With Love: Maurice Chevailier (Hardcover
With Love: Maurice Chevailier (Hardcover

With Love: Maurice Chevailier (Hardcover

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First edition, with dust jacket.
From Kirkus Reviews, 1960: " This autobiography by the 70-plus M. Chevalier is as Gallic as his accent, as open as his face and smile, and as Parisian as his well known figure. It is written -- with love for life, and takes him from his 8th year when he learned that to love is to live, to the acclaim awarded his recent Gigi. His wild dream of being an equal of Mistinguette in 1902, when he was thirteen and already performing, in clown makeup, in the cheap cafes and dingy music halls, took him, through the demimonde world of entertainment, from a world of shabby poverty to the beginnings of a career in the provinces. Starring with her at the Folies Bergere developed into an affaire that lasted through his army service and World War I when he was a prisoner of war (and learned to speak English). His appearance in England with Elsie Janis proved he was not dependent on Mistinguette but was her professional rival, and that love had vanished. Simone and overwork led him to Yvonne -- and, because of her attentive helpfulness during his collapse, marriage. But the loss of their baby, Yvonne's growing incompatibility, Hollywood and all those pictures -- led to divorce. Next was Nita whose Jewish family kept him out of Paris during the next war and earned him the reputation of being a collaborator, a reputation which was reversed later. The success of his one man show, the issues young Francoise presented, and then Nicole... -- Oh, his career --that's here too. Not a name dropping inventory (though there are many famous ones throughout) this is a wandering minstrel's friendly, frank recall of life, profession -- and people."
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00EJXGVBQ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown & Company; First Edition (January 1, 1960)
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.01 pounds

This is a used book with ordinary shelf wear but no visible markings or damage, save for a small missing piece of the dust jacket (spine, upper-left corner).