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Jeanne Augier Bio
|One of France’s most flamboyant hoteliers, Jeanne Augier, who was born in 1923 died on Monday night, 7th January 2019 in the hotel she ran for over 60 years, her guardian Laurence Cina-Marro confirmed. She was the owner of the seafront Hotel Negresco in the French city of Nice.|
|Jeanne Augier Born||
She was born in 1923
|Jeanne Augier Died||She died on 7th January 2019 aged 95|
|Jeanne Augier Husband||Paul Augier|
|Jeanne Augier Known for||Owner of Hotel Negresco in the French city of Nice|
|Jeanne Augier Net worth||Her 97-percent stake in the hotel, which is profitable, was valued at between 300 and 400 million euros ($340 to $460 million) in 2016, excluding the art and furniture.
Jeanne Augier History with Hotel Negresco
Hotel Negresco is named after its Romanian-born founder, Henri Negresco, and has more than 100 rooms, each with their unique furnishings and French art “collection pieces”.
The hotel opened in 1913 and quickly became popular with European royalty.
Creditors seized the hotel after the end of World War I, the Negresco was sold to a Belgian company. Henri Negresco died a few years later in Paris at the age of 52.
The Negresco hotel was a struggling when Jeanne Augier’s father, Jean-Baptiste Mesnage, bought it at her suggestion in 1957. Even then, her motives were charitable. Her mother had become paralysed after an unsuccessful operation. Apart from hospitals, the Negresco was the only building in Nice with lifts wide enough to allow her mother to be taken outside while lying in her bed.
Augier ran the pink-domed Negresco hotel on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice for more than 60 years after inheriting it from her father in 1957.
There, she welcomed guests including the Beatles and the Sultan of Brunei.
Augier devoted her life to the hotel on the seafront, whose flags were at half-mast following news of her death.
Her success in building the hotel up into a favourite among celebrities saw it develop a client list with names such as Salvador Dali and Elton John, who featured the hotel in the video for his hit song “I’m Still Standing.”
Augier who is instantly recognisable by her auburn hair and bright red lipstick, once famously told Microsoft founder Bill Gates that he was not rich enough to buy her hotel.
In an interview with French newspaper Liberation in 2009, she said: “I must have a hundred offers a year to buy the Negresco. It’s out of the question.”
The hotel stands out with its chandelier-lit dining room and sweeping views of the Mediterranean, describes itself on its website as “a place where everything is possible… flamboyance served on a tray”.
In 2016, the Negresco hotel was used as a field hospital following the Bastille Day lorry attack that killed 84 people in the city.
Jeanne Augier Husband
Her husband was Paul Augier, a French politician who was born 26th November 1912 in Nice, France and died on 6th October 1995.
Jeanne Augier Death and Cause
Jeanne Augier died on Monday night, 7th January 2019, her guardian Laurence Cina-Marro confirmed.
Hotel Negresco flags were at half-mast following news of her death. She devoted her life to preserving the hotel’s heritage.
Jeanne Augier Children, Passion for Dogs, Employees
Apart from her employees, who called her “Madame,” she also lavished attention on her cats and dogs.
Augier, who had no children, nieces or nephews, sought to protect her staff and legacy by bequeathing the hotel to a special fund in 2009 to try to ward off foreign buyers after her death.
Augier, who lived in an apartment on the sixth floor of the Negresco, built up a huge collection of 6,000 artworks, which are dotted throughout the hotel.
The outstanding prize acquisitions were a famous portrait of “Sun King” Louis XIV and a huge canary yellow female figure by sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle.