Thursday, 4 August 2011

Style Icon LXIII: Maurice Chevalier

Maurice Auguste Chevalier (in the 'still' from Love Me Tonight (1932), with Jeanette MacDonald, 1888-1972 was a popular French star of stage and screen on both sides of the Atlantic. Born into obscurity and poverty, his career stretched from the beginning of film and ended with his final screen performance, singing the title song for The Aristocats  (1970). In between, he delighted audiences with performances in musicals as diverse as The Merry Widow (1934) and, of course, the modern classic musical Gigi, with Hermione Gingold; Leslie Caron; Louis Jordan, and Eva Gabor (1958); from which, amongst others, we remember Thank Heaven For Little Girls; I'm So Glad That I'm Not Young Anymore, and I Remember It Well. Chevalier was the recipient of a special Honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement.

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