Sunday, May 15, 2016

Madeleine LeBeau, R. I. P.

The Washington Post: Madeleine LeBeau, a French actress who fled Nazi-occupied Europe for Hollywood, where she made the best of a small role as the scorned girlfriend of Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine in “Casablanca,” died May 1 in Estepona, Spain. She was widely reported to be 92.  

Hat tip to John Duke.


Don Coffin said...

The Variety obit is very well done; for example, her husband (they were both refugees from the Nazis) (a) played Emil (the secondary bartender--Sasha being the primary bartender) in Casablanca and (b) filed for divorce during the filming. If her age is reported correctly, she was 18 when Casablanca was filmed.

Deb said...

According to the ever-reliable Buzzfeed News, she was the last surviving member of the Casablanca cast.