Jeanne-Paule Marie "Jeannine" Deckers (October 17, 1933 - March 29, 1985), best known as The Singing Nun in English-speaking countries, was a Belgian folk singer-songwriter with a clear soprano and a member of the Dominican Order in Belgium. She achieved international fame in 1963 with the French-language song, "Dominique," which topped the U.S. Pop/Rock and Adult Contemporary charts as well as many other charts worldwide. She had one other chart entry with "Tous Les Chemins (All The Roads)" (1964), which became a minor hit. Her self-titled debut album also shot to the top of the Billboard 200 in late 1963 and became a top seller worldwide.
A movie was released in 1966 loosely based on Deckers' life titled "The Singing Nun" in which Debbie Reynolds starred in the title role. In this film, Reynolds performed English language versions of The Singing Nun's signature "Dominique" and other songs. "Soeur Sourire," a Franco-Belgian biopic which covers Deckers' real-life struggles and the circumstances surrounding her tragic end, was released in 2009.
- People Magazine remembers Jeanne-Paule Marie Deckers.
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The Singing Nun
- Dominique 1963
(This song, which topped both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts, is sung entirely in French. Debbie Reynolds later recorded an English version of "Dominique" for the 1966 movie, "The Singing Nun," in which she played the title role.)
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