Shirley Théroux launches her biography “Born to Sing”

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We love Shirley Théroux for her outspokenness, her optimism, her open-mindedness and her obvious love for her job. This is all that one feels when reading his biography entitled Born to Sing.This book, which will be released on Wednesday, recounts the ups and downs of the unusual life of this strong woman who intends to live to her centenary.  

We can thank comedian Lise Dion for the biography of this great lady, Shirley Theroux. Because, here is one of the discoveries that we make when reading Née pour chanter: Shirley Théroux and Lise Dion have shared a true friendship since their meeting on the set of Two girls in the morning a few years old.

“It's his fault if the book exists,” says the 76-year-old artist, laughing. It was when I was telling her anecdotes from my childhood that she said to me: Shirley, you have to write your biography! After working with Lise, I immediately thought of Caroline St-Hilaire to write it, because I had done an interview with her 2 years ago on QUB radio and she had touched a sensitive chord in me, it was the first time I cried in an interview. She has an intelligence and a beautiful sensitivity. »

Drawers of memories

In the midst of a pandemic, mostly by videoconference and for a full year, the two women lived a great adventure together.  

“Dive back into my memories upset me at times and made me realize what my life was like, especially my childhood, because we forget what we experienced as a child, adds the singer who co-hosted Les Tannants for 5 years with Pierre Marcotte and Joël Denis. By opening these drawers of memories, there are days when we cried, others when we laughed. »

Among the moments of his life whose memories moved him to tears are those of his golden childhood transformed into poverty following the bankruptcy of his father, his early childhood spent in boarding school, his break with his first love (director Jean Paquin), her publicized divorce from Pierre Marcotte, her stay in a rehab center when she started drinking too much and the long and painful trial following a lawsuit of 2 and a half million brought against her for a story advertising natural slimming products.  

“This trial lasted 6 years and was the hell of my life, says the one who had to pay $ 125,000 in legal fees in this case. There was so much relentlessness, I sank. When you get out of there (a trial, your boyfriend leaves and you lose your job) and you're not dead, you know you're strong. I never wanted to plead guilty, because I wasn't. »

Her great strength, believes the one who was nevertheless very shy as a child, comes from her childhood, including all those years spent in boarding schools. We also learn in the biography that she and her sisters ran away… at the age of 12! “I think that made me the strong woman that I am. »

Beautiful memories

“My own son, Bruno-Pierre, does not know the story of his mother before him, continues the one who is nicknamed Shy by her friends (you'll learn why by reading Born to Sing!) Even the public doesn't know me. We should all do this, write our lives for our children. »

It is to tell her son in the first place that Shirley Théroux publishes her biography today. And to show his gratitude to his public who adopted him from the start and who never stopped loving him.  

“My book just tells the truth, continues the one who inherited her first name from actress Shirley Temple, whose brother – who had a say in the name of his little sister – was madly in love. It cleaned my shit up and it made me understand things. It was very therapeutic. »

What is she most proud of in her life? To have stood up, of course! “Women have to stand up,” insists the woman who said no to a certain René Angélil when he wanted to take her under his wing, conditional on an opening on her part, to the public, about her private life (“I don't I have no regrets,” she said). The no has existed for a long time for me and not only in what is sexual: for everything. In life, I dare and I am true to myself. You have to dare to stand up! »

Among the beautiful moments of her life, she recounts the birth of her only son after 6 years of trying, how she was able to offer 15 more years of life by donating bone marrow to her sister Mireille, the good years at her butcher shop, her friendship with her painting mentor Tex Lecor and her first (and last) solo performance on May 26 in Montreal. 

“I am passionate because I do, I am persevering and the Quebec public has adopted me from the start, answers Shirley when asked the recipe for her success and longevity. Life is like a game of ping pong. I toss the ball to you and you throw it back to me. If one of the two doesn't do it anymore, the game is over. I have a beautiful love story with the public. »

  • Born to sing, the biography of Shirley Théroux will be in bookstores on Wednesday

Excerpts from the biography Born to Sing by Shirley Théroux:

Her relationship with her mother:

I can say that I had a golden childhood. Golden in the sense that I lacked nothing. I would even say that I was privileged. Dad rented a country house in the summer, we had food, music and everything we needed to be happy. Yet I felt a profound absence of affection and tenderness. I never heard my parents tell me they loved me. Out of modesty, perhaps? Surely. Certainly, I never held it against them. They gave me what they could. You cannot give what you have not received. I know it today, and I accept it too. It is so important to tell our children that we love them. This love will be part of their life baggage. It's so good and so sweet to hear a father or a mother say “I love you”. 

There are many ways to express feelings and love. I felt a lot of love in my family. But I never heard, “I love you, Shirley. I missed it deeply. 

One day, many years later, when I was going through a painful heartbreak – Pierre had just left me –, I ate with my mother at La Boucherie, my restaurant in Old Montreal. During the meal, I had a visceral need to tell my mom: “Fernande, I love you! » 

And for the very first time, when I turned forty, my mother looked me straight in the eye and said, “Me too, Shirley, I love you. love.  

His divorce from Pierre Marcotte: 

Our separation did not only affect the personal aspect, but also the business aspect. A lot of lawyers, a lot of paperwork, a lot of everything and not enough benevolence towards each other as well as for our son, who hadn't asked for any of that… It's still surprising to see that even if we have a child together, the responsibility is rarely shared fairly. Even today… 

It was a painful breakup, on every level. By force of circumstances, I had to develop my financial autonomy and my status as an independent woman. I had to struggle to find a lawyer to defend my rights. I still don't understand how we could have come to this… How can two beings who love each other, who promise loyalty and who unite to start a family destroy each other for money…? Was it actually a one-sided love? Have I been too naive to believe in love? 

I'll never be rich, but I sleep well at night and have my three meals a day thanks to me, and only me. It will be difficult for me, after this betrayal, to let someone into my life and into my heart… 

Beyond the strong woman you know, there is the broken little girl who got back on her feet thanks to her meeting with a judge. This judge is called time. It is thanks to him that today I stand straight and that I am strong. 

About his premiere in his own show, which was also his last: 

At each postponement, I cried; but each time I recovered and persisted. If COVID-19 wanted to test my level of motivation to go on stage solo for the first time in my life in Montreal, she had better watch out. I saw it snowing. Aware that I was not the only one to endure this painful situation, I tried to remain calm and optimistic. Far be it from me to complain, because it is the whole population that had to constantly adapt. Companies, restaurateurs, artists, young people, everyone, in fact, had to show courage and resilience. The only difference with me is that I was starting to feel the pressure of time… I have less than I had left… 

My career and my life are full of absolutely memorable moments. I have nothing to say about that. However, I couldn't have come all this way without at least singing once on stage, in my own show. It's just im-pos-si-ble! I have dreamed all my life of one day being able to sing in this mythical hall that is the Salle du Gesù. And it wasn't this damn pandemic that was going to shatter that dream. And I will prepare myself for this evening to be memorable, because there will be no other occasions. 

Indeed, I have made the decision that my first would also be my last. I no longer have the energy for these unforeseen events. The pandemic, the variants, the postponements, it becomes too exhausting and risky. I sympathize with the artists of today and tomorrow. Living with this unpredictability is simply unbearable.