Maurice Chevalier

French singer, actor, and entertainer (1888–1972)

Maurice Auguste Chevalier (September 12, 1888 – January 1, 1972) was a French actor and cabaret singer.[1] He was born in Paris. He was perhaps best known for his songs, including "Louise", "Mimi", "Valentine", and "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and for his movies, including The Love Parade, The Big Pond, Love Me Tonight and Gigi.

Chevalier in 1968

During World War I, Chevalier was a prisoner of war of Germany for two years from 1914 through 1916.

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 made his first big American hit, "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight".[2]

In 1958, Chevalier received an Honorary Academy Award for his works in the movie industry.

In 1970, he made his final work to the movie industry where he sang the title song of the Disney movie The Aristocats.

Chevalier died on January 1, 1972 in Paris of kidney failure at the age of 83.[3]


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  2. "Artiste". RFI Musique.
  3. "Maurice Chevalier Dead; Singer and Actor Was 83". 2 January 1972 – via

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