Maurice Chevalier, born Maurice Auguste Chevalier on September 12, 1888, was a Frenchsinger and actor. After serving in World War I, Chevalier began his career as a singer, first inFrance and eventually in the United States. While in New York, he met the composers GeorgeGershwin and Irving Berlin,…more
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."
Maurice acted in 58 films between 1908 and 1967.
Maurice was married twice, but both ended in divorce. He had no children.
Maurice's signature song was "Louise", which he introduced in the 1929 movie, Innocents of Paris.
Maurice won an Honorary Academy Award in 1959 for his contributions to the entertainment world for over 50 years.
Maurice has a Star on the Walk of Fame.
Maurice stood 5'10" tall.
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.
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