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Jeanine Deckers (October 17, 1933-March 29, 1985), also known as The Singing Nun, born in Brussels, Belgium, was a Belgian nun, and a member as Sister Luc Gabriel of the Dominican Fichermont Convent located in Waterloo, Belgium.


Jeanine Deckers became famous internationally in 1963 as Sœur Sourire (Sister Smile) when she scored a hit with the song "Dominique" but would never again score another hit. Her sudden fame didn't last long and even the failure of a 1966 film based somewhat on her life, also titled The Singing Nun, didn't do anything to help her fame and Deckers condemned the film as fiction. The film was also poorly made too early and it muddies the liberal image of Deckers, who would go on to criticize the conservative establishment of the Roman Catholic Church. She wrote a song promoting birth control which she strongly supported called "Glory be to God for the Golden Pill". The song didn't become a hit, however. She was also possibly gay with her partner, Anna Pecher.

Deckers worked to do good such as opening and operating a school for autistic children. In the 1980's the Belgian government asked her to pay back taxes for money she had got from "Dominique." She couldn't pay because she's given all the money to her convent and the convent kept the money. Deckers and her partner (see below) struggled and tried to pay her debts but their school closed through lack of funds. Both were despondent over money and in the end both committed suicide. [1] [2] Their relationship just lasted for 10 years. May they both rest in peace.


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