“Regine left us quietly on May 1st at 11:00 AM,” her granddaughter Daphne Rottcage announced.
Comedian Pierre Palmade, a close friend of Regen, wrote in a statement issued at the family’s request: “The Queen of the Night departs: a long and wonderful career ends.”
He added, “It was a great honor to be able to say goodbye to her,” before noting that “for more than 30 years, she has made stars from all over the world dance in her nightclubs.”
The French artist Raynaud, who wrote several songs for Regeni, considered her the last historical representative of French song, known above all as “La grande Zoa”, “Azzurro”, “Les p’tits papiers” or “Patchouli Chinchilla”.
She has owned 22 clubs named after her around the world, starting with the legendary “Chez Régine” in Paris.
He also had nightclubs in New York, Miami, Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles.
The name “became a symbol of the wild nights until dawn, with them dancing on the dance floor until closing time,” Pierre Palmade recalls in his text.
Regina Zellberger was born on December 26, 1929 in Anderlecht (Belgium) to Polish Jewish parents.
In 1941, in Aix-en-Provence, southern France, he escaped deportation thanks to non-Jewish French.
He also worked in the cinema in films such as “Jeu de Massacres” by Alain Jessoa, “Robert and Robert” by Claude Lelouch, and “Les ripoux” by Claude Zaidi.
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