Mistinguett (pronounced "Miss-Tan-get" in French), whose real name was Jeanne Bourgeois, born April 5, 1875, Enghien-les-Bains, France, made her debut at the Casino de Paris in 1895, and appeared in shows at the Folies Bergere, Moulin Rouge, and Eldorado.
Her stage name, an English sounding contraction of "Miss Tinguett", originated in a song from the musical "Miss Helyett", because of her allegedly "English-looking", prominent front teeth. She was also known for her beautiful long legs, which were insured for 500,000 francs in 1919, a
huge sum at the time.
Mistinguett became the most popular French entertainer of her time and the highest paid female
entertainer of the day.Her signature song "Mon Homme" was recorded as early as 1920.
Mistinguett, acclaimed for her vivacious personality has been quoted as saying
"A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know."
By 1924,when the "Mistinguett" doll appears in the Lenci 'Ultime Novita' catalog , she was already a major star often appearing with Maurice Chevalier in revues at the Casino de Paris and at the Moulin Rouge.