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Monday, February 16, 2015

Remembering Louis Jourdan 1921 - 2015

French actor Louis Jourdan, who died Saturday at age 93, received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance in Gigi (1958). Other film credits include Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case (1947), Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948), The Happy Time (1952), Three Coins in the Fountain (1954), Julie (1956), The Swan (1956), The Best of Everything (1959), Can-Can (1960), The V.I.P.s (1963), Made in Paris (1966), A Flea in Her Ear (1968), Silver Bears (1978), Swamp Thing (1982), Octopussy (1983), The Return of Swamp Thing (1989) and Year of the Comet (1992).

He also starred as a Paris detective in the 1955 ABC series, Paris Precinct, and he was the original male lead (opposite Barbara Harris) during the pre-Broadway tryout of the 1965 musical, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Mr. Jourdan's life and career.

What's My Line? on December 5, 1954

Julie (1956) with Doris Day

Gigi (1958)

The Judy Garland Show on February 2, 1964

Made in Paris (1966) with Ann-Margret


joel65913 said...

A good long life but as with Lizabeth Scott last month it's sad to see these connections to Old Hollywood disappear.

I didn't know that about his connection to On a Clear Day, if only he had been cast in the Streisand film version instead of that dull lump Montand!!

I just saw Julie a few months ago. It was the last of Doris Day's films I had left before I had seen her entire filmography. What a way to finish up! Although I enjoyed it in a train wreck sort of way it was absurd to the nth degree.

Christoph said...

Strangely, my mother and I were just discussing him last week after seeing Gigi onstage in its pre-Broadway tour. It is truly sad to see so many of the old Hollywood stars passing. Also, when reading one of his memorials, I did not realize that Jourdan was a member of the French underground during WW2.