Even though he was acquitted by a French convened court, the English-speaking press remained hostile and he was refused a visa for several years.
In his own country, however, he was still popular. In , he split from Nita Raya and started writing his memoirs, which took many years to complete. In , he had already participated in a Communist demonstration in Paris. He was therefore even less popular in the U. In , he performed in Stockholm in a Communist benefit against nuclear arms.
Also in , Chevalier was the subject of the first official roast at the New York Friars' Club , although celebrities had been informally "roasted" at banquets since In , he bought a large property in Marnes-la-Coquette , near Paris, and named it La Louque,  as a homage to his mother's nickname.
He started a relationship in with Janie Michels, a young divorcee with three children. His first full American tour was in , with Vic Schoen as arranger and musical director. In the early s, he toured the United States and between and made eight films, including Can-Can with Frank Sinatra. In , at age 77, he made another world tour. In a wartime short film near the end of the film's second part, he explained his disappearance during World War II see the "World War II" section in this entry , as rumors of his death lingered at that time, and emphatically denied any collaboration with the Nazis.
His theme song, "Sweepin' the Clouds Away," from the film Paramount on Parade , was one of its theme songs and was played in the end credits of the film's second part. In , two years after his retirement, songwriters Richard M. Sherman convinced him to sing the title song of the Disney film The Aristocats , which ended up being his final contribution to the film industry. Chevalier suffered from bouts of depression throughout his adult life.
On March 7, , he attempted suicide by overdosing on barbiturates. Rushed to the hospital, Chevalier was saved but suffered liver and kidney damage as a result of the drug. In the following months, he suffered memory lapses, chronic tiredness, and spent much of his time alone. On December 12, he fell ill and was taken to Paris's Necker Hospital and placed on dialysis. By December 30, doctors announced his kidneys were no longer responding to dialysis. Too frail for a transplant, he underwent surgery as a last-ditch effort to save his life.
It was unsuccessful; Chevalier died from a cardiac arrest following kidney surgery on New Year's Day , aged Maurice Chevalier et Mistinguett, couple d'artistes. Extrait du faire-part de mariage de Maurice Chevalier. Maurice Chevalier en Avec sa marionnette en Dans la vie faut pas s'en faire , Paris, Omnibus, , p.
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En , il change de studios et signe avec la Metro Goldwyn Mayer. En fait, il ne mit jamais les pieds en Afrique du Nord durant la guerre. Mais en septembre, il est de retour au Casino de Paris pour son nouveau spectacle, "Pour toi Paris".
En , il fournit une nouvelle cachette et de faux papiers aux parents de sa compagne. Et ta vieille? Leur relation prend officiellement fin [ ]. Il tente un jour de se suicider. Il demande dix pour cent de la recette brute et quatre mille francs par jour de garantie. On leur octroie la meilleure chambre du bateau, garnie de fleurs et de lettres.
Je rentre dans du beurre [ ]! Il partagera l'affiche avec la jeune Jeanette MacDonald [ ]. Et de la Marseillaise. Et encore de la Marseillaise [ ]! Les places se vendront trois cents francs chacune. Il gardera un bon souvenir de cette rencontre [ ]. Le tournage du film se fera dans les studios de Long Island. Chevalier fought as an infantryman in the French army during World War I and was taken prisoner by the Germans in , spending two years in a POW camp. After the war he returned to the entertainment field, and eventually tried his luck in Hollywood.
He made his first American movie in , The Love Parade The film was a success, and Chevalier made more successful films with directors like Ernst Lubitsch The Merry Widow He retired from films in , his last few roles being mainly friendly patriarchs. Sign In. Edit Maurice Chevalier. Showing all 40 items. Chevalier was an infantryman in the French army during World War I and was captured by German troops in In , the U. 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.
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