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Jacques Brel Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium
Died in Bobigny, Seine-Saint-Denis, France  (lung cancer)
Birth NameJacques Romain Georges Brel
Height 5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of the most popular singers of French songs. After a childhood full of boredom and normality, Brel started to work in his father's cardboard factory. But he wanted a different kind of life. He had been writing songs all his life and in the early 1950s he went to Paris. After a few years he became hugely successful. His songs include 'Amsterdam', 'La Valse a Mille Temps', 'Vesoul' and 'Au Suivant'. He was covered by, among many others, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and David Bowie.

His songs have been translated in many different languages. In 1966, when he was more successful than ever, he quit performing on stage. Instead, he became an actor in musicals and films. He also directed two films. In the 1970s, he became a sailor and tried to sail around the world. He ended up at the Marquesas Islands in 1976. In 1973 Brel discovered that he had lung cancer. The illness took his life in 1978.

He was married to Thérèse 'Miche' Michielsen and had three daughters: Chantal, France and Isabelle. His last mistress was called Maddly Bamy, sister of Erick Bamy aka Erick Stevens.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: RimshotTheWise

Spouse (1)

Thérèse Michielsen (1 June 1950 - 9 October 1978) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (9)

His body is buried next to Gauguin's grave at Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia), where he spent his last years.
Claimed to have never written songs about love.
He sang in two languages: French and Dutch. He used to translate most of his French songs into Dutch.
A metro station on the line 1B in Brussels is named after him.
Uncle of Bruno Brel.
Ranked #1 as "Le plus grand Belge" (the Greatest Belgian) by the audience of that Walloon TV show, but ranked #7 only in the show's Flemish version "De Grootse Belg".
Embarked a yacht to sail around the world, but, being a heavy smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer after reaching the Canary Islands (1973).
Joined the Catholic-humanist youth organization "Franche Cordée", where he started acting and singing.
Father of France Brel and Isabelle Brel.

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