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Nicole Croisille

b. c.1931.This all-round showbusiness entertainer was known in France variously as Georges Reich’s dancing partner, a comedy actress with Le Theatre Nationale De Paris (notably as lead within the long-running Loin De Rueil), a mime artist using the noted Marcel Marceau – so when a chanteuse signed to Fontana and, later, AZ. However, she worked well principally in THE UNITED STATES where, throughout a month’s cabaret residency at Chicago’s Playboy Golf club, she was identified by critics to be in an identical league, artistically otherwise commercially, to Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. Though her part in Claude Lelouch’s engine racing saga El Homme Et Une Femme was moderate, she attracted see for the bossa-nova name track, ‘Samba Saravah’ along with other duets with Pierre Barouh. Made up by Francis Lai, this is the very first French film soundtrack recording to market a million copies – mainly over almost a year in america graph. The film itself received Grand Reward at 1966’s Cannes Film Event, and arranged the seal on Croisille’s worldwide status as an all-round entertainer.

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