Hollywood’s French Mae West wasn’t even French: a brief biography of Fifi D’Orsay
LGBT Weekly- San Diego - almost 5 years
Fifi D’Orsay was a Canadian-born French film star. She was called the French Bombshell, yet never visited Paris. For that matter, D’Orsay never left North America. Still, her accent was thicker than any French immigrant to arrive on these shores. In fact, she used her charm and accent to propel herself into a stage and film career that lasted decades, from 1929 to 1973.
D’Orsay was born Marie-Rose Angelina Yvonne Lussier in Montreal on April 16, 1904, one of 12 children of a postal clerk. Soon after being raised to adulthood as convent-educated girl, she became a typist in Montreal. But the young woman who would become the dazzling Fifi D’orsay soon tired of that life. She wanted to be an actress. It wasn’t long before the stars aligned and she met famed singer, Helen Morgan in her native city. Meeting Morgan inspired her to move to New York. She was 20.
Upon arriving in New York, Lussier looked Morgan up. The singer took you
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