Music: Cognac Contralto

Manhattan nightclub reporters groped for the right words for the newest French import. Wrote one: "She sounds like Edith Piaf [TIME, Oct. 3, 1949] but looks like a younger edition of Peggy Hopkins Joyce." Tried another: "A young Piaf, but pretty." Meanwhile, blonde Marjane (short for Marie Jane Thérese Gendebian) had Manhattan café socialites begging for more of her songs.

Marjane herself sees no reason for all the comparisons with Piaf, but her show is much the same. First comes a chatty little resume of the story of her song in French, followed by a charmingly painful version in English. Then,...

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