I felt kind of obliged to go through with the ceremony in a way." The pair tied the knot back in 2005 with a lavish ceremony that took place at Gurteen Castle, Ireland.
The unconventional wedding and her purple gown were even featured in the pages of Vogue.
Of course, the term "courtesan" did not then reverberate with the bells of indecency it does today.
Though some disapproved, Mistinguett was generally esteemed as a model of beauty and mysterious feminine power.
She was not a beauty and so, as she herself said, "the rest had to be created. my legs [were called] 'the loveliest legs in the world', [an idea that] came out of my head." And she was convincing.