Once called “one of the most talented classical dancers in Europe,” Françoise Mandonnaud Stotts, who signs her paintings with her theatrical name, “Frenchie,” was born in Limoges, France, the third of six children from a remarkable and well known artistic family. She studied ballet and music from the age of four, and joined the world- famous Roland Petit ballet company when she was 18 years old.

It was while on world tour with Roland Petit that she first visited America, fell in love with its vibrant lifestyle and culture and promised herself she would someday return to live and work here.

For the next 20 years, however, her dancing career kept her traveling around the world, as well as having a busy career in Paris performing at the Paris Opera, the Monte Carlo Sporting Club and appearing in the long-running Alcazar de Paris productions as well as more than 100 TV shows and movies.

It was not until 1982 that she achieved her youthful ambition returning to live and work in America as the star dancer in musical productions that toured the United States, as well as appearing on Broadway. She capped her dancing career with an appearance on the national TV show “Star Search” before beginning another successful career as a freelance photo stylist in New York City, where for the next 20 years her work was seen regularly in leading magazines and catalogs.

In the year 2000 “Frenchie’s” love affair with America was formally consummated when she became an American citizen. Another dream come true in 2006 when she bought a home in Sarasota, Florida where she had frequently vacationed, and always hoped to permanently live.

After ending her career as a photo stylist, she embarked on a third life as an artist. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries, one-woman-shows, art festivals, and art centers in Williamstown, MA, and in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL.

In 2011, she had her own art show entitled “I Dream of Paris” at the Alliance Française of Sarasota and was invited to return for a second art show with more of her painting of Paris.

“Frenchie the Artist...” is Françoise’s first book and the story of a colorful and extraordinary life she fearlessly lived…and is yours to enjoy!

Frenchie's Dance Résumé

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