Saturday, May 14, 2016

RIP Madeleine Lebeau

French actress Madeleine Lebeau, who was the last surviving member of the film Casablanca, died on May 1st in Estepona, Costa del Sol, Spain. She was 92. Lebeau was born on June 10, 19213 in Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France. She was married to Marcel Dalio who also appeared in Casablanca and died in 1983. She then married Italian screenwriter Tullio Pinelli who died in 2009 at 100. Her stepson filmmaker Carlo Alberto Pinelli broke the news that she had died after suffering a broken thigh bone. During World War II Lebeau came to the U.S. and  appeared in such films as Hold Back the Dawn (1941) and Gentleman Jim (1942) with Errol Flynn. She returned to Europe after the war and appeared in such films as The Royalists (1947), Cage of Gold (1950), Sins of Madeleine (1951) and La Parisienne (1957). Her lone Euro-western was a Jennie Lee in Gunmen of the Rio Grande with Guy Madison.

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