• Short Summary

    MORE THAN 250 GUESTS CRAMMED INTO THE PARIS LIDO NIGHTCLUB LAST NIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO FRANCE'S MOST FAMOUS STAR -- MAURICE CHEVALIER, WHO CELEBRATED HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY.

  • Description

    MORE THAN 250 GUESTS CRAMMED INTO THE PARIS LIDO NIGHTCLUB LAST NIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO FRANCE'S MOST FAMOUS STAR -- MAURICE CHEVALIER, WHO CELEBRATED HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY. AND THEY ALL WORE STRAW HATS, THE HALLMARK OF CHEVALIER'S INTERNATIONAL APPEARANCES ON STAGE, SCREEN AND TELEVISION.

    A STAR FOR WELL OVER HALF A CENTURY, CHEVALIER RETURNED TO THE MICROPHONE AT THE LIDO TO SING HIS MOST FAMOUS SONGS -- INCLUDING "LOUISE", "MIMI" AND "THANK HEAVEN FOR LITTLE GIRLS", WHILE HIS AUDIENCE OF START APPLAUDED HIM ENTHUSIASTICALLY.

    CHEVALIER BEGAN HIS CAREER SOON AFTER THE TURN OF THE CENTURY AND BY 1909 WAS ESTABLISHED AS A STAGE STAR. HE WAS WOUNDED IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR AND WAS LATER CAPTURED. AT THE END OF THE WAR, HE RETURNED TO CONTINUE HIS CAREER AS THE TOAST OF THE PARISIAN STAGE. IN 1929, HE MADE HIS DEBUT IN THE UNITED STATES IN A ZIEGFELD FOLLIES SHOW AND REMAINED THERE FOR SEVEN YEARS.

    DURING WORLD WAR TWO, HE REMAINED IN FRANCE AND TOURED PRISON CAMPS, WHICH GAVE RISE TO RUMOURS OF HIS COLLABORATION WITH THE GERMANS, ALTHOUGH AFTER THE WAR, HE WAS FULLY CLEARED OF ANY SUSPICION.

    SINCE THE WAR, CHEVALIER HAS MADE NUMEROUS FILMS AND WORLD TOURS AND REMAINS -- EVEN AT THE AGE OF 80 -- A FIRM FAVOURITE.

    AMONG THE GUESTS AT LAST NIGHT'S PARTY WAS CLAUDETTE COLBERT, ONE OF CHEVALIER'S FORMER CO-STARS, AND THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENING WAS A SERIES OF GIANT CAKES WITH A TOTAL OF EIGHTY CANDLES. AND THEN CHEVALIER SANG.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5MO7Y8QBHWJGVZ85HF4GAAJIH
    Media URN:
    VLVA5MO7Y8QBHWJGVZ85HF4GAAJIH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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