Maurice Chevalier

Maurice Chevalier

Actor + Singer
Born Sep 12, 1888

Maurice Auguste Chevalier was a French actor, singer and entertainer. He is perhaps best known for his signature songs, including Louise, Mimi, Valentine, and Thank Heaven for Little Girls and for his films including The Love Parade and The Big Pond. His trademark attire was a boater hat, which he always wore on stage with a tuxedo. Chevalier was born in Paris.… Read More

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1888 Birth Born in 1888.


1901 13 Years Old He worked a number of jobs: a carpenter's apprentice, electrician, printer, and even as a doll painter. He started in show business in 1901. … Read More


1909 21 Years Old In 1909, he became the partner of the biggest female star in France, Fréhel. … Read More
1916 28 Years Old In 1916, he was released through the secret intervention of Mistinguett's admirer, King Alfonso XIII of Spain, the only king of a neutral country who was related to both the British and German royal families.
1917 29 Years Old In 1917, Chevalier became a star in le Casino de Paris and played before British soldiers and Americans. … Read More


1922 34 Years Old He met the American composers George Gershwin and Irving Berlin and brought Dédé to Broadway in 1922.
1927 39 Years Old The same year he met Yvonne Vallée, a young dancer, who became his wife in 1927. … Read More


1928 - 1932 4 More Events
1934 46 Years Old In 1934, he starred in the first sound film of the Franz Lehár operetta The Merry Widow, one of his best-known films.
1935 47 Years Old In 1935, he signed with MGM and returned to France later that year. … Read More
1937 49 Years Old In 1937, Chevalier married the dancer Nita Raya. … Read More


1941 53 Years Old During World War II, Chevalier kept performing on the stage in France. In 1941, he appeared in a successful revue in the Casino de Paris, Bonjour Paris, which was Nazi propaganda, reassuring the public that nothing had basically changed under the occupation. … Read More
1942 54 Years Old In 1942 he returned to La Bocca, near Cannes, but returned to the capital city in September.
1944 56 Years Old In 1944 when Allied forces freed France, Chevalier was accused of collaborationism. … Read More
1946 58 Years Old In his own country, however, he was still popular. In 1946, he split from Nita Ray and started writing his memoirs, which took many years to complete. … Read More


1948 60 Years Old He still toured throughout the United States and other parts of the world and returned to France in 1948. … Read More
1949 61 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1949, he performed in Stockholm in a Communist benefit against nuclear arms.
1952 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1952, he bought a large property in Marnes-la-Coquette, near Paris, and named it "La Louque", as a homage to his mother's nickname.
1954 - 1965 8 More Events
1967 79 Years Old In 1967 he toured in Latin America, again the US, Europe and Canada.
1968 80 Years Old The following year, on October 1, 1968, he announced his farewell tour. … Read More
1970 82 Years Old In 1970, several years after his retirement, songwriters Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman got him to sing the title song of the Disney film The Aristocats, which ended up being his final contribution to the film industry.
1972 84 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He died in Paris, on January 1, 1972, aged 83. … Read More
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