Jeanine Deckers (aka The Singing Nun)
October 17, 1933 - March 29, 1985
"We have reached the end."
joyous song Dominique which was huge in the 60's was used recently in American
Horror Story as the song to calm the nervous.
Deckers aka Soeur Sourire (Sister Smile) had a hit single in 1964 with
Dominique - The only song out of Belgium to hit #1 on the American Charts.
beat the Beatles.
Reynolds portrayed Jeanine in the movie The Singing Nun. I am obsessed
with bad wax - this statue of Debbie was so old her face looked like it had
of tits, Jeanine was a mammber of the Dominican Order.
took a vow of chastitty.
of the residuals from her music went to the record company, her own share
was, ummm, snatched up by her convent.
Reynolds made the snappy movie The Singing Nun based on Jeanine's story.
theories of how Jeanine, not Debbie, or maybe Debbie, but Jeanine met her
at a summer camp, a much younger female attendee, Annie Pecher, fell in love
with Deckers. I cannot tell you how many times the "summer camp
lez" story has come up in my life. It sounds like Annie was
obsessed with the ex-nun.
took classes at University, began smoking and wearing makeup and Annie was a
fellow novice nun.
on top of the Debbie Reynolds movie sent her convent into fits. They turned.
This doesn't surprise me at all. I've had experience with monster lezzer nuns.
The bad ones can be VILE BULLIES. The nuns made it clear they didn't approve.
had a nervous breakdown. Girl left the order in 1966 yet maintained a religious
lifestyle. Eventually Annie moved in with her and Jeannine insisted it be only
as "friends." It took fourteen years for Jeannine to give up the
"friend" thing and sip from the furry cup and join the Order of the
Practical Shoes. They had an altar built in their house and took communion.
turned rebel in 1967 when she wrote a pro-birth control song "Glory
be to God for the Golden Pill."
made her last album in 1979.
this: The Belgian government wanted back taxes for the royalties. The royalties
were eaten out by the convent. Jeanine tried to get out of it by explaining the
situation, but they were not having it.
the end, the two ladies were operating a school for autistic children. It failed
and closed Jeanine was trying to make a go at giving music and religion lessons.
lived in the Green Horizons Apartment Building (#47B) in Wavre, Belgium.
On Friday night, March 29, 1985, Jeanine and
Annie took a massive overdose of barbiturates and washed it down with booze,
apparently because of money. They were discovered three days later by concerned
In the suicide note as the statement:
"We hope God will welcome us. He saw us
suffer, so He should show clemency."
Upon hearing the news of the deaths, The Mother
Superior from Jeanine's order, clearly devastated, gave the girls a tongue
"The lady is no longer a member of our
In their suicide note they insisted they did
not give up their Catholic faith and asked to be buried with a Catholic funeral.
They also requested to be buried together.
Our own tributes in the Dearly Departed Museum.
In 2009 a documentary about Jeanine was
"Cécile de France, the Belgian actor who
plays Deckers and fought to get the film made, described her as a rebel
trouble-maker and a "punk before her time" but also a fragile egotist
full of "repressed agression and savage brutality."
Author D. A. Chadwick's website who wrote The
Singing Nun Story: the Life and Death of Soeur Sourire