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Madeleine LeBeau
Born Marie Madeleine Berthe Lebeau
10 June 1923 (1923-06-10) (age 86)
Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Occupation Actress
Years active 1939—1970
Spouse(s) Tullio Pinelli (1988-2009)
Marcel Dalio (1938-1942)

Madeleine LeBeau (born either Marie Madeleine Berthe Lebeau on 10 June 1923 in Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France[1] or as Marie Therese Ernestine on 22 February 1921 in Bourg-la-Reine, France) is a French actress.

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Early life

LeBeau married actor Marcel Dalio in 1938 (his second marriage). They had met while performing a play together. In 1939 she appeared in her first movie, the melodrama Jeunes filles en détresse (Girls in Distress).

In June 1940, LeBeau and the Jewish Dalio fled Paris ahead of the invading German army and reached Lisbon. It took them two months to obtain visas to Chile. However, when their ship stopped in Mexico, they were stranded (along with around 200 other passengers) when the visas they had purchased turned out to be forgeries. Eventually, they were able to get temporary Canadian passports and entered the United States.

Lebeau made her Hollywood debut in Olivia de Havilland's Hold Back the Dawn (1941). The following year, she received a good role in the Errol Flynn movie Gentleman Jim, a biography of famed Irish-American boxer James J. Corbett.

Casablanca

Later that year she received the role of Yvonne, Rick’s jilted mistress, in Casablanca. Warner Bros. signed her to a $100-a-week contract for 26 weeks to be in a number of films. On June 22, while she was filming her scenes in Casablanca, her husband Marcel Dalio (who played Emil the croupier in the film) filed for divorce in Los Angeles on the grounds of desertion. Shortly before the release of the movie, Warner Bros. terminated her contract. Since the death of Joy Page in April 2008, she is the last surviving credited cast member of Casablanca (1942).

After Casablanca

After Casablanca, she appeared in two more American films. The first was a large role in the war drama Paris After Dark in 1943 with her former husband. The following year, LeBeau had a smaller role in Music for Millions.

After the end of World War II, LeBeau returned to France and continued her acting career. In 1947, she appeared in Les Chouans (The Royalists). In 1950, LeBeau traveled to Great Britain to appear in a movie with Jean Simmons, Cage of Gold.

She would appear in 20 more movies, mainly French, including Brigitte Bardot's Une Parisienne (1957), and Federico Fellini's (Otto e mezzo, 1963). LeBeau's last two movies were Spanish productions in 1965. She married award-winning Italian screenwriter Tullio Pinelli in 1988.

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