Rabat - Madeleine LeBeau, the last surviving cast member of the 1942 film Casablanca, died in Spain at the age of 92.
Rabat – Madeleine LeBeau, the last surviving cast member of the 1942 film Casablanca, died in Spain at the age of 92.
The French actress, who played Yvonne, the jilted lover of Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine in the iconic World War II movie, died on May 1 from complications following a broken thigh bone, her stepson, filmmaker Carlo Alberto Pinelli, told the Hollywood Reporter.
“Lebeau was cremated, and her ashes will be brought to Italy sometime in the coming months to be placed in the family tomb,” Pinelli said.
In the 1942 Warner Brothers classic, LeBeau famously gets emotional inside a bar in the occupied city of Casablanca when the band starts playing “”La Marseillaise,” shouting “Viva la France!”
Born near Paris in 1923, LeBeau fled France with Dalio just days before the Nazis swept into Paris in 1940.
The film won three Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, and is frequently listed among the greatest movies ever made.
Directed by Michael Curtiz, Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama that tells the story of an American expatriate named Rick Blaine who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of World War II.
Last year, the BBC ranked Casablanca the 9th greatest American film of all time.