Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born in Paris, the charming "Man in the Straw Hat" left school at age ten to be apprenticed to an engraver, became a cafe singer in 1901, and by 1909 had his big break performing at the Folies Bergère with the celebrated Mistinguett. In addition to his stage work, Chevalier began appearing in short films by 1908, and the IMDb even credits him in two 1911 Max Linder shorts. In late 1913 he began compulsory military service and wound up held as a Prisoner of War by the Germans for 26 months during the Great War. He learned English while a POW and debuted in London in 1919. He had a hit as the lead in the operetta Dédé, and busied himself in French films throughout 1923. Hollywood beckoned in 1928 when Chevalier signed with Paramount and made his English-language film debut in Innocents of Paris (1928). He was twice nominated as Best Actor at the 1930 Academy Awards for his performances in The Love Parade (1929) with Jeanette MacDonald and The Big Pond (1930). While at Paramount, Chevalier appeared in two more with MacDonald, One Hour With You (1932) and the classic Love Me Tonight (1932), as well as The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) with Miriam Hopkins and Claudette Colbert. He teamed with MacDonald again at MGM in the remake of The Merry Widow (1934) before leaving the studio after a dispute over billing. Back in France he returned to the music halls and appeared in the occasional film. Remaining on the continent throughout World War II, Chevalier was accused of being a Nazi collaborator, but later cleared of those charges. The Red Scare kept him out of America in 1951, when he was denied his visa because he had signed the Stockholm Appeal. Welcomed back in 1954, Chevalier soon returned to films in Love in the Afternoon (1957) and then Gigi (1958), after which he was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1959. After a few movies in the early sixties Chevalier's final film appearance came in Disney's Monkeys, Go Home! (1967), and he wrapped up his career singing the theme song for The Aristocats (1970), also for Disney.
Birthday: September 12