It has been said that she was born around 1820, probably in Haiti and more precisely in Jacmel; actress, she performed small roles in Paris in 1838 and 1839 at the Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Antoine. Jeanne then binds with Nadar. The meeting with Baudelaire took place in the spring of 1842, probably in Faubourg-Montmartre. Jeanne moved to 6 rue de the-headless-woman, in L'Ile-Saint-Louis, very close to the hotel Pimodan where her lover lives.
The story is complicated, but judging from Baudelaire's letters - who sometimes talks about killing himself for her - one can imagine a great love story which, with breakups and reunions, will last at least 17 years. Until 1859, when Jeanne fell ill and remained stricken with hemiplegia. Baudelaire had her hospitalized.
She still lived in Batignolles, greatly diminished, in 1870. We don't know anything more. But there are a few words of love left from his friend:
- I give you these verses so that, if my name
Happily approaches the times distant,
And ship pushed by a great aquilon,
One evening makes human brains work,
- Your memory, like uncertain fables,
Tires the reader as well as a dulcimer,
And by a fraternal and mystical link
Remain as though hanging from my haughty rhymes;
- Être cursed to whom from the deep abyss,
Up to the highest point of the sky nothing, except me, answers;
— Ô you who, like a shadow with a fleeting trace,
- Crowds of a light foot and a serene gaze
The stupid mortals who judged you bitter,
Statue with jet eyes, great angel with a brazen forehead!