Sunday, 01 August 2004
Star Lovers Long Ago & Far Away
CREDIT: © James R. Lowe/Dumboozle.com
WHERE: early twentieth century Paris. WHAT: French music hall
Thumbnail pops-up larger image from source web site.
To round out our recent coverage of English music hall (Marie Lloyd) and American vaudeville (Sally Rand) into a trilogy, today we feature two stars of the French music hall. The thumbnail picture shows Mistinguette (1875-1956) and Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972), who performed together as a duo at the Folies-Bergère [a French language site, included for the Visite Virtuel] in Paris, and were long time lovers. We are once again indebted to James R. Lowe at Dumboozle.com (The Popular Culture Excavation Site) for both the image and his web page on Mistinguette. For information about Chevalier we consulted the Maurice Chevalier web site.
NB: the Visite Virtuelle Java applet may not render correctly in some browsers. If this is the case, click in the bottom right hand area of the window, to load the menu with four location selections within the Folies-Bergère club.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)