|Louise-Marie-Anna Damiens, known professionally as Mme Anna Judic, was born at Semur (Côte d'Or) on the 11 July 1850. The daughter of a cashier at the Théâtre du Gymnase, she was the great-niece of Lemoine-Montigny, director of the theatre. Rescued from an apprenticeship in a lingerie shop by her great-uncle, she entered the Conservatoire in the class of Régnier, who gave her lessons in singing and piano. Her debut was at the Théâtre du Gymnase on 2 June 1867. In 1868, she signed for a three-year engagement at the Eldorado, where her husband was general manager. She had a great many successes with a succession of different songs.
During the Franco-Prussian war of 1871, she left Paris, appearing at Brussels, Anvers and Lille in Belgium and then at Marseilles. In 1872, she returned to the capital, where she was signed on by the Folies-Bergère for a phenomenal 300,000 francs a month. Subsequently, she appeared in 2000 consecutive performances of La Timbale d'Argent at the Bouffes-Parisiens. 1876 saw her engagement at the celebrated Variétés. From 1885 to 1886 she made lucrative tours of Europe and America, then returned to the Variétés, which she left in 1893 to appear in café-concerts at the Alcazar. At this point in her life, she retired from the theatre, and retired to her native soil to devote herself to agriculture and stock-rearing, but he love of the theatre was too strong and she returned to play the role of the mother in various comedies. Illness cut short her career.
She was married first to the singer Israel, on 25 April 1867, but she had several lovers including Albert Millaud, a journalist at the Figaro, whom she married after the death of her husband.
She died on 11 July 1911 at Golfe-Juan (Alpes-Maritime).
The photographer is Chalot of 18, rue Vivienne, Paris.
condition: Very fine.
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