Madeleing LeBeau died in May. At ninety-two, she was the last surviving member of the cast of the 1942 film Casablanca.
LeBeau played Rick’s spurned girlfriend, Yvonne. She was just nineteen years old at the time.
LeBeau will always be remembered for Yvonne’s stirring response to the French national anthem, and her cry of “Vive la France” at the end of the song. For the time being, Rick had been pushed out of her mind.
What isn’t widely known is that Madeleine LeBeau’s tears in that scene were real.
LeBeau had just lived through a real life escape from the Nazis. She and her husband, actor Marcel Dalio, had fled Paris just hours before the invasion. They were both Jews.
Dalio’s face had been used in Nazi posters to identify Jewish-looking features.
Dalio was also in the cast of Casablanca. He played Emil the croupier in Rick’s illegal casino. (Colorized version) –
French Jews are frightened again, seventy-five years later. As are Bulgarians, and much of Europe.
At times like these, we need to reflect on the character Yvonne’s passionate singing of her national anthem.
We need to remember why Madeleine’s tears were real.
How cool would it have been to have a dad like Porter Ricks, to live at Coral Key Park, Florida–and best of all, to have a smart dolphin like Flipper as a pet?
The Family Channel showed Flipper reruns when our daughter Katy was little, around the late 1980s to early 1990s. We would tape it and watch it with Steve in the evenings, after he got home from work. It really was a great family show. The original series had eighty-eight episodes, running from 1964-1967.
The best part about old shows like Flipper was that they made kids feel like the world was a safe place, and that the grown-ups were in charge. No matter what troubles befell Sandy, Bud, and Flipper, they would always know that their dad would save the day. Continue reading Flipper – Original 1964-1967 TV Series→