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Maurice Chevalier

Maurice Chevalier
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Born Maurice Auguste Chevalier
(1888-09-12)September 12, 1888
Paris, France
Died January 1, 1972(1972-01-01) (aged 83)
Paris, France
Occupation Cabaret singer, actor, dancer
Years active 1908–1970
Spouse(s) Yvonne Vallée (1927–1932) (divorced)
Nita Raya (1937–1946)

Maurice Auguste Chevalier (September 12, 1888 – January 1, 1972) was a French actor, cabaret singer and entertainer. He is perhaps best known for his signature songs, including "Louise", "Mimi", "Valentine", and "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and for his films, including The Love Parade and The Big Pond. His trademark attire was a boater hat, which he always wore on stage with a tuxedo.

Chevalier was born in Paris. He made his name as a star of musical comedy, appearing in public as a singer and dancer at an early age before working in menial jobs as a teenager. In 1909, he became the partner of the biggest female star in France at the time, Fréhel. Although their relationship was brief, she secured him his first major engagement, as a mimic and a singer in l'Alcazar in Marseille, for which he received critical acclaim by French theatre critics. In 1917, he discovered jazz and ragtime and went to London, where he found new success at the Palace Theatre.

After this, he toured the United States, where he met the American composers George Gershwin and Irving Berlin and brought the operetta Dédé to Broadway in 1922. He developed an interest in acting and had success in Dédé. When talkies arrived, he went to Hollywood in 1928, where he played his first American role in Innocents of Paris. In 1930, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his roles in The Love Parade (1929) and The Big Pond (1930), which secured his first big American hit, "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight".



  • "Madelon de la Victoire" (1918)
  • "Dans la vie faut pas s'en faire" (1921)
  • "Valentine" (1924)
  • "Louise" (1929)
  • "My Ideal" (1930)
  • "(Up On Top Of A Rainbow) Sweepin' The Clouds Away" (1930)
  • "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" (1930)
  • "Living In the Sunlight, Loving In the Moonlight" (1930)
  • "Isn't it Romantic" (1932)
  • "Mimi" (1932)
  • "Prosper (Yop La Boum)" (1935)
  • "Quand un Vicomte" (1935)
  • "Ma Pomme" (1936)
  • "Le Chapeau de Zozo" (1936)
  • "Mimile (un gars du Ménilmontant)" (1936)
  • "Ça Fait d' Excellents Français" (1939)
  • "Paris sera toujours Paris" (1939)
  • "Ça sent si bon la France" (1941)
  • "La Chanson du Maçon" (1941)
  • "Notre Espoir" (1941)
  • "Thank Heaven For Little Girls" (1957)
  • "I Remember It Well" (1957)
  • "Enjoy It!" (1967)
  • "" (1970)
  • Chevalier, Maurice (1949). The Man in the Straw Hat, My Story. New York: Crowell. 
  • Chevalier, Maurice; Eileen and Robert Pollock (1960). With Love. Boston: Little, Brown. 
  • Chevalier, Maurice (1970). Schoffie met wit haar. Utrecht/Antwerpen: A.W. Bruna & Zoon. ISBN . 
  • Chevalier, Maurice (1970). I Remember It Well. New York: Macmillan. 
  • Gene Ringgold and DeWitt Bodeen (1973). Chevalier. The Films and Career of Maurice Chevalier. Secaucus, New Jersey: The Citadel Press. ISBN . 
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