Chevalier, Maurice

(1888-1972)
   singer, entertainer, actor
   Born in Paris, Maurice Chevalier began his career at the age of 13, singing in cafés. There, he quickly developed the style and characteristics (smoking a cigarette and wearing a straw hat with an air of insouciance) that would become his famous and widely imitated trademark. At age 21, Chevalier was a featured performer at the Folies-Bergère and, after serving in World War I, returned to the operetta and music hall stages of Paris and London. Since 1914, he had also appeared in some minor films of the director Max Linder, but his cinematographic career reached its apogee when, between 1928 and 1935, he made 12 films for Hollywood. These included The Love Parade (1929), The Smiling Lieutenant (1931), Love Me Tonight (1932), The Merry Widow (1934), and Folies Bergère (1935). Among later films were Gigi (1958), Can-Can (1960), and Fanny (1961). Chevalier returned to France in 1935 and remained in seclusion during World War II. Later, he toured various parts of the world with his one-man shows, the last of these being in Paris in 1968. Chevalier's charm and style are also evident in a number of brief memoirs that he wrote in his later years.

France. A reference guide from Renaissance to the Present . 1884.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • CHEVALIER (MAURICE) — CHEVALIER MAURICE (1888 1972) La carrière de Maurice Chevalier, qui commença en 1899 dans un modeste «boui boui» de Ménilmontant et s’étendit sur près de trois quarts de siècle, est sans conteste l’une des plus prestigieuses du monde du spectacle …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Chevalier, Maurice — born Sept. 12, 1888, Paris, France died Jan. 1, 1972, Paris French singer and actor. He first appeared as a singer and comedian at the Folies Bergère in 1909. He spent two years in a German prison camp during World War I. Known for his jaunty… …   Universalium

  • Chevalier, Maurice — ► (1888 1972) Cantante y actor francés. Cultivó con gran fortuna la canción. Películas: El desfile del amor (1929) y El teniente seductor (1931). * * * (12 sep. 1888, París, Francia–1 ene. 1972, París). Actor y cantante francés. Debutó como… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Chevalier, Maurice — • ШЕВАЛЬЕ (Chevalier) Морис (наст. имя Морис Эдуар Сен Леон) (12.9.1888 1.1.1972)    франц. актёр. Известный исполнитель и автор эстрадных песен. В 1912 18 играл в оперетте. В кино с 1908 (ф. Чересчур легковерный ). Участвовал в картинах М.… …   Кино: Энциклопедический словарь

  • Chevalier,Maurice — Che·va·lier (shə vălʹyā, shə vä lyāʹ), Maurice. 1888 1972. French actor and singer best known for his cabaret appearances and his role in the musical film Gigi (1958). * * * …   Universalium

  • Chevalier — Chevalier, Maurice …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Maurice Chevalier — Maurice Chevalier, ca.1920 Born Maurice Auguste Chevalier September 12, 1888(1888 09 12) Menilmontant, Paris, Franc …   Wikipedia

  • Maurice Chevalier — Maurice Chevalier, fotografía de juventud dedicada. Maurice Édouard Saint Léon (París, 12 de septiembre de 1888 – ibídem, 1 de enero de 1972), celebérrimo intérprete francés de películas musicales de los años 20 y 30. Tuvo un modesto debut en los …   Wikipedia Español

  • Maurice Duruflé — Maurice Duruflé, c.1962 Naissance 11 janvier 1902 Louviers Décès 16 juin 1986 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • chevalier — chevalier, ière [ ʃ(ə)valje, jɛr ] n. • chevaler 1080; lat. caballarius, d apr. cheval I ♦ 1 ♦ N. m. Seigneur féodal possédant un fief suffisamment important pour assurer l armement à cheval. Noble admis dans l ordre de la chevalerie. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.