Maurice Chevalier

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Maurice Chevalier
Maurice Auguste Chevalier
BirthplaceParis, France
Singer, actor, dancer

Chevalier, Maurice

(shəvăl`yā, Fr. mōrēs` shəvälyā`), 1888–1972, French singer and film actor. He made his debut in 1900 singing and dancing at the Casino de Tourelles, Paris. As the dancing partner of Mistinguett and as the star of several Paris music halls, he won his public by his charm and inimitable smile; by 1928 his reputation was international. He became famous for his portrayal of the debonair man-about-town, typically sporting a straw hat and a cane. Among his later films are Love in the Afternoon (1956), Gigi (1958), Can-Can (1959), and Fanny (1961).


See his autobiographies With Love (1960) and I Remember It Well (1970); study by G. Ringgold and D. Bodeen(1973).

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Chevalier, Maurice


Born Sept. 12, 1888, in Paris; died there Jan. 1,1972. French singer, film actor.

From 1912 to 1918, Chevalier worked in music hall comedy productions; he later performed on the stage as a chanteur. He became famous in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. Chevalier began acting in motion pictures in 1911, appearing in such films as The Love Parade (1931), The Merry Widow (1934), Le Silence est d’or (1947; released in the USA under the title Man About Town), Love in the Afternoon (1956), Can-Can (1962), Fanny (1963), and Captain Grant’s Children (1965, in the role of Paganelle).


Ma Route et mes chansons. Paris [1950],
Autobiographic Paris, 1956.
In Russian translation:
“Masterovoi Frantsii.” Teatr, 1974, nos. 7,8,11.


Pagnol, M. and R. Carlès. Maurice Chevalier. Paris, 1950.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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