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Irene Bordoni


b. 16 January 1895, Corsica, d. 19 March 1953, NY, USA. A vivacious celebrity and singer that has been referred to as ‘petite, fashionable, coquettish as well as the epitome of French au-la-la.’ After getting educated in Paris, Bordoni initial appeared over the France stage in 1907, and produced her Broadway debut five years later on within the revue Broadway To Paris (1912). After time for France to operate in Parisian revues, she was back again on Broadway in 1915, combined with the exciting Elsie Janis, within the short-lived (47 shows) Miss Details, ‘a little humor with just a little music’, which acquired a score created mainly by Jerome Kern and Janis herself. After getting involved in two of Raymond Hubbell’s Hitchy-Koo revues in 1917 and 1918, Bordoni became a member of ex-vaudeville comedian Sam Bernard, and performed four different assignments in WHEN YOU Had been (1920), ‘a superb revue’ predicated on Rip’s Parisian creation Plus Ça Transformation. This is the to begin three displays of hers which were made by her after that hubby E. Ray Goetz. In 1922 Bordoni presented George Gershwin and Pal De Sylva’s ‘Perform It Once again’ within the French Doll, and sang the risqué ‘Allow’s GET IT DONE (Allow’s Fall In Like)’ in Cole Porter’s initial hit present, Paris (1928). Among those two musicals, she made an appearance over the London stage in Avery Hopwood’s Small Miss Bluebeard. In 1938 neither Bordoni or co-stars Norma Terris, Helen Ford, and Tullio Carminati could save the operetta Great Female, though it acquired music by Frederick Loewe (pre- Alan Jay Lerner), but her Broadway swan-song, Irving Berlin’s Louisiana Buy (1940), together with William Gaxton, Vera Zorina, and Victor Moore, was a far greater prospect, and went for 444 shows. Bordini appeared within the film edition in 1942, having gone to Hollywood previously to film among her various other stage successes, Paris (1929), where she co-starred using the suave British melody and dance guy, Jack Buchanan. Within the same calendar year she sang ‘Simply ONE HOUR Of Like’ within the luxurious all-star film The Present Of Displays. The melody was among her many recordings, and she also acquired record strikes with ‘Therefore This Is Appreciate’ (1924) and ‘This Means Nothing at all To Me’ (1926). Throughout her profession, Bordoni also made an appearance in the nonmusical theatre, local productions, and vaudeville. Towards the finish of her lifestyle, she overran the part of Bloody Mary from Diosa Costello through the US street tour of South Pacific, which lay out in 1950 and went for pretty much five years.

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Full Name Irène Bordoni
Died March 19, 1953, United States of America
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality French, American
Spouse E. Ray Goetz, Edgar Becman
Music Songs Just an Hour of Love, Don't Look at Me That Way, Let's Misbehave, I Won't Say I Will, It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow
Movies The Show of Shows, Louisiana Purchase, Paris, Le traquenard, Du Barry Did All Right

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1 Popular Broadway star of the 1920s, most notably in Cole Porter's "Paris," a role she repeated on film in 1929. Well into her fifties, she made a successful stage comeback when she took over the unlikely role of "Bloody Mary" in the Broadway production of "South Pacific."



Musical Comedy Time 1951 TV Series Madame Bordelaise
Louisiana Purchase 1941 Madame Yvonne Bordelaise
Du Barry Did All Right 1937 Short Irene Wainwright (as Irene Bordoni)
Paris in New York 1936 Short Irene
The Show of Shows 1929 Performer in 'Just for One Hour of Love' Number
Paris 1929 Vivienne Rolland
Le traquenard 1915
Le secret du châtelain 1914 Short
Le club des élégants 1912 Short
Le miracle des fleurs 1912 Short Colombine
La légende des tulipes d'or 1912 Short
Pierrot aime les roses 1910 Short



Du Barry Did All Right 1937 Short performer: "Oh, You Louie", "He Didn't Understand My English", "Du Barry Didn't Do So Bad" - uncredited
Just a Gigolo 1932 Short performer: "Just a Gigolo"
The Show of Shows 1929 performer: "Just an Hour of Love" 1929 - uncredited



Just a Gigolo 1932 Short Herself

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Betty Boop: Queen of the Cartoons 1995 Documentary Herself

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