Maurice Chevalier

  • Birth Name: Maurice Auguste Chevalier
  • Birth Place: Paris, France
  • Died: January 1, 1972
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Voice-overs
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Fast Facts

  • Dropped out of school at age 11 to help his family by working as an acrobat. Also sang and danced at Paris music halls.
  • Was wounded and spent two years in a POW camp during World War I; he studied English while incarcerated.
  • Became a star in music halls and movies in Paris, known for his trademark boater hat and tuxedo.
  • Performed at his WWI prison camp in exchange for the release of 10 prisoners during World War II.
  • Was accused of collaboration with the Nazis, but was acquitted.
  • Signed the Stockholm Appeal, which called for a ban on nuclear weapons. Was thought to have Communist leanings and was not welcome in the U.S. until 1955.
  • Toured in one-man shows until his retirement.

Awards

  • 1959, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1958, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1962, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1968, Tony — Special Award: Winner
  • 1959, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1958, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1930, Oscar — Best Actor: Nominee

Relationships

  • Mistinguett — Ex-significant Other
  • Nita Raye — Ex-wife
  • Fréhel — Ex-significant Other
  • Yvonne Vallee — Ex-wife
  • Janie Michels — Ex-significant Other

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