Jean Lapointe dies at 86

Jean Lapointe dies at 86

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Singer, comedian and philanthropist Jean Lapointe, who was one of the founding figures of Quebec's “star-system”, died Friday morning at the age of 86, his home announced of public relations.

The former senator died at the Saint-Raphaël palliative care home in Montreal, surrounded by his loved ones, due to health complications.

“Losing our father is a terrible ordeal, but knowing that his artistic and humanist heritage will live on in the hearts of Quebecers is comforting for us,” said his son Jean-Marie Lapointe, also well known to the general public.

In addition to his influence in the cinema and on stage, Jean Lapointe is also known for his fight against alcoholism, he who suffered from this disease.

His foundation, La Maison Jean Lapointe, was created in 1982 and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Jean Lapointe was present at an event marking this anniversary on October 5th. Maison Jean Lapointe has helped hundreds of people overcome their addiction, whether to alcohol, drugs or gambling.

Jean Lapointe and Anne Elizabeth Lapointe

“Our father always said that his greatest pride has always been Maison Jean Lapointe. His departure saddens us, but we know that he will remain the soul of our establishment,” said Anne Elizabeth Lapointe, daughter of Mr. Lapointe and General Manager of Maison Jean Lapointe.

Jean Lapointe leaves in mourning his wife Mercédès, his seven children Danielle, Michelle, Marie-Josée, Maryse, Jean-Marie, Catherine and Anne Elizabeth, his two grandsons Olivier and Jean Auguste, as well as his sisters Huguette and Suzanne.

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Senator for nine years, Jean Lapointe was a monument of popular Quebec culture, involved in the community.

Jean Lapointe had revealed in 2014 to suffer from lung cancer, then, in 2017, to have been diagnosed with cancer nodules in the right lung. “Maybe it's time for me to rest,” he told the magazine “Échos Vedettes”.

  • Listen to the interview with Jean-Marie Lapointe on the Benoit Dutrizac show broadcast live every day at 1 p.m. via QUB radio: 

Les Jérolas

Also a comedian and songwriter, Jean Lapointe, born on December 6, 1935 in the municipality of Price, in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, touched on everything during his career, which began in the early 1950s. , when he was only 14 years old.

As a teenager, Jean Lapointe participated in an amateur contest at CHRC, a Quebec radio station where he was already noticed through songs and imitations. He then learned cabarets on the boards of Café Caprice in Montreal.

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      In 1955, the formation, with his accomplice Jérôme Lemay, of the duo Les Jérolas, marks an important milestone in his career. The Jérolas make the weather rain or shine in the cabarets of Montreal, alternating sketches and songs. Their first appearance on television dates back to January 1956, on the “Music Hall” program, hosted by Michelle Tisseyre, on Radio-Canada.

      The duo of comic singers triumphed everywhere in Quebec, but also outside our borders: they performed on the glorious stage of the “Ed Sullivan Show”, in the United States, in 1963, and at the Olympia in Paris two years later. . At home, he provided the first part of a concert by Charles Aznavour at Place des Arts in 1968.

      From the legacy of the Jérolas, which includes some twenty records, we will retain, among others, the songs Méo Penché and Charlie Brown, and the adaptation of Elvis's hit Love Me Tender, which became in French L'amour et me.

      In 2011, Jean Lapointe and Jérôme Lemay teamed up again for a few performances of the show “Le grand retour des Jérolas”. Their Montreal return to the Théâtre Maisonneuve, however, did not go as planned: Jérôme Lemay had collapsed on stage at the end of the first part, victim of a malaise. The performance had been interrupted, and Jérôme Lemay died a few days later, on April 20.

      • Listen to Guillaume Lavoie talking to us about Jean Lapointe on the airwaves of QUB radio:

      Music and cinema

      The professional separation of Jean Lapointe and Jérôme Lemay, which marked the end of the Jérolas, occurred in 1974 (but the two friends met a few times during special occasions in the decades that followed). The road that began solo for Lapointe was to be filled with successes.

      As an actor, he quickly established himself in the cinema in “La pomme, la queue et les pépins” (1974) by Claude Fournier, “Les Ordres” (1974) by Michel Brault, “L'eau chaud, l'eau frette” (1976) by André Forcier, “J.A Martin photographe” (1977) by Jean Beaudin, and we will remember his unforgettable interpretation of former Prime Minister Maurice Duplessis, in the series “Duplessis” by Mark Blanford, scripted by Denys Arcand, in 1978.

      More recently, we were able to appreciate the talents of Jean Lapointe on the small and big screen in “Les beaux malaises”, “At the origin of a cry”, “Forever, the Canadians”, “The last tunnel”, “The Immortals” and “The Bottle”.

      In music, “Démaquillé” (1976) is the first album in a long series of opuses and almost as many shows, including many at the Place des Arts, for the singer-songwriter. He bequeathed to our cultural heritage immortal titles such as “Sing your song”, “It's in the songs”, “If we sang together”, “You are juggling with my life” and “My uncle Edmond”. He was part of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste celebrations on Mount Royal in 1976.

      In the mid-1980s, France opened its doors to Jean Lapointe. He made several stays there for shows and promotional activities, including a two-week presence at the Olympia in Paris in 1985.

      In total, the Internet portal of the Maison Jean Lapointe indicates that the entertainer has produced a hundred shows, of which he has given more than 15,000 performances in Quebec and Europe, and recorded 18 albums. He has also acted in some twenty films and fifteen series.

      Maison Jean Lapointe

      Jean Lapointe has never hidden his difficulties with alcohol. From the beginning of the 1960s, the artist struggled with the adrenaline that the boards gave him and he abused drink. The Maison Jean Lapointe website says that its founder attended a first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1962. The man then alternated between periods of sobriety and relapses. Jean Lapointe's alcohol addiction is not unrelated to the reasons that led to the end of the Jérolas. At the turn of the 1970s, his excesses led to serious consequences, such as fights, arrests and hospitalizations.

      Listen to the meeting Philippe-Vincent Foisy and Antoine Robitaille broadcast live every day at 12 p.m. 15 via QUB radio:

      In 1974, after a new drift, he entered the Beaver Center, a organization providing treatment for alcoholism, where he will stay for six weeks. He will then remain sober until the end of his life and will use his notoriety to help people struggling with addictions.