Maurice Chevalier

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Quotes (8)

  • Maurice: (on Grace Kelly) Grace Kelly was a Dresdon doll, I thought, with a kind of platinum beneath the delicate porcelain, a beautiful girl who I felt was always in control of her world.

  • Maurice: (on Clara Bow) Clara Bow, with her tousled mane of red hair and intense black eyes, who generated sex appeal and excitement with breathtaking ease.

  • Maurice: (on Jeanette MacDonald) I later heard her referred to as the Iron Butterfly, although I was surprised to hear that she found that amusing. I never thought she had much of a sense of humor. When we worked together she always objected to anyone telling a risqué story.

  • Maurice: Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it.

  • Maurice: An artist carries on throughout his life a mysterious, uninterrupted conversation with his public.

  • Maurice: (on why he liked personal appearances better than films) The cinema is rather like a beautiful woman whom you would court only by telephone.

  • Maurice: Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.

  • Maurice: Love the public the way you love your mother.

Trivia (14)

  • Maurice made his film debut in 1908 with the French film, Trop Crédules.

  • Maurice was declared "potentially dangerous" by the U.S. State Department in 1951 for a signing an anti-nuclear weapons petition called the Stockholm Appeal.

  • Before becoming an actor, Maurice worked as a sparring partner to heavyweight boxing champion Georges Carpentier.

  • Maurice served in the French infantry during WWI. He was captured and imprisoned by the German army. While in prison, he learned English from the other prisoners.

  • Maurice started his career as an acrobat, but an accident turned him towards being a singer and actor instead.

  • Maurice was noted for seducing his leading ladies in movies, and earned the nickname "The quickest derriere pincher in Hollywood" from actress Jeanette MacDonald.

  • In 1930, Chevalier was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in two different films: The Love Parade and The Big Pond. Neither nomination resulted in a win.

  • When Chevalier died, the Times of London simply wrote this obituary for the French singer: "Paris has lost another piece of its history and of its legend."

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