From the high life to stage and screen, business, music, and everything in-between, Régina Zylberberg – or Régine as she was known – did it all. The shining star and prolific artist, who was born in Anderlecht, Belgium, in 1929, passed away on Sunday 1 May 2022. Read on for her story!
Régine came to Paris at a very young age. After a spell working in her father’s café, she dedicated her life to mastering the art of entertainment and honing her artistic talent, opening no fewer than 25 hugely successful nightclubs all over the world and hosting at them all! On 30 July 1970, the star – who by that point was well-known as the “Queen of the Night” – triumphed as the headline act at the Monte-Carlo Sporting. It was there, one year later in July 1971, that the incredibly vibrant host and legendary straight-talker opened her Monegasque nightclub Jimmy’z, swiftly followed by Jimmy’z d’Hiver at the Café de Paris in June 1973. A scintillating and party-loving persona, the “Grande Zoa” – as she was nicknamed after one of her most famous songs – brought Monaco alive by making Jimmy’z nightclub a must-visit nightlife icon.
The multi-talented entertainer and businesswoman spent 15 years as the darling of the Monaco jet set, with everyone from Mick Jagger to Rudolf Nureyev, Johnny Hallyday, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Sylvie Vartan, Massimo Gargia, Farrah Fawcett, Claude François and many more coming to live it up at her legendary venues. Régine left Jimmy’z in April 1986, and continued promotional work for the Sociéte des Bains de Mer for the next five years. She remained a frequent visitor to Jimmy’z, including in 2010 to celebrate both the legendary club’s 40th anniversary...and her own 80th birthday!