Always dressed in blue from head to foot, glasses including, Michou (name of art, Michel Catty ), he created the cabaret "- change", proposing since the first post-war shows with men dressed as women, many years before the wave of drag queen. Since 1956, the small restaurant is always full state, the Michettes in the scene - truccatissime - entertained those present at the tables with parodies sometimes ferocious character of the moment. Always "without teasing or being vulgar", he added, Michou, who is always referred to as "the homosexual most well-known of France".
Arrived in Paris from the north of the Country at only 17 years of age immediately after the war, he began to manage the future, Chez Michou, which was then a simple bar, to the number 80 of the rue des Martyrs. In 1956, mardi gras, issued the challenge to two other friends, dress up as a famous woman. And he chose Brigitte Bardot. Resounding success and by the evening after everyone in the scene, disguised with wigs and false eyelashes, waiters and barman included.
Chez Michou, over the years, he competed to gain with the other places the symbol of the parisian cabaret the Moulin-Rouge, Lido, Crazy Horse. In 2005, Michou received the honor of the Legion of Honour, but never lost sight of its origins simple: each month, invited in the cabaret and the elders of the Montmartre district who could not afford his show. For its 80 years, watered by rivers of champagne (I drank alone, he said, two bottles and a half per day), Michou was celebrated by figures such as Jean-Paul Gaultier and Nana Mouskouri . There, also announced the release of his memoirs ("The blue prince" of Montmartre), and his last wishes: to be buried in a coffin blue and the end of the activities of its cabaret from the day of his death": "I Want to disappear with me," he said.
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