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Date Of BirthSeptember 12, 1888
DiedJanuary 1, 1972, Paris, France
SpouseNita Raya, Yvonne Vallée
MarkStraw boater hat and cane
FactIn 1944, after Paris was liberated by the Allies, Chevalier was arrested by French authorities on charges of collaborating with the Nazis during the occupation and put on trial. He was acquitted, but feelings ran high against him among the French public and government, and it was several years before he was granted a visa to leave the country.

Maurice Chevalier was born on September 12, 1888, in Paris, France. His parents were both of humble means, and his father worked as a house painter. Chevalier was the fifth of six children, and he was educated at a local primary school. When he was 10 years old, his father died, and Chevalier was forced to leave school and find work to support his family. He found employment as a busker, singing and dancing on the streets of Paris.

Chevalier’s big break came in 1907 when he was hired to perform at the famous Moulin Rouge nightclub. He quickly became a sensation, and his career took off. He went on to star in a number of successful films, including “Love Me Tonight” (1932) and “Gigi” (1958). He also recorded a number of popular songs, such as “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” and “Mimi.”

Chevalier was married three times and had four children. His first marriage, to Yvonne Vallée, ended in divorce. His second marriage, to Nita Raya, lasted from 1934 until her death in 1977. His third marriage, to Simone Signoret, lasted from 1952 until her death in 1985.

Chevalier died on January 1, 1972, in Paris, France. He was 83 years old.

General Info

Full NameMaurice Chevalier
Date Of BirthSeptember 12, 1888
DiedJanuary 1, 1972, Paris, France
Height1.79 m
ProfessionActor, Dancer, Singer, Entertainer


SpouseNita Raya, Yvonne Vallée
ParentsCharles Victor Chevalier, Joséphine Van Den Bossche


AwardsAcademy Honorary Award, Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, Grammy Hall of Fame, Special Tony Award
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama
MoviesGigi, Love Me Tonight, The Love Parade, Love in the Afternoon, In Search of the Castaways, The Merry Widow, The Smiling Lieutenant, One Hour with You, Fanny, Can-Can, The Big Pond, A Bedtime Story, Monkeys, Go Home!, Innocents of Paris, I'd Rather Be Rich, Paramount on Parade, A Breath of Scandal, B...

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#Marks / Signs
1Heavy French accent
2Theme Song: "Louise"
4Straw boater hat and cane


1I am too old for women, too old for that extra glass of wine, too old for sports. All I have left is the audience, but I have found it quite enough.
2[In response to a contract offer from Irving Thalberg if he would consent to a screen test] Either people are interested in hiring me or they're not. I don't audition any more.
3[on Grace Kelly] Grace Kelly was a Dresden 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.
4[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.
5Many a man has fallen love with a girl in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it.
6[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.
7Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.
8[on why he preferred personal appearances to films] The cinema is rather like a beautiful woman whom you would court only by telephone.
9An artist carries on throughout his life a mysterious, uninterrupted conversation with his public.
10Love the public the way you love your mother.


1Singer songs composed Henri Betti from 1941 to 1945.
2Director Rouben Mamoulian consented to write the foreword for "Chevalier: The Films and Career of Maurice Chevalier.".
3In 1944, after Paris was liberated by the Allies, Chevalier was arrested by French authorities on charges of collaborating with the Nazis during the occupation and put on trial. He was acquitted, but feelings ran high against him among the French public and government, and it was several years before he was granted a visa to leave the country.
4As the star of radio's long-running "Chase and Sanborn Hour", he earned $5000 weekly, a record for radio performers up to that time.
5Interviewed in "The Great Comedians Talk About Comedy" by Larry Wilde. [1968]
6On his death the "Times" of London wrote: "Paris has lost another piece of its history and of its legend".
7Introduced his theme song, "Louise" (music by Richard A. Whiting, lyrics by Leo Robin), in his first U.S. film, Innocents of Paris (1929).
8In his youth, he was a sparring partner to heavyweight boxing champion Georges Carpentier.
9In 1951, the U.S. State Department declared Chevalier "potentially dangerous" to the security of the United States because he had signed a petition against nuclear weapons called the Stockholm Appeal.
10Chevalier was an infantryman in the French army during World War I and was captured by German troops in 1914. He spent two years in the Alten Grabow POW camp.
11Born at 2:0am-LMT




The Big Pond1930performer: "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me", "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight"
Paramount on Parade1930performer: "All I Want Is Just One Girl", "Sweepin' the Clouds Away"
The Love Parade1929performer: "Paris, Stay the Same" 1929, "Anything to Please the Queen" 1929, "My Love Parade" 1929, "Nobody's Using It Now" 1929 - uncredited
Marianne1929/Iperformer: "Louise" 1929 - uncredited
Innocents of Paris1929performer: "Louise" - uncredited
Hier encore2014TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Six by Sondheim2013TV Movie documentary performer: "Just One of Those Things"
Mad Men2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Au revoir mon amour2011Short performer: "Ah ! Si vous connaissiez ma poule", "Y'a d'la joie"
L'occupation intime2011TV Movie documentary lyrics: "Notre Espoir" / performer: "Notre Espoir"
Abel Escoto: Fragmentos de Vida e Obra2009Documentary short performer: "Paris Stays the Same"
Army of Crime2009"CA SENT SI BON LA FRANCE"
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story2009Documentary performer: "Livin' in The Sunlight, Lovin' in The Moonlight", "The Aristocats"
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression2009Video documentary performer: "Maxim's" - uncredited
Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics2008TV Movie documentary performer: "Enjoy It!" - uncredited
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentary performer: "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" - uncredited
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical2008Video documentary performer: "Louise", "Just One of Those Things", "My Love Parade" - uncredited
Veronica Mars2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
EuroTrip2004performer: "Prosper"
Les Refrains de la mémoireTV Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode, 2002 performer - 1 episode, 2002
La chanson du maçon2002TV Movie lyrics: "La Chanson du Maçon"
Gilmore Girls2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Confession d'un dragueur2001performer: "Valentine"
La chance aux chansonsTV Series lyrics - 15 episodes, 1987 - 2000 performer - 1 episode, 1988
Wag the Dog1997performer: "Thank Heaven for Little Girls"
L'oeil de Vichy1993Documentary lyrics: "La Chanson du Maçon" / performer: "La Chanson du Maçon"
MGM: When the Lion Roars1992TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Wonder Years1990TV Series performer - 1 episode
19/201988TV Series performer - 1 episode
Story of Women1988lyrics: "La Chanson du Maçon" / performer: "La Chanson du Maçon"
The Blood of Others1984performer: "C'était écrit"
Le temps d'une paix1980-1981TV Series performer - 13 episodes
WKRP in Cincinnati1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
Nous les Artistes: Maurice Chevalier1979TV Movie documentary lyrics: "Notre Espoir" / performer: "Ah ! Si vous Connaissiez ma Poule"
The Cheap Detective1978performer: "Mimi" - uncredited
That's Entertainment, Part II1976Documentary performer: "I'm Going to Maxim's" 1907, "Girls, Girls, Girls" 1907, "I Remember It Well" 1958 - uncredited
Chantons sous l'occupation1976Documentary lyrics: "Notre Espoir" / performer: "Notre Espoir"
Hooray for Hollywood1975Documentary performer: "Louise"
The Benny Hill Show1975TV Series writer - 1 episode
Vive la France1974Documentary performer: "Paris je t'aime"
That's Entertainment!1974performer: "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" 1958 - uncredited
Le train1973performer: "Ça Fait D'Excellents Français"
Spéciale Maurice Chevalier1972TV Movie lyrics: "Notre Espoir", "Marche de Ménilmontant", "Folies Bergère", "La Polka des Barbus" / performer: "Notre Espoir", "Marche de Ménilmontant", "Folies Bergère", "Dites-moi ma Mère", "Pour bien Réussir", "Ah ! Si vous Connaissiez ma Poule", "Dans la Vie faut pas s'en Faire", "Un p'tit Air"
The AristoCats1970performer: "The Aristocats"
The Sorrow and the Pity1969Documentary lyrics: "Notre Espoir" - uncredited / performer: "Notre Espoir" - uncredited
Les Français écrivent aux Shadoks1969TV Series documentary short performer - 2 episodes
Un homme de trop1967lyrics: "La Chanson du Maçon" - uncredited / performer: "La Chanson du Maçon" - uncredited
Monkeys, Go Home!1967performer: "Joie De Vivre"
Le palmarès des chansons1966TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Bell Telephone Hour1964TV Series performer - 1 episode
Je connais une blonde1963TV Movie performer: "Dans la vie, faut pas s'en faire"
In Search of the Castaways1962performer: "Merci Beaucoup", "Grimpons!", "Enjoy It" - uncredited
Dans la vie faut pas s'en faire1962TV Movie documentary performer: "Ah ! Si vous Connaissiez ma Poule", "Valentine", "Dans la Vie faut pas s'en Faire"
Pepe1960performer: "Mimi", "September Song"
A Breath of Scandal1960performer: "A Breath of Scandal"
Can-Can1960performer: "Live and Let Live", "Live and Let Live" reprise, "Just One of Those Things", "Montmart'"
Gigi1958performer: "Thank Heaven for Little Girls", "It's a Bore", "I Remember It Well", "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore" - uncredited
The Jack Benny Program1957TV Series performer - 1 episode
Trente-Six Chansons1957TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Happy Road1957performer: "The Happy Road"
The 28th Annual Academy Awards1956TV Special performer: "Something's Gotta Give"
Trente-Six ChandellesTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1956 performer - 1 episode, 1956
Rendez-vous avec Maurice Chevalier n°21954Short lyrics: "La Chanson du Maçon" - uncredited / performer: "La Chanson du Maçon" uncredited, "Le Régiment des Mandolines" uncredited, "C'est si bon" uncredited, "Mon Petit Moustique"
Compositeurs et chansons de Paris1951Short lyrics: "Blondine" - uncredited
Le silence est d'or1947performer: "Pigalle"
Break the News1938performer: "We're Old Buddies"
L'homme du jour1937performer: "Y'a d'la joie", "Ma pomme", "Prosper"
Folies Bergère de Paris1935performer: "Valentine" 1925, "Rhythm of the Rain" 1935, "Au Revoir L'Amour" 1935, "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" 1935, "I Was Lucky" 1935, "Singing a Happy Song" 1935, "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You" 1932 uncredited
The Merry Widow1934performer: "Girls, Girls, Girls" 1905, "Maxim's" 1905, "The Merry Widow Waltz" 1905 - uncredited
Hollywood on Parade No. A-71933Short performer: "Louise"
Love Me Tonight1932performer: "That's the Song of Paree" 1932, "Isn't It Romantic?" 1932, "Mimi" 1932, "The Poor Apache" 1932, "Love Me Tonight" 1932 - uncredited
One Hour with You1932performer: "One Hour With You", "What Would You Do?", "Oh That Mitzi", "What a Little Thing Like a Wedding Can Do", "It Was Only a Dream Kiss"
Monkey Business1931performer: "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" 1930 - uncredited
The Smiling Lieutenant1931performer: "Toujours l'Amour in the Army" 1931, "While Hearts Are Singing" 1931, "Breakfast Table Love" 1931, "One More Hour of Love" 1931, "Ach Du Lieber Flausenthurm"
Playboy of Paris1930performer: "My Ideal"


Monkeys, Go Home!1967Father Sylvain
I'd Rather Be Rich1964Philip Dulaine
Panic Button1964Philippe Fontaine
A New Kind of Love1963Maurice Chevalier
In Search of the Castaways1962Jacques Paganel
Jessica1962Father Antonio
Black Tights1961Who introduces
Pepe1960Maurice Chevalier
A Breath of Scandal1960Prince Philip
Can-Can1960Paul Barriere
Count Your Blessings1959Duc de St. Cloud
Gigi1958Honoré Lachaille
Love in the Afternoon1957Claude Chavasse
My Seven Little Sins1954Comte André de Courvallon
Cento anni d'amore1954Massimo (segment "Amore 1954")
Le recensement1954TV MovieLui-même
Just Me1950Maurice Vallier dit 'Ma Pomme'
A Royal Affair1949The King
Le silence est d'or1947Emile Clément
Personal Column1939Robert Fleury
Break the News1938François Verrier
L'homme du jour1937Alfred Boulard / Himself
With a Smile1936Victor Larnois
The Beloved Vagabond1936Gaston de Nerac 'Paragot'
Le vagabond bien-aimé1936Gaston de Nerac
L'homme des Folies Bergère1935Eugene Charlier / Baron Cassini
Folies Bergère de Paris1935Eugene Charlier / Baron Fernand Cassini
La veuve joyeuse1935Prince Danilo
The Merry Widow1934Danilo
The Way to Love1933François
A Bedtime Story1933Monsieur Rene
L'amour guide1933François
Love Me Tonight1932Maurice
Make Me a Star1932Maurice Chevalier (uncredited)
Une heure près de toi1932Le docteur André Bertier
One Hour with You1932Dr. Andre Bertier
Monkey Business1931Singer (voice, uncredited)
The Smiling Lieutenant1931Lt. Nikolaus 'Niki' von Preyn
The Stolen Jools1931ShortMaurice Chevalier
Le petit café1931Albert Lorifian
Paramount en parade1930
Playboy of Paris1930Albert Loriflan
Galas de la Paramount1930Apache - Episode 'Origin of the Apache' / 'Park in Paris' / Finale
La grande mare1930Pierre Mirande
The Big Pond1930Pierre Mirande
The Love Parade1929Count Alfred Renard
Innocents of Paris1929Maurice Marney
L'affaire de la rue de Lourcine1923Lenglené
Par habitude1923Short
Jim Bougne, boxeur1923Maurice
Le mauvais garçon1923Le mauvais garçon
Gonzague1923Gonzague / Maurice
Le match Criqui-Ledoux1922Short
Une soirée mondaine1917Short
Le royaume nain de Lilliput contre Gigas le long, prince des géants1914Short
Une bougie récalcitrante1912Short
La valse renversante1912Short
Par habitude1911
Une mariée qui se fait attendre1911Short
Susceptible Youth1908Short
La valse1908Short


Maurice Chevalier's Paris1957TV Movie documentary
Le recensement1954TV Movie
Round the Film Studios1937TV Series narrative script - 2 episodes


Apropos Film1971TV Series documentaryHimself
Show-Report1970-1971TV Series documentaryHimself
The Irv Kupcinet Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970TV SeriesHimself
Probe im Folies Bergère1970TV Movie documentaryHimself
Paris aktuell1969TV Series documentaryHimself
Gala de l'union1963-1969TV SeriesHimself
Cinéastes de notre temps1969TV Series documentaryHimself
Treffpunkt Airport1968TV Series documentaryHimself
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards1968TV SpecialHimself
Sammy Davis Jr. in Europa1968TV SpecialHimself
A Visit with Maurice Chevalier1967TV MovieHimself
ABC Stage 671967TV SeriesHimself
Tilt1966TV SeriesHimself
Gala de l'Unicef1966TV SeriesHimself - Musician
Le palmarès des chansons1966TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Deb Star Ball1966TV MovieHimself
Maurice Chevalier1965TV MovieHimself
The Bell Telephone Hour1963-1965TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Singer
Grock - König hinter der Maske1965TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957-1965TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Singer / Himself - Special Guest
Issues and Answers1965TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1963-1965TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
The Red Skelton Hour1965TV SeriesHimself - Host / Narrator
La chance et l'amour1964Himself (segment "Les interviews-vérités")
The Hollywood Palace1964TV SeriesHimself - Host
The April in Paris Ball1963TV MovieHimself
Je connais une blonde1963TV MovieHimself
La grande farandole1963TV SeriesHimself
The World of Maurice Chevalier1963TV Special documentaryHimself
Au coeur de Paris1963TV MovieHimself
The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe1962TV MovieHimself - Host
Dans la vie faut pas s'en faire1962TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Royal Variety Performance 19611961TV MovieHimself
The Bing Crosby Show1961TV SeriesHimself
Au del1960TV SeriesHimself
The Revlon Revue1960TV SeriesHimself - Host
Person to Person1958-1960TV Series documentaryHimself
Cinépanorama1959TV Series documentaryHimself
Sunday Showcase1959TV SeriesHimself
Startime1959TV SeriesHimself
Premier Khrushchev in the USA1959DocumentaryHimself
The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams1959TV SeriesHimself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Honorary Oscar
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour1958TV SeriesHimself
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHimself - Performer
A Private Little Party for a Few Chums1957TV Movie documentaryHimself
Playhouse 901957TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1957TV SeriesHimself
Trente-Six Chandelles1955-1957TV SeriesHimself
The Heart of Show Business1957ShortHimself
The Jack Benny Program1957TV SeriesHimself
Maurice Chevalier's Paris1957TV Movie documentaryHimself
Max Liebman Presents: The Maurice Chevalier Show1956TV MovieHimself
The 28th Annual Academy Awards1956TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Presenter: Best Original Song
Max Liebman Spectaculars1955TV SeriesHimself
Zu Gast bei Margot Hielscher1955TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Café Continental1955TV SeriesHimself
Rendez-vous avec Maurice Chevalier n°21954ShortHimself - Host
La joie de vivre1954TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host
Champs Élysées1953Documentary shortHimself
Schlagerparade1953Himself - Singer
Le Chevalier de Ménilmontant1953Documentary shortHimself
Jouons le jeu1952Himself (segment 'L'avarice')
La nuit des étoiles1950ShortHimself
Round the Film Studios1937TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Hollywood on Parade No. B-61934ShortHimself
Hollywood on Parade No. A-131933ShortHimself
Hollywood: City of Celluloid1932Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 221930ShortHimself
Paramount on Parade1930Himself / Apache (Origin of the Apache) / Paris Park Gendarme (In a Park in Paris) / ...
Paramount op parade1930Himself
Hello New York!1928Himself

Archive Footage

L'occupation intime2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
L'Occupation sans relâche - Les artistes pendant la guerre2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nazi Collaborators2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Memòries de la tele2010TV SeriesHimself
The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics2008TV Movie documentaryJacques Paganel
Thank Heaven! The Making of 'Gigi'2008Video documentaryHimself
Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence2007segment "Épilogue"
Infrarouge2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Grock: King of Clowns2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Complicated Women2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Great Performances2003TV SeriesHimself
Les Refrains de la mémoire2002TV Series documentaryHimself
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special2001TV Movie documentary
Eddie Constantine: Cet homme est un sentimental...1999TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Real Las Vegas1996TV Series documentaryHimself
American Masters1990TV Series documentaryHimself
La chance aux chansons1988TV SeriesHimself
19/201988TV SeriesHimself
Going Hollywood: The '30s1984Documentary
Les nouveaux rendez-vous1980TV SeriesHimself
Nous les Artistes: Maurice Chevalier1979TV Movie documentaryHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1970-1978TV SeriesJacques Paganel / Father Sylvain
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
Ciné Follies1977Documentary
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieHimself
That's Entertainment, Part II1976DocumentaryClip from 'The Merry Widow' (1934)
Chantons sous l'occupation1976DocumentaryHimself
Hooray for Hollywood1975DocumentaryHimself
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television1975TV SpecialHimself
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals1974TV MovieHimself
That's Entertainment!1974Clip from 'Gigi'
The All Talking, All Singing, All Dancing Show1973TV MovieDanilo
Spéciale Maurice Chevalier1972TV MovieHimself
The Hollywood Palace1970TV SeriesHimself
The Sorrow and the Pity1969DocumentaryHimself - Denies Making Tour of Germany (uncredited)
Faces of Paris1968TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHimself
The Love Goddesses1965DocumentaryHimself
Highlight: The Singing Cinema1964
The Ed Sullivan Show1958-1963TV SeriesHimself / Singer / 1956 Duet / ...
The Twentieth Century1960TV Series documentaryHimself
Paris 19001947DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood on Parade No. A-71933ShortHimself
The House That Shadows Built1931Documentary


Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1651 Vine Street.
1959Honorary AwardAcademy Awards, USAFor his contributions to the world of entertainment for more than half a century.
1959Cecil B. DeMille AwardGolden Globes, USA

Nominated Awards

1971GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for ChildrenThe AristoCats (1970)
1962Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaFanny (1961)
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Musical PerformanceCan-Can (1960)
1959Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalGigi (1958)
1958Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalLove in the Afternoon (1957)
1930OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Big Pond (1930)
1930OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Love Parade (1929)

3rd Place Awards

1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Musical PerformanceIn Search of the Castaways (1962)
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Musical PerformanceGigi (1958)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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