So sad. The last remaining star of ‘Casablanca’ has passed away. Madeleine Lebeau, better known as Yvonne from the Oscar-winning 1942 movie, died aged 92 in Spain, her stepson has confirmed.
Just awful news. Madeleine Lebeau, the last remaining star from the Oscar-winning 1942 classic movie Casablanca passed away on May 1 at the age of 92 in Estepona, Spain after suffering a hip injury, her stepson told the Hollywood Reporter. Our condolences are with her family during this difficult time.
The French actress, who played Yvonne in the all-time great film and famously sang “Le Marseillaise,” was the only living star from the film still alive, it’s leads Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman died a long, long time ago. In the movie, you may recall she dated Rick, played by Humphrey!
But stunning Madeleine wasn’t just known for her role in Casablanca, she did appear in many more movies. She starred in Fellini’s 8 1/2, Gentleman Jim and in French movie Angélique, before retiring from the big screen in the 1960s after becoming disillusioned with acting.
Madeleine was born in 1923 near Paris, France and had an interesting early life. She had to flee the war-torn country with her husband Marcelo Dalio in 1940, according to report by the BBC. After stopping in Portugal, the pair then came to America to live.
However, with the complexities of moving across the world, Madeleine and Marcelo divorced in 1942. She later married screenwriter Tullio Pinelli, but he passed away in 2009. She was said to have been struggling with a broken thigh bone and sadly couldn’t recover.
It’s a real tragic loss for cinema, and sad that the last star of such a cult classic film has to go in such a tragic way. But she’s best remembered for her work on Casablanca as the jilted mistress, which we’ll just have to watch all over again now!
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