Émilie Bigottini, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Émilie Bigottini

ballet dancer, Opéra de Paris (1801-1823)

Date of Birth: 16-Apr-1784

Place of Birth: Toulouse, Occitania, France

Date of Death: 28-Apr-1858

Profession: ballet dancer

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Émilie Bigottini

  • Émilie Bigottini (16 April 1784, Toulouse - 28 April 1858, Paris) was a French dancer of Italian ancestry. The daughter of Francesco Bigottini, a famous harlequin at Paris's Comédie-Italienne, she joined the Opéra ballet at age 17 and led its company until her retirement in 1823, distinguishing herself in the ballets of Louis Milon.
  • Napoleon I of France was one of her fervent admirers.
  • Despite her numerous liaisons, she escaped the reputation for immorality which afflicted most of her contemporaries in the dance world.
  • She was considered as an example of good artistic taste, svelte, precise and excelling in mime. She had several children, all out of wedlock: a daughter with Gérard Christophe Michel Duroc, duke of Frioul; a daughter, Armandine Alphonsine Pignatelli d'Aragon Bigottini, born in Paris on April 10, 1807.
  • The child's father, the prince Pignatelli, eventually recognized her.
  • Armandine married Alphonse Daloz in 1827, and had two children; she died in Créteil on August 11, 1833. a son, François Jean Charles, born in Paris on August 27, 1815.
  • The child was conceived during the Congress of Vienna and his father presumed to be an Austrian count.
  • (Bigottini had accompanied Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord to Vienna in 1814.)

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