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Octopussy and Gigi star Louis Jourdan dies, aged 93

15 February 2015 1:20 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Louis Jourdan has died, aged 93.

The French actor passed away in his Beverly Hills home on Saturday (February 14), according to widely-published media reports.

Jourdan is known for his role in the 1958 musical Gigi, as well as his role as villain Kamal in the James Bond outing Octopussy.

"He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors," friend and biographer Olivier Minne told Variety. Minne was creating a documentary about the star.

The actor made his Hollywood debut in Alfred Hitchcock's 1947 thriller The Paradine Case, before going on to appear in films such as Bird of Paradise, Madame Bovary and Julie.

He also had a successful Broadway and television career, starring in The Immoralist on the stage, and ABC's 1950s television series Paris Precinct.

Louis's wife of over 60 years, Berthe Frederique Jourdan, died in 2014, while his »

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Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

15 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.

“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.

In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said, »

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Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

15 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.

“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.

In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said, »

- Carmel Dagan

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