Maurice Chevalier

Maurice Chevalier's first working job was as an acrobat, until a serious accident ended that career. He turned his talents to singing and acting, and made several short films in France. During World War I he enlisted in the French army. He was wounded in battle, captured and placed in a POW camp by the Germans. During his captivity he learned English from fellow prisoners. After the war he returned to the film business, and when "talkies" came into existence, Chevalier traveled to the US to break into Hollywood. In 1929 he was paired with operatic singer/actress Jeanette MacDonald to make The Love Parade (1929). Although Chevalier was attracted to the beautiful MacDonald and made several passes at her, she rejected him firmly, as she had designs on actor Gene Raymond, who she eventually married). He did not take rejection lightly, being a somewhat vain man who considered himself quite a catch, and derided MacDonald as a "prude". She, in turn, called him "the quickest derrière pincher in Hollywood". They made three more pictures together, the most successful being Love Me Tonight (1932). In the late 1930s he returned to Europe, making several films in France and England. World War II interrupted his career and he was dogged by accusations of collaboration with the Nazi authorities occupying France, but he was later vindicated. In the 1950s he returned to Hollywood, older and gray-headed. He made Gigi (1958), from which he took his signature songs, "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and "I Remember it Well". He also received a special Oscar that year. In the 1960s he made ke a few more films, and in 1970 he sang the title song for Walt Disney's The AristoCats (1970). This marked his last contribution to the film industry.Date of Death 1 January 1972, Paris, France  (cardiac arrest after surgery for a kidney problem)

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1962 Jessica

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1960 Pepe

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1960 Can-Can

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1958 Gigi

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Promo shot with Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan & Hermione Gingold

1462 * 1800 Gigi 1958

Promo shot

922 * 1150 Innocents of Paris 1929

Promo shot

932 * 1157 Innocents of Paris 1929

Promo shot

923 * 1158 Innocents of Paris 1929

Lobby card with Louis Jourdan & Leslie Caron

920 * 727 That's Entertainment! 1974

Lobby card

912 * 719 Pepe 1960

Lobby card with Dan Dailey, Shirley Jones, Bing Crosby & Richard Conte

2053 * 1617 Pepe 1960

Lobby card with Frank Sinatra

1400 * 1100 Can-Can 1960

Lobby card with Frank Sinatra

1400 * 1100 Can-Can 1960

Lobby card with Frank Sinatra & Shirley MacLaine

1853 * 1452 Can-Can 1960

Lobby card with Shirley MacLaine & Frank Sinatra

1106 * 868 Can-Can 1960

Lobby card with Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine & Louis Jourdan

2954 * 2310 Can-Can 1960

Behind the scenes photo with Marilyn Monroe

2527 * 3756 Some Like It Hot 1959

Behind the scenes photo with Marilyn Monroe

3140 * 3934 Some Like It Hot 1959

Behind the scenes photo with Marilyn Monroe

3075 * 3861 Some Like It Hot 1959

Behind the scenes photo with Marilyn Monroe

1300 * 1970 Some Like It Hot 1959

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