MAURICE CHEVALIER - AUTOGRAPH NOTE ON PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED 05/22/1959 - HFSID 309875
Sale Price $234.00
His handwritten letter on a postcard showing his home, "La Louque", in Marne-la-Coquette, France.
Autograph Letter signed: "Maurice/Chevalier", in blue ink, 2p (front and verso), b/w 5½x4. Accompanied by an envelope, postmarked Paris, France, May 19, 1959, addressed in his hand to "Barbara Norton/Public Relations/Sheraton Park Hotel/Washington, D.C./USA". To "Dear Barbara", in full: "I have not made one dollar on those two shows in Washington, and still I have never been professionally as proud. This is simply to say that money is not everything. See? Most cordially". Postcard bears a printed photo of "La Louque", Chevalier's home in the Paris suburb of Marne-la-Coquette. Legendary French entertainer Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972), was nominated for Best Actor Academy Awards in 1929 and 1930 for The Big Pond and The Love Parade. He won an Honorary Oscar in 1958 "for his contributions to the world of entertainment for more than half a century". Over his long career, Chevalier appeared in a number of feature films, including The Merry Widow (1934), Folies Bergère de Paris (1935), Gigi (1958), Pepe (1960), Can-Can (1960), Fanny (1961), In Search of the Castaways (1962) and I'd Rather Be Rich (1964). Chevalier was also a singer. Known as "the French Al Jolson", he often sang in his movies. Classic Chevalier songs include movie songs "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" from Big Pond (1930), "Mimi" and "Isn't It Romantic" from Love Me Tonight (1932) and "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and "I Remember It Well" from Gigi (1958)." In 1952, Chevalier bought a large estate in Marne-la-Coquette, near Paris (a town enjoying the highest household income of any French community), naming it after his mother. Fold through post card. Adhesive residue on verso of postcard. Envelope moisture damaged. Otherwise, fine condition.
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