Tag Archives: Maurice Chevalier

La Reine du Music-Hall

French actress and singer Mistinguett was born on April 5, 1875 under the name Jeanne Bourgeois. In her day, she was at one time the best-paid female entertainer in the world. She came from the proverbial humble background. From a … Continue reading

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La folie douce

The Folies Bergère music hall in Paris staged its first musical review on November 30, 1886. While it’s still in business, its heyday was in the Jazz Age. It was originally planned as an opera house and opened as the … Continue reading

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Early screen star Claudette Colbert was born on September 13, 1903. At her birth in France, her name was Émilie Chauchoin. Her father was French and her mother English. In 1911, the family immigrated to New York. She began her … Continue reading

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Courir les filles

French singer, actor, and vaudeville performer Maurice Auguste Chevalier was born on September 12, 1888. His greatest hit was “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” from the movie Gigi (1958), for which film he earned an honorary Academy Award for his … Continue reading

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