Friday, October 7, 2016

Spaghetti Western Trivia ~ From Casablanca to the Rio Grande

One of Madeleine Lebeau’s [1923-2016] earliest film roles was as Yvonne in “Casablanca.” [1942]. She played the girlfriend of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart). At least she was his girlfriend until Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) showed up at his nightclub. In real life, Lebeau and her husband, actor Marcel Dalio [1900-1983] were forced to flee the Germans in WWII, eventually winding up in the U.S. She went on to appear in more than 30 films. "Gumen of the Rio Grande" was her lone Spaghetti outing.

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