Charles Boyer


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French-born US actor who gained a reputation as the screen's ‘greatest lover’.

Before going to Hollywood in the thirties Boyer had established himself on the French stage and had made his film debut in L'Homme du large (1920). Early popular success in the USA came with Private Worlds (1935) and Mayerling (1936). His good looks, charm, and captivating French accent made him well suited to the leading romantic roles in which he was cast and he was soon a firm favourite with audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Dietrich in The Garden of Allah (1936) and Garbo in Maria Walewska (1937) were two of the many international stars opposite whom he played. Algiers (1938) was followed by such memorable films as All This and Heaven Too (1940) and Gaslight (1944). Notable, too, were Madame de… (1953), Maxime (1962), The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962), Barefoot in the Park (1968), and Stavisky (1974).

Stage appearances included ‘Don Juan in Hell’ from Shaw's Man and Superman (1951) and starring roles in many of the productions of Four Star Television, which he helped establish. For his work in founding the French Research Foundation, Los Angeles, he received a Special Academy Award in 1942.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Theatre.

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