manson, Editions du Rocher, 2011.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
with "Parlez-vous français?"
Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Sophie & Magaly
with "Papa Pingouin"