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Full Name  Leonie Cooreman
Years active  1948–present

Name  Annie Cordy
Role  Film actress
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Born  16 June 1928 (age 87) (1928-06-16) Laeken, Belgium
Occupation  Actress, Comedian, Singer, Dancer, Baroness
Spouse  Francois-Henri Bruno (m. 1958)
Albums  50 ans de succes, La route fleurie (Collection "Operette")
Movies  Memories, The Last Diamond, Rider on the Rain, The Singer from Mexico, The Cat

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Baroness Léonie Cooreman, known under the stage name Annie Cordy (born 16 June 1928), is a Belgian film actress and singer. She has appeared in 50 films since 1954. She has staged many memorable appearances at Bruno Coquatrix' famous Paris Olympia. Her version of "La Ballade de Davy Crockett" was number 1 in the charts for five weeks in France in August 1956.


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She was born in Laeken, Belgium, where in 2004, King Albert II of Belgium bestowed upon her the title of Baroness in recognition for her life's achievements.

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Her father's name was Cornelius January Cooreman and her mother, Maria de Leeuw. She has a brother, Louis, and a sister, Jeanne.

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At eight years, her mother enrolled her in a dance class. She learn piano and music theory, while pursuing her studies, and participates in charity galas. Between numbers danced, she sang the hits of the moment. Very soon, everything follows: radio hooks, contests ... Immediately noticed by the artistic director of Le Lido who manages to convince her to leave Brussels, her hometown, Annie Cordy arrives in Paris on 1 May 1950, hired as a lead dancer.


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She record her firsts song in 1952 ("Les Trois Bandits de Napoli","Quand c'est aux autos de passer","La bourrée d'Auvergne montagnarde"), and made her debut in the musical with "La Route fleurie", alongside Georges Guétary and Bourvil. This lasted until 1955.

Then she made her film debut in 1953 when she appeared as herself in Boum sur Paris, next to Jacques Pills, Armand Bernard. That same year, she had her first success in the song, with "Bonbons, caramels, esquimaux, chocolats" or "Léon".

In 1954 she starred in April Fools' Day as Charlotte Dupuy, alongside her friend Bourvil, Louis de Funès, Denise Grey and Maurice Biraud. The film was a big success with almost 3 million entries.
She also played Madame Langlois in Sacha Guitry's Royal Affairs in Versailles, with Michel Auclair, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean-Louis Barrault, Bourvil, Gino Cervi, Claudette Colbert, Nicole Courcel, Daniel Gélin, Jean Marais, Gisèle Pascal, Édith Piaf, Gérard Philipe, Micheline Presle, Tino Rossi, Orson Welles and Nicole Maurey. The film was a huge success and was the #1 in France in 1954. Today, it is still one of the most successful French films, it is the 89th highest French box office success.

In 1955 her song "Fleur de Papillon" become a hit. She also star in two motion picture. First, Hello Smile ! directed by Claude Sautet, with Henri Salvador, Louis de Funès, Darry Cowl and Jean Carmet. And then, an Italian comedy Beautiful but Dangerous in which she just appeared.

In 1956 she starred as Cri-Cri in Le Chanteur de Mexico, directed by Richard Pottier, with Luis Mariano, Bourvil and Fernando Rey. The film was again a big success, with almost 5,000,000 entries, and it was #5 at the 1956's box office and #247 of all time in France.
At the same time she had a musical hit with the French version of The Ballad of Davy Crockett, which stay number 1 for 5 weeks in France in August 1956.

In 1957 she play Titine in the 1957's version of Victor and Victoria, directed by Karl Anton. That same year, she made her second musical, "Tête de linotte" with Jean Richard whose lasted in 1960.

In 1958 she made other musical hits, such as "Hello le soleil brille" from the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai or "Docteur miracle". Se returned to Tabarin, where she played Mimi under the direction of Richard Pottier for the second time. This was the leading role, and she starred alongside Michel Piccoli, Sylvia Lopez, Mischa Auer, Germaine Damar, Jean Lefebvre and Isabelle Corey.

In 1959 she had several musical success, like her version of "Petite Fleur", "Salade de fruits" or "Cigarettes, Whisky et P'tites Pépées" from the movie with the same name. She starred in this movie, with Pierre Mondy, Nadine de Rothschild, Jean Carmet, Jean Richard and Franco Interlenghi.

In 1960 she play in Robert Vernay's "Tête folle". She's next to Jean Richard.


From 1961 to 1964 she starred in her third musical, alongside Luis Mariano, named "Visa pour l'amour". This musical features the hit "Visa pour l'amour".

In 1964 she sing the hit song "Six Roses".

From 1965 to 1967, she had the leading female part in "Ouah ! Ouah !", an other musical with Bourvil. This musical features the hit "Le p'tit coup de chance".
At the same time, she's back in cinema, she play Lily in Ces dames s'en mêlent, directed by Raoul André, with Eddie Constantine and Nino Ferrer. She also made a cameo in "L'or du duc" directed by Jacques Baratier, with Claude Rich, Danielle Darrieux, Elsa Martinelli, Pierre Brasseur, Jean Richard and Charles Trenet.

In 1967, she play Maryse in "Ces messieurs de la famille", directed by Raoul André, with Francis Blanche, Michel Serrault, Darry Cowl, Jean Poiret, Jean Yanne, Michel Galabru and Eddie Constantine.

In 1968 she starred in "Pic et Pioche", a musical with her friend Darry Cowl.

In 1969 she play Mme Marthe in "Le bourgeois gentil mec". It's the third time that she's directed by Raoul André, and the movie starred also Jean Lefebvre, Darry Cowl, Francis Blanche and Bella Darvi.

The 1970 year was very successful for Annie Cordy, she runs for the fourth time with Raoul André in the movie "Ces messieurs de la gâchette", a sequel of "Ces messieurs de la famille". She signed on for her role as Maryse, and the movie starred Francis Blanche, Jean Poiret, Michel Serrault, Darry Cowl, Micheline Dax and Patrice Laffont.
She also play for René Clément, the role of Juliette in Rider on the Rain, alongside Marlène Jobert, Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland and Gabriele Tinti. The movie knows a big success, it was the #3 movie at the box-office in 1970, in France.
That same year, she also turn for Claude Chabrol as Mme. Pinelli in The Breach. She starred alongside Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Michel Bouquet and Jean Carmet.
After all this success in cinema, she also had a musical hit this year : "Le Chouchou de mon Coeur"


In 1971 she play Nelly in Le Chat directed by Pierre Granier-Deferre. The film starred also Jean Gabin and Simone Signoret. The film was good received with more than one million entries. She also start, this same year a new musical, "Indien vaut mieux que deux tu l'auras", where she starred with Pierre Doris.

In 1972 she starred in the leading role of Hello, Dolly!'s French version. She also play in "Les galets d'Étretat" as Brigitte. The movie is directed by Sergio Gobbi and starred Virna Lisi. Then, she play Andrée in "Les portes de feu", alongside Emmanuelle Riva and Jacques Balutin.

In 1973, she play Nina in Tre per una grande rapina, with Michel Constantin and Adolfo Celi. She also play in "La dernière bourrée à Paris", where she finds for the fifth time, the director Raoul André and she starred alongside Francis Blanche, Roger Coggio, Micheline Dax, Michel Galabru, Marion Game and Tony Kendall. She play in "Elle court, elle court la banlieue" directed by Gérard Pirès and starring Marthe Keller, Jacques Higelin, Robert Castel, Ginette Leclerc, Claude Piéplu, Alice Sapritch, Victor Lanoux, Daniel Prévost, Coluche, Diane Kurys and Miou-Miou. The film was a success with more than a million and a half entries.

In 1974, she released La bonne du curé. This song will become a classic and is one of her greatest success with over one million singles sold in France and more than two million worldwide. At the same time, she continues to make movie like "Les gaspards", directed by Pierre Tchernia and starring Michel Serrault, Philippe Noiret, Michel Galabru, Charles Denner, Gérard Depardieu, Chantal Goya, Roger Carel, Daniel Ivernel, Jean Carmet and Gérard Hernandez. She also play Pupa in the Italian movie Commissariato di notturna, directed by Guido Leoni and starring Rosanna Schiaffino, Gastone Moschin, George Ardisson, Emma Danieli, Giacomo Furia, Gisela Hahn, Leopoldo Trieste, Maurice Ronet, Luciano Salce, Carlo Giuffré, Aldo Bufi Landi, Jean Lefebvre, Michele Gammino, Roger Coggio, Nerina Montagnani, Lorenzo Piani, Luciano Rossi, Bruno Scipioni and Alfredo Varelli.

In 1975, she starred in the leading role of Souvenir of Gibraltar, directed by Henri Xhonneux and starring also Eddie Constantine. She also play Isabelle's mother in "Isabelle devant le désir", starring Jean Rochefort, Anicée Alvina and Mathieu Carrière. This same year, she also had several musical hit : "Ya kasiti", "Jane la tarzane" and one of her most famous hit, "Frida Oum Papa".

In 1976, she's back in a musical named "Nini la chance", in which she had the leading part and who was a huge success. There is an other musical hit from this musical: "Nini la Chance". She also had some others hit, this same year with "La Bébête", "Dis pourquoi tu me bats Léon" and "Ca ira mieux demain" who became cult. She starred in High Street, a movie directed by André Ernotte in which she had the leading part and she play alongside Mort Shuman and Elliot Tiber.

In 1977, she play the Baronne Jacinthe de la Tronchembiais, in the first and only movie directed by Guy Lux, Drôles de zèbres. The movie also starred Sim, Alice Sapritch, Patrick Préjean, Raymond Bussières, Katia Tchenko, Léon Zitrone, Petula Clark, Coluche and Claude François. The director and writer Michel Audiard said about Annie that he was sorry she sings bullshit songs, because she made impressive duet with Bourvil, he think she's a wonderful blues singer and a great actress and she deserved to sing a way better song.

In 1978, she released an other musical hit who became a classic, "Qui qu'en veut". This same year, she made her first television movie. First, she play in "Le bel indifférent" from a Jean Cocteau's play, starring alongside Alain Delon. Then, she play in a Molière's The Miser television adaptation. She play Frosine, alongside Henri Virlojeux and Paul Préboist.

In 1980, she had several musical success, like "Senorita Raspa", "La Coupe à Ratcha", "L'Artiste" and "Ma plus jolie chanson" but her most successful title was "Tata Yoyo" who became an other of her cult song.


In 1981, she play Mme Hortense in the TV Movie written by Didier Decoin, "Les fiançailles de feu", alongside Pierre Malet and Paul Le Person. She also play the leading role in the TV Movie "Madame Sans-Gêne", adaptation of Victorien Sardou's play, in which she play with Raoul Billerey. This same year she made her debut On Stage with the same play, "Madame Sans-Gêne".

In 1982, she's back with her last musical "Envoyez la musique", in which she had the leading part. This same year on Television, she led her own TV Series, "Madame S.O.S.", during a season. She play alongside Jean-Pierre Darras and Jeanne Herviale. The series's soundtrack, "Si j'étais le soleil", was singing by Annie. She had also an other musical success with "Nini Pompon".

In 1983, after six years of absence in cinema, she is back with "Le braconnier de Dieu", directed by Jean-Pierre Darras, in which she play the leading female part. The movie also starred Pierre Mondy, Jean Lefebvre, Michel Galabru, Daniel Ceccaldi, Catherine Allégret, Rosy Varte, Odette Laure, Marthe Mercadier, Paul Préboist and Roger Pierre. Annie had an other musical success with the song "Le rock à Médor".

In 1985, she had an other musical hit who became a cult hit : Cho Ka Ka O.

In 1986, she appeared principally in Theater, with three play in one year. First as Madame de Sévigné, in the play of the same name, in which she play the center role. Then, she play in "La Mienne s'appelait Régine" at the Théâtre de l'Œuvre. And finally, she play in "Merci Apolline", an original play.

In 1987, she resumed the classic play "Madame Sans-Gene", that she had already played in 1981, on stage and on a TV Movie.

In 1989, she appeared in one episode of the French TV Series, "Le bonheur d'en face", in which she play Irène Lecoin, in an episode directed by Teff Erhat. She also starred in the play "Mademoiselle Plume", in the leading role.

In 1990, she's back in cinema after seven years of break with the movie "Impasse de la vignette". She play alongside Paul Crauchet, Jean-Paul Comart and Jean-Yves Berteloot. Her performance was praised by the critics and she won the Best Actress Award at the "Festivals de Digne". This same year, she had the leading role in the TV Series "Orages d'été", in which she play during nine episodes, next to Gérard Klein, Claire Nebout, Jacques Dufilho, Pierre Vaneck and Patachou. She's also present on Stage with the play "Sacrée Gladys", in which she had the leading role, next to Jacques Balutin.


Even if she continued to give concerts and musical compilations were released with her past albums, she was more present on television as an actress.

After a two-year break, she was back in 1993, when she appeared in the TV Series "Inspecteur Médeuze", next to Francis Perrin, Christophe Bourseiller, Jacques Seiler and Mouss Diouf.

1994, was a big year for her. First, she starred in the movie La Vengeance d'une blonde, directed by Jeannot Szwarc, and with Christian Clavier, Marie-Anne Chazel, Clémentine Célarié, Thierry Lhermitte, Marc de Jonge, Philippe Khorsand, Angelo Infanti and Urbain Cancelier. It was a big success with more than two million entries at the Box Office. It was the fourth most successful French film of the year 1994 in France, behind An indian in the city, Léon: The Professional and La Cité de la peur. She play Bertoune, the center character, in the TV Movie "La fille du roi", starring also Raoul Billerey. This same year, she appeared in two play. First, "Six heures au plus tard" with Xavier Percy and then "La Célestine" with Gérard Chambre. In both play, she played the leading character.

In 1995, she played in her first Short film, "Vroum-vroum", written by Eduardo Manet, in which she starred next to Michael Lonsdale, Claire Nebout and Jean-Paul Comart. She play in one episode of the TV Series "Baldi", next to her friend Charles Aznavour. She also had the leading role in the TV Movie "Fanny se fait un sang d'encre". She also sang for the French soundtrack of Pocahontas, named "Ecoute ton coeur".

In 1996, she played in a Short called "Moi j'aime Albert", alongside André Pousse. She also played Hélène in an episode of "Le refuge", starring Maxime Leroux and directing by Alain Schwartzstein.

In 1997, she played in three TV Movie. First, "Le diable en sabots" from a nove by Claude Seignolle, in which she played Marie Fer, alongside Patrick Préjean. Then, she played the leading role in "Une mère comme on n'en fait plus", with Nathalie Boutefeu and Cécile Vassort. Finally, she played Solange Serpette in "Sans cérémonie", directed by Michel Lang, written by Claude d'Anna, and also starring Charles Aznavour and Caroline Vasicek.

In 1998, to mark her 50-year career, she gave a concert at the Olympia. Her friends Georges Moustaki, Guy Béart, Nicoletta, Benjamin Castaldi, Sim, Claude Piéplu, Michel Leeb, Laurent Gerra, Didier Gustin and many others were presents to the event.

In 1999, she played in the Short "Un Noël de chien", written and directed by Nadine Monfils, and also starring Jean-Claude Dreyfus.

In 2000, she appeared in a second episode of the TV Series "Baldi", in which she'd already played in 1995, still next to her friend Charles Aznavour. She was also back on stage with a play written by William Shakespeare : "Les Joyeuses Commères de Windsor". She acted in this play with Patrick Préjean. She has also participated in the series of concerts organized by Les Enfoirés, she had notably shared the song "Une belle histoire" with Alain Souchon and Francis Cabrel.


In 2001, she starred in the TV Movie "La tortue", with Pascale Arbillot.

In 2002, she starred in two TV Movie. First, "Les rebelles de Moissac", with Françoise Bertin and Maurice Chevit. Then, "Passage du bac", with Charles Aznavour, Alexis Tomassian, Bernard Blancan and Urbain Cancelier.

In 2003, Annie played Lucette, the central character in an episode of "Fabien Cosma", with Louis-Karim Nébati and Gérard Hernandez.

In 2004, she played in the Short film "Zartmo". She was also back in the motion picture "Madame Édouard", after ten years without appearing in any film. "Madame Édouard" also starred Michel Blanc, Didier Bourdon, Dominique Lavanant, Josiane Balasko, Rufus, Andréa Ferréol and Bouli Lanners. For her role in "Les Femmes de Cristal", she received the Woman Crystal Award in the categorie "Cinema and Theatre".

In 2005, she appeared in an episode of "Le tuteur", with Tony D'Amario.

In 2006, Annie played Rose, the leading female character in the movie "Le Dernier des fous". The movie is based on the novel "The Last of The Crazy People" written by Timothy Findley. She is on the movie with Dominique Reymond. She also starred in "C'est beau une ville la nuit", directed by Richard Bohringer, with Romane Bohringer, Robinson Stévenin, Luc Thuillier, Jacques Spiesser, Farid Chopel, Daniel Duval, Annie Girardot, Sonia Rolland, Christian Morin and Paul Personne. She's also back on Stage with "Lily & Lily", a play in which she had the leading part, with Christian Morin and Firmine Richard. She was also the narrator for the documentary, "Moi, Belgique" on RTBF, in which she related the history of her country, Belgium.

In 2008, she played Mme Graindorge in Disco, a Fabien Onteniente's movie starring Emmanuelle Béart, Gérard Depardieu, Samuel Le Bihan, Isabelle Nanty, Chloé Lambert, Marie-Christine Adam, Pauline Delpech, Xavier Beauvois and Danièle Lebrun. The film was a big success with more than two million entries in France. It was the third most successful French movie in France in 2006, just behind Welcome to the Sticks and Asterix at the Olympic Games. This same year, she played in Le crime est notre affaire, directed by Pascal Thomas and based on the novel 4.50 from Paddington, written by Agatha Christie. The movie also starred Catherine Frot, André Dussollier, Claude Rich, Chiara Mastroianni, Melvil Poupaud, Christian Vadim, Hippolyte Girardot and Yves Afonso. This was also a success with more than a million of entries in France. Still in 2008, the channel RTBF organised a special night for Annie, named "Quelque chose en nous d'Annie Cordy", in which a number of artists appeared to pay a tribute to her.

In 2009, she played in Wild Grass, a movie directed by Alain Resnais and starring Sabine Azéma, André Dussollier, Anne Consigny, Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric, Michel Vuillermoz, Edouard Baer, Sara Forestier, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Paul Crauchet and Jean-Michel Ribes. This same year, she started a new play, "Laissez-moi sortir", in which she was alone on the stage, playing the part of a great star who is locked out on her balcony and so talks and reminisces on her entire career. After the huge success of the play in 2009 she started a tour in the whole of France in 2010.

In 2011, she played in the low-budget movie "Crimes en sourdine" with Annick Alane, Ginette Garcin and Patrick Préjean. The same year she was back in a studio with an original album : "Ca me plaît pourvu que ça vous plaise..." in which she sang songs written for her by artists such as Charles Aznavour or Alice Dona.

In 2012, she had the leading role in the TV Movie "Je retourne chez ma mère", starring also Rufus and Katia Tchenko. She also appeared in an episode of Scènes de ménage.

In 2013, she appeared in an episode of the TV Series "Y'a pas d'âge", broadcast on France 2, alongside Jérôme Commandeur, Marthe Villalonga, Claude Brasseur, Carmen Maura and Arielle Dombasle.

In 2014, she played in Le Dernier Diamant, alongside Yvan Attal, Bérénice Bejo, Jean-François Stévenin and Jacques Spiesser. She also appeared in an episode of "H-Man", a TV Series broadcast on Arte, alongside Arthur H. She also released a Christmas album for December with 30 jazz musicians named "Annie Cordy chante Noël".

In 2015, she was given the leading role in Les souvenirs, directed by Jean-Paul Rouve, and starring Chantal Lauby and Michel Blanc. The movie was a great success with over a million entries.
She also played in France 2's TV Series "Chefs", with a recurrent character, next to Hugo Becker, Anne Charrier, Clovis Cornillac, Juliette, Nicolas Gob, Robin Renucci and Zinedine Soualem. She is involved in the album "Joyeux anniversaire M'sieur Dutronc" which paid tribute to Jacques Dutronc. This year, she also walked up the stairs to the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. She was also invited to the Festival du film francophone d'Angoulême for a tribute to Belgian Cinema where Impasse de la vignette and High Street were presented.

In 2016, she walked up the stairs to the 2016 Cannes Film Festival to see the movie The Unknown Girl before to present the movie Le Cancre with the rest of the cast.


  • 2004: Created Baroness by King Albert II
  • 24 oktober 2013 : Commander in the Order of the Crown.
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