Maurice Chevalier
Actor, Singer
Maurice Chevalier
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.
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Sybil Jason, child star and screen rival to Shirley Temple, dies at 83 - Washington Post
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23 at 83, was a button-nosed, bright-eyed scene stealer who developed a following on the British vaudeville circuit with her comic impressions of Greta Garbo and Maurice Chevalier before drawing Warner's interest in 1935. At the time, Warner Bros
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Tonia Bern-Campbell Brings PIAF, CHEVALIER, BREL… AND ME To Palm Springs - Broadway World
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It wasn't until her dear friend Maurice chevalier convinced her to come out of retirement that she accepted an appearance on the Johnny Carson Show, which was followed by a concert tour as guest star with Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
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Coco Chanel: Nazi agent? - BBC News
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Like many luminaries, including the singers Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier, the writer Jean Cocteau and the late president Francois Mitterrand, Chanel remained in her native country following its occupation by German forces in the summer of 1940
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Dylan engaged and frisky in Philadelphia gig - Philadelphia Inquirer
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And yes, when he stood stage center without an instrument and sang with arms extended while wearing a broad-brimmed white hat and black cowboy suit, he did look like a macabre cross between Maurice Chevalier and Vincent Price
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Hearthstone residents share life stories, longevity advice - My Green Lake
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--Maurice Chevalier, New York Times, Oct 9, 1960 People today are living longer and healthier lives than in previous years. Last week, I had the chance to interview four people in (or almost in) their 90s, to talk about their lives and to find out if
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Fascist Fashionista - Daily Beast
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She joins a distinguished list of French collaborationist artists, including Maurice Chevalier, Jean Cocteau, Sacha Guitry, Serge Lifar, and Edith Piaf, not to speak of the owners and headwaiters of the great restaurants of Paris, shops like Hermès and
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Today's 5: What You Need to Know - Patch.com
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Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park launches its classic movie program with Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald in "Love Me Tonight” at 7 pm 3. The Zoning Board of Appeals meets tonight at 7 pm in Oyster Bay. 4
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Paid Notice: Deaths CAREY, GOVERNOR HUGH LEO (APRIL 11
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CAREY--Governor Hugh Leo (April 11, 1919 August 7, 2011). Life does not cease; it merely changes. The family of the 51st Governor of New York State gathered in their Shelter Island home to surround their beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather as he made his peaceful journey to eternal life. In seven terms in Congress, he represented the
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Bill Jacobson, Comedy Writer From TV's Golden Era, Dies at 91 - Hollywood Reporter
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Bill Jacobson, a comedy writer who worked for such performers as Ed Wynn, Eddie Cantor, Pat Boone, Patti Page, Red Buttons, Maurice Chevalier, Victor Borge and Arthur Godfrey, died July 19 in Encinitas, Calif., after a long illness. He was 91
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Always More Bob - OffBeat Magazine
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On the other hand, “A Simple Twist of Fate” had a wistfulness that was accentuated by a touch of Maurice Chevalier in his vocal, and we were left to think about how the Allman-esque southern rock rhythm shaded “Tangled Up in Blue
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The crowd at La Société is haute but the food is even hotter - Globe and Mail
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His foie gras pâté with brioche and a pear port reduction is as rich and smooth as Maurice Chevalier, who, incidentally, is one of the artists featured on the restaurant's Gallic heavy soundtrack. Both the tartares, steak and tuna, are sure to gain
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Dorfman: For US Women's World Cup team, little shame in second place - NJ.com
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In the frolicking film, “Gigi,” the irrepressible Maurice Chevalier sings, “Thank heaven for little girls. They grow up in the most delightful way.” Well, yes they do. Chevalier had his own reason for lauding the flowering of little girls
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Sentimental journeys on offer - TheChronicleHerald.ca
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Many people of a certain age are familiar with the emotion-laden sound of French songs in the spirit of Brel's contemporaries Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier, says Martin. "A large number of people will relate to this show on some level — people in
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SATURDAY PROFILE; Beloved French Rocker Gets Back to Work After Brush With Death
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PARIS JOHNNY HALLYDAY hasn't left the building, at least not yet. It's not that he hasn't tried -- there have been a couple of suicide attempts, and even an effort at retirement. But that didn't last very long, he said in a long and good-natured interview. ''I realized that if it had been my last tour, it would be finished today, and then what
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Cabaret evening at Hopmonk - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
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Mme Kiki will bring her interpretation of songs by Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier and Jacques Brel and her dance interpretation of Josephine Baker. The evening begins when doors open at 6 pm The show starts at 7 in Hopmonk's Abbey
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Maurice Chevalier
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  • 1972
    Age 83
    He died in Paris, on January 1, 1972, aged 83.
    More Details Hide Details His father was a French house painter. His mother, Joséphine van den Bosch, was French of Belgian descent.
    He died in Paris, on New Year's Day 1972, aged 83, and was interred in the cemetery of Marnes-la-Coquette in Hauts-de-Seine, outside Paris, France.
    More Details Hide Details Chevalier has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1651 Vine Street.
  • 1970
    Age 81
    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.
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  • 1968
    Age 79
    The following year, on October 1, 1968, he announced his farewell tour.
    More Details Hide Details Historical newsreel footage of Chevalier appeared in the Marcel Ophüls documentary The Sorrow and the Pity. In a wartime short film near the end of the film's second part, he explained his disappearance during World War II (see the "World War II" section in this entry) as rumors of his death lingered at that time, and emphatically denies any collaboration with the Nazis. His theme song "Sweepin' the Clouds Away" from the film Paramount on Parade (1930) was one of its theme songs and was played in the end credits of the film's second part.
  • 1967
    Age 78
    In 1967 he toured in Latin America, again the US, Europe and Canada.
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  • 1965
    Age 76
    In 1965, at 77, he made another world tour.
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  • 1962
    Age 73
    In 1962, he filmed Panic Button; (not released until 1964); playing opposite blonde bombshell/sex symbol, Jayne Mansfield.
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  • 1961
    Age 72
    In 1961, he starred in the drama Fanny with Leslie Caron and Charles Boyer, an updated version of Marcel Pagnol's "Marseilles Trilogy."
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  • 1960
    Age 71
    In the early 1960s, he toured the United States and between 1960 and 1963 made eight films, including Can-Can (1960) with Frank Sinatra.
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  • 1958
    Age 69
    He also appeared as himself in the 1958 Lucy Goes to Mexico television episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.
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  • 1957
    Age 68
    In 1957, he appeared as himself in an episode of The Jack Benny Program titled "Jack In Paris".
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  • 1955
    Age 66
    His first full American tour was in 1955, with Vic Schoen as arranger and musical director.
    More Details Hide Details The Billy Wilder film Love in the Afternoon (1957) with Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper was his first Hollywood film in more than 20 years. Chevalier appeared in the movie musical Gigi (1958) with Leslie Caron and Hermione Gingold, with whom he shared the song "I Remember It Well", and several Walt Disney films. The success of Gigi prompted Hollywood to give him an Academy Honorary Award that year for achievements in entertainment.
  • 1954
    Age 65
    In 1954, after the McCarthy era abated Chevalier was welcomed back in the United States.
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  • 1952
    Age 63
    He started a relationship in 1952 with Janie Michels, a young divorcee with three children.
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    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.
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  • 1949
    Age 60
    Also in 1949, Chevalier was the subject of the first official roast at the New York Friars' Club, although celebrities had been informally "roasted" at banquets since 1910.
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    In 1949, he performed in Stockholm in a Communist benefit against nuclear arms.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1948
    Age 59
    He still toured throughout the United States and other parts of the world and returned to France in 1948.
    More Details Hide Details In 1944, he had already participated in a Communist demonstration in Paris. He was therefore even less popular in the U.S. during the McCarthyism period; in 1951, he was refused re-entry into the U.S. because he had signed the Stockholm Appeal.
  • 1946
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He started to paint and collect and acted in Le silence est d'or (Man About Town) (1946) by René Clair.
  • 1944
    Age 55
    In 1944 when Allied forces freed France, Chevalier was accused of collaborationism.
    More Details Hide Details The August 28, 1944 issue of the Stars and Stripes, the daily newspaper of U.S. Armed Forces in the European Theater of Operations, reported (in error) that "Maurice Chevalier Slain By Maquis, Patriots Say" Even though he was acquitted by a French convened court, the English-speaking press remained hostile and he was refused a visa for several years.
  • 1942
    Age 53
    In 1942 he returned to La Bocca, near Cannes, but returned to the capital city in September.
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  • 1941
    Age 52
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Songs like "Ça sent si bon la France" and "La Chanson du maçon" became hits. The Nazis knew that he was harbouring a Jewish family in the South of France, and put pressure on him to perform in Berlin and sing for the collaborating radio station Radio Paris. He refused, but did perform for prisoners of war in Germany at the same camp where he had been held captive in World War I, and succeeded in getting ten French soldiers freed in exchange.
  • FORTIES
  • 1937
    Age 48
    In 1937, Chevalier married the dancer Nita Raya.
    More Details Hide Details He had several successes, such as his revue Paris en Joie in the Casino de Paris. A year later, he performed in Amours de Paris. His songs remained big hits, such as Prosper (1935), Ma Pomme (1936) and Ça fait d'excellents français (1939). In 1957, Chevalier was awarded The George Eastman Award, given by George Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film. Maurice Chevalier (as well as French actor Charles Boyer, nicknamed "The French Lover") is also depicted in a Tex Avery cartoon.
  • 1935
    Age 46
    In 1935, he signed with MGM and returned to France later that year.
    More Details Hide Details Even when he was the highest-paid star in Hollywood, Chevalier had a reputation as a penny-pincher. When filming at Paramount, he balked at parking his car in the Paramount lot at ten cents a day. After bargaining, he managed to get five cents per day. Another story is told of Chevalier (a smoker) having a conversation with someone who offered him a cigarette. He took it, said "Thank you", put it in his pocket, and continued with the conversation. But in Hollywood he seemed to be a divided character. When not playing around with young chorus-girls, he actually felt quite lonely, and sought the company of Adolphe Menjou and Charles Boyer, also French, but both much better educated than Chevalier. Boyer in particular introduced him to art galleries and good literature, and Chevalier would try to copy him as the man of taste. But at other times, he would 'revert to type' as the bitter and impoverished street-kid he basically was. When performing in English, he always put on a heavy French accent, although his normal spoken English was quite fluent and sounded more American.
  • 1934
    Age 45
    In 1934, he starred in the first sound film of the Franz Lehár operetta The Merry Widow, one of his best-known films.
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  • 1932
    Age 43
    In 1932, he starred with Jeanette MacDonald in Paramount's film musical, One Hour With You which became a success and one of the films instrumental in making musicals popular again.
    More Details Hide Details Due to its popularity, Paramount starred Maurice Chevalier in another musical called Love Me Tonight (also 1932), and again co-starring Jeanette MacDonald. It is about a tailor who falls in love with a princess when he goes to a castle to collect a debt and is mistaken for a baron. Featuring songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, it was directed by Rouben Mamoulian, who, with the help of the songwriters, was able to put into the score his ideas of the integrated musical (a musical which blends songs and dialogue so the songs advance the plot). It is considered one of the greatest film musicals of all time.
  • 1931
    Age 42
    In 1931, Chevalier starred in a musical called The Smiling Lieutenant with Claudette Colbert and Miriam Hopkins.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the disdain audiences held for musicals in 1931, it proved a successful film.
  • 1930
    Age 41
    In 1930, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his roles in The Love Parade (1929) and The Big Pond (1930).
    More Details Hide Details The Big Pond gave Chevalier his first big American hit songs: "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight" with words and music by Al Lewis and Al Sherman, plus "A New Kind of Love" (or "The Nightingales"). He collaborated with film director Ernst Lubitsch. He appeared in Paramount's all-star revue film Paramount on Parade (1930). While Chevalier was under contract with Paramount, his name was so recognized that his passport was featured in the Marx Brothers film Monkey Business (1931). In this sequence, each brother uses Chevalier's passport, and tries to sneak off the ocean liner where they were stowaways by claiming to be the singer—with unique renditions of "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" with its line "If the nightingales could sing like you".
  • THIRTIES
  • 1928
    Age 39
    When sound arrived, he made his Hollywood debut in 1928.
    More Details Hide Details He signed a contract with Paramount Pictures and played his first American role in Innocents of Paris.
  • 1927
    Age 38
    The same year he met Yvonne Vallée, a young dancer, who became his wife in 1927.
    More Details Hide Details When Douglas Fairbanks was on honeymoon in Paris in 1920, he offered him star billing with his new wife Mary Pickford, but Chevalier doubted his own talent for silent movies (his previous ones had largely failed).
  • 1922
    Age 33
    He met the American composers George Gershwin and Irving Berlin and brought Dédé to Broadway in 1922.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1917
    Age 28
    In 1917, Chevalier became a star in le Casino de Paris and played before British soldiers and Americans.
    More Details Hide Details He discovered jazz and ragtime and started thinking about touring the United States. In the prison camp, he had studied English and had an advantage over other French artists. He went to London, where he found new success at the Palace Theatre, even though he still sang in French. After the war, Chevalier went back to Paris and created several songs still known today, such as "Valentine" (1924). He played in a few pictures, including Chaplin's A Woman of Paris (a rare drama for Chaplin, in which his character of The Tramp does not appear) and made a huge impression in the operetta Dédé.
  • 1916
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1909
    Age 20
    In 1909, he became the partner of the biggest female star in France, Fréhel.
    More Details Hide Details However, due to her alcoholism and drug addiction, their liaison ended in 1911. Chevalier then started a relationship with 36-year-old Mistinguett at the Folies Bergère, where he was her 23-year-old dance partner; they eventually played out a public romance. When World War I broke out, Chevalier was in the middle of his national service, already in the front line, where he was wounded by shrapnel in the back in the first weeks of combat and was taken as a prisoner of war in Germany for two years.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1901
    Age 12
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was singing, unpaid, at a café when a member of the theatre saw him and suggested he try for a local musical. He got the part. Chevalier made a name as a mimic and a singer. His act in l'Alcazar in Marseille was so successful, he made a triumphant rearrival in Paris.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1888
    Born
    Born in 1888.
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