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Leslie Caron
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Franz Lehar
George Gershwin
Pierre Bonnard
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Maurice Chevalier

Knowledge Identifier: +Maurice_Chevalier


Maurice Chevalier

French actor, singer and entertainer add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1888.

Countries: France (41%), United States (34%), Germany (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Mistinguett, Jeanette MacDonald, Leslie Caron

Linked to: Paramount Pictures, Turner Classic Movies, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer




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Maurice Chevalier was born in 1888 add something


Jeanette MacDonald - "'Jeanette Anna MacDonald"' was an American singer and actress best remembered for her musical films of the 1930s with Maurice Chevalier and Nelson Eddy


In 1909, he became the partner of the biggest female star in France at the time, Fréhel add something


In 1909, he became the partner of the biggest female star in France, Fréhel add something


However, due to her alcoholism and drug addiction, their liaison ended in 1911 add something


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 add something


In 1917 he discovered jazz and ragtime and went to London , where he found new success at the Palace Theatre add something


In 1917, Chevalier became a star in le Casino de Paris and played before British soldiers and Americans add something


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 add something


John Kenley - Throughout the 1920s he played the vaudeville circuit, singing, dancing, and doing impersonations of not only Al Jolson and Maurice Chevalier, but Beatrice Lillie and Ethel Barrymore as well


He met the American composers George Gershwin and Irving Berlin and brought "Dédé" to Broadway in 1922 add something


Whilst there, he met the American composers George Gershwin and Irving Berlin and brought "Dédé" to Broadway in 1922 add something


The same year he met Yvonne Vallée, a young dancer, who became his wife in 1927 add something


When sound arrived, he made his Hollywood debut in 1928 add something


When talkies arrived, he went to Hollywood in 1928 where he played his first American role in "Innocents of Paris " add something


Paramount Pictures - In 1929 Paramount Released their first musical "Innocents of Paris" Richard A. Whiting and Leo Robin composed the score for the film, Maurice Chevalier starred and sung the most famous song from the film "Louise"


In 1930 he was nominated for the Academy award for Best Actor, for his roles in "The Love Parade" and "The Big Pond" add something


In 1930 he was nominated for the Academy award for Best Actor, for his roles in "The Love Parade" and "The Big Pond" , which secured his first big American hit, "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight" add something


Duke Ellington - In 1930, Ellington and his Orchestra connected with a whole different audience in a concert with Maurice Chevalier and they performed at the Roseland Ballroom, "America's foremost ballroom".


Barbara Hutton - In accordance with New York's high society traditions, Barbara Hutton was given a lavish débutante ball in 1930 on her 18th birthday, where guests from the Astor and Rockefeller families, amongst other elites, were entertained by stars such as Rudy Vallee and Maurice Chevalier


In 1931, Chevalier starred in a musical called "The Smiling Lieutenant" with Claudette Colbert and Miriam Hopkins add something


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 add something


In 1934, he starred in the first sound film of the Franz Lehár operetta "The Merry Widow", one of his best-known films add something


Jeanette MacDonald - In "The Merry Widow" , director Ernst Lubitsch reunited Maurice Chevalier and MacDonald in a lavish version of the classic 1905 Franz Lehár operetta


Helen Twelvetrees - Later she played opposite Spencer Tracy in 1934's "Now I'll Tell" from a novel by Mrs. Arnold Robinson; opposite Donald Cook in "The Spanish Cape Mystery"; and costarred in Paramount's "A Bedtime Story" with Maurice Chevalier


In 1935, he signed with MGM and returned to France later that year add something


In 1937, he married the dancer Nita Raya add something


Adele Astaire - In 1937 Adele began filming in England with Jack Buchanan and Maurice Chevalier but withdrew after two days


Charles Trenet - In his authorized biography of Maurice Chevalier, author David Bret claims that Chevalier and Mistinguett were the ones who first "shopped" Trenet to the police for consorting with underage boys, around 1940


In 1942 he returned to Bocca, near Cannes , but returned to the capital city in September add something


In 1944 when Allied forces freed France, Chevalier was accused of collaborationism add something


In 1944, he had already participated in a Communist demonstration in Paris add something


In 1946, he split from Nita Ray and started writing his memoirs, which took many years to complete add something


He still toured throughout the United States and other parts of the world and returned to France in 1948 add something


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 add something


In 1949, he performed in Stockholm in a Communist benefit against nuclear arms add something


Raymond Devos - Devos' career took off in the 1950s when he began writing his own one man shows and was the opening act for Maurice Chevalier


Paul Mauriat - In the 1950s he became musical director to at least two well-known French singers, Charles Aznavour and Maurice Chevalier, touring with them respectively


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 add something


He started a relationship in 1952 with Janie Michels, a young divorcee with three children add something


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 add something


In 1954, after the McCarthy era abated Chevalier was welcomed back in the United States add something


His first full American tour was in 1955, with Vic Schoen as arranger and musical director add something


In 1957, he appeared in "Love in the Afternoon" which was his first Hollywood film in more than 20 years add something


He appeared as himself in the 1958 "Lucy Goes to Mexico" television episode of "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" add something


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - In 1958, MGM released what is generally considered their last great musical, Arthur Freed's Cinemascope color production of "Gigi", starring Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, and Louis Jourdan


In the early 1960s, he made eight films, including "Can-Can" in 1960 and "Fanny" the following year add something


In the early 1960s, he toured the United States and between 1960 and 1963 made eight films, including "Can-Can" with Frank Sinatra add something


In 1961, he starred in the drama "Fanny" with Leslie Caron and Charles Boyer, an updated version of Marcel Pagnol's "Marseilles Trilogy add something


Horst Buchholz - He starred in the dramatic 1961 romance, "Fanny", with Maurice Chevalier and Leslie Caron


In 1965, at 77, he made another world tour add something


In 1967 he toured in Latin America, again the US, Europe and Canada add something


The following year, on October 1, 1968, he announced his farewell tour add something


In 1970 he made his final contribution to the film industry where he sang the title song of the Disney film "The Aristocats" add something


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 add something


Casino de Paris - Over the decades, performers who have played the Casino de Paris have included Mistinguett, Maurice Chevalier, Josephine_Baker, Micheline Bernardini, Tino Rossi, Line Renaud, Carla Bruni, Violetta Villas, and Zizi Jeanmaire; writers who have contributed work have included Serge Gainsbourg and Jean_Ferrat; Yves Saint Laurent designed for the Casino in the 1970s, and poster artists have included Erté and Jules Chéret

Maurice Chevalier died in 1972 add something


He died in Paris , on January 1, 1972, aged 83 add something


He died in Paris , on January 1, 1972, aged 83, and was interred in the cemetery of Marnes-la-Coquette in Hauts-de-Seine, outside Paris, France add something


Aime Maeght - Watkins His first commercial encounter in the art world came in 1930, when Pierre Bonnard came to his Cannes shop and had Maeght print a program for a Maurice Chevalier concert with a Bonnard lithograph


Introduction by Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies, 11 August 2009 add something