|Birthname||Maurice Auguste Chevalier|
|born on||12 September 1888 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )|
|Place||Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20|
|Timezone||LMT m2e20 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||19°42' 08°39 Asc. 10°24'|
French entertainer, an actor, singer and dancer who was elegant and insouciant in a career that spanned three quarters of a century. He first appeared in the Follies-Bergere in 1910. After 1930, he appeared in Hollywood films and was nominated for the Best Actor Oscars for his roles in "The Love Parade," 1929, and "The Big Pond." He was in the screen musical "Love Me Tonight," 1932.
Chevalier was determined to come out of the Paris slums where he was raised, to perform in show business. He made early attempts at vaudeville to become an acrobat, then went on to workman's cabarets and to greater success on the stage and screen. He first appeared on the Parisian music hall boards at age twelve, and was 21 when he hit it big, sharing the bill with the legendary Mistinguett, his idol and lover.
Chevalier spent a year in a WW I German prison camp, surviving a nervous breakdown, and remained strong when he was charged and acquitted of Nazi collaboration. The success of the singing boulevardier could not be hindered. He returned as a charmer in "Love in the Afternoon," 1957, and "Gigi," 1958, for which he received an Oscar. In 1949, he signed the Stockholm appeal against atomic weapons, a widespread petition instigated by Russian communists.
Edward Behr, the author of Chevalier's biography, says this is evidence of his total innocence in political matters. As to the belief that Chevalier had been overly sympathetic to the Vichy government during WW II, Behr dismissed these charges " as merely the natural desire for the performer to be seen and appreciated." He says he was completely indifferent as to the politics of his sponsors, and was politically naïve, interested only in professional survival. In the anti-Communist fervor, he was declared "persona non grata" in America, and was forbidden to perform in the country that had always welcomed him. Time resolved this issue, and during the following decade, his poise and charisma simply increased with age, a spry, jaunty, and appealing performer. This was followed by a long series of farewell appearances, reminding people to thank heaven for not only little girls.
He had sunny public persona, but fell into depressed and despairing moods in private. His first serious romance was with the enchanting Fre'hol, who was famous in Paris at the time. She ended her life as a pathetic pauper.
In 1968, Chevalier's autobiography was completed. He was worth over $4 million in property when he died of a heart attack following kidney surgery on 1 January 1972 in Paris.
- associate relationship with Bacon, Faith (born 19 July 1910)
- associate relationship with Bouillon, Jo (born 3 May 1908). Notes: Music collaborators
- associate relationship with Colbert, Claudette (born 13 September 1903). Notes: co-starring in "The Big Pond"
- associate relationship with Entertainment: Moulin Rouge (born 5 October 1889)
- associate relationship with MacDonald, Jeanette (born 18 June 1903). Notes: Co-stars in various musical films
- lover relationship with Fréhel (born 13 July 1891)
- lover relationship with Mistinguett (born 3 April 1875)
- lover relationship with Wing, Toby (born 14 July 1915)
- spouse relationship with Vallée, Yvonne (born 21 February 1899). Notes: 1927-1933
- (has as) worker relationship with Paquet, Félix (born 23 April 1906)
- Work : New Career 1901 (First appeared in music hall, age 12)
- Work : Gain social status 1910 (Debut in the Folies-Bergere)
- Work : Gain social status 1929 (Two Best Actor Oscar nominations)
- Family : Change residence 1929 (Moved to Hollywood to work)
- Work : New Career 1930 (First appeared on film)
- Work : Gain social status 1938 (Decorated a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor)
- Social : Secrets revealed 1949 (Signed the Stockholm appeal)
- Work : Prize 1958 (Oscar for "Gigi")
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1968 (Published autobiography)
Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate from the online Paris archives (20th arr., acte n° 3417). Marriage and death data in margin.
Same data in Gauquelin Vol. 5/171.
- Traits : Personality : Charismatic
- Traits : Personality : Gracious/ sociable (Jaunty, elegant)
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Terminal attack)
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Kidney (Requiring surgery)
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Kidney surgery)
- Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Rehab)
- Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression
- Diagnoses : Psychological : Nervous Breakdown (In concentration camp)
- Lifestyle : Financial : Invest/ Property
- Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
- Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
- Passions : Criminal Victim : Concentration camp (WW I prison camp)
- Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
- Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
- Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Vaudeville and Folies-Bergere dancer)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher (Pro)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
- Vocation : Military : POW/ MIA (WW I prisoner)
- Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
- Notable : Awards : Oscar (One Best Actor, plus two nominations)
- Notable : Awards : Other Awards (Chevalier of the Legion of Honor)
- Notable : Book Collection : American Book