Annette


Annette shared an embryonic sac with Yvonne. As a child, she was described as more rebellious and more assertive than the others. Annette was one of the two bossiest quints when she was little. She invited quarrels when she knew she could win and was single-minded in her pursuit of her own goals. Nurse Leroux predicted that she “might well become a businesswoman”. Her favorite color was green, and when you see pictures of the girls dressed in different color dresses, it is Annette wearing the green one. It simply was “her” color.

In 1952, Annette, along with her four sisters left home to attend school at the convent of the Sisters of the Assumption at Nicolet, Quebec. After Emilies death in 1954, Annette enrolled in the College Marguerite-Bourgeoys to study literature.

In early October of 1957, Annette married Germain Allard. Little more than a year later. Annette gave birth to their first child, Jean-Francois. In the coming years, they had three more children. The couple bought a home in St Bruno, a suburb of Montreal. Annette was astonished at her husband’s easy geniality and openness. Slowly, she learned from him to overcome some of her shyness – the kind of hopeless, lost feeling that made her want to hide away when anybody recognized her on the street. In 1967 she wrote that she was “gradually learning to smile and to let the curious stare and to accept their gesture as a normal human response…” Her husband felt that she was beginning to blossom as a result of his example.

In the early seventies, the three surviving sisters found themselves together again in St Bruno after being separated geographically. The sisters phoned each other constantly, talked incessantly of the past, and drew in among themselves. Yvonne even moved in to live with the Allards for a while. This was too much for Germain. His and Annette´s marriage ended in divorce.

Today, Annette lives with Cécile in St Bruno. They are the only two still alive of the Dionne quintuplets.