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  • Television in France was introduced in 1931, making the country one of the first countries in the world to broadcast television programmes.

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  • With processing of data carried out simultaneously with its production

  • In or into operation or existence

  • on-line: on a regular route of a railroad or bus or airline system; "on-line industries"

  • on-line: connected to a computer network or accessible by computer; "an on-line database"

  • While so connected or under computer control

  • Keep under careful or protective observation

  • a small portable timepiece

  • Look at or observe attentively, typically over a period of time

  • look attentively; "watch a basketball game"

  • a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty

  • Secretly follow or spy on

Georges Guétary

Georges Guétary

French postcard by Editions P.I., Paris, nr. 19. Photo: Studio Carlet Aine.

Suave singing star Georges Guetary (1915-1997) performed on the London and Broadway stages, but the light tenor achieved his greatest renown in France, where he had a musical career of nearly 60 years. To international cinema audiences he is best known as Gene Kelly's rival for the affections of Leslie Caron in An American in Paris.

Georges Guetary was born Lambros Worlou, to Greek parents in 1915 in Alexandria, Egypt. His uncle was the classical pianist Tasso Janopoulo, who was an accompanist to such violinists as Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin and Nathan Milstein. Through his influence Lambros went to Paris in 1934 and studied music and voice. Humming a sung in the office of a concert organizer while on an errand for his teacher, he was asked to audition, he recounted in his memoirs, and left with a one-night singing contract. He became the singer in the orchestra of Jo Bouillon. Not long after making this first stage appearance in 1937, his career took off when he was discovered by Henri Varna, director of the Casino de Paris and became there the singing partner of the music hall queen Mistinguett. The following year he made his first film appearance in the musical Quand le c?ur chante/When the Heart Sings (1938, Bernard Roland). In 1942 he changed his Greek name because German occupiers in wartime France were sending enemy nationals to concentration camps. When he worked in Toulouse as a Maitre d’Hotel he met the accordeonist Fredo Gardoni who engaged him as a singer and let him make his first record. Another important meeting was the one with Basque composer Francis Lopez in 1943. Lopez created the chansons Caballero and Robin des Bois for him, which became huge successes. During the liberation everybody was singing his song, A Honolulu (1945), also written by Lopez. That same year Georges Guetary also appeared in the film Le Cavalier noir/The Black Cavalier (1945, Gilles Grangier) in which he again interpreted many songs by Francis Lopez: Cavalier, Avec l'amour, La plus belle, and especially Chic a Chiquito, another enormous success. His next film, Les Aventures de Casanova/Loves of Casanova (1946, Jean Boyer), was another smash hit.

In 1947 Georges Guetary achieved acclaim on the London stage, when he was imported from Paris by the impresario C. B. Cochran to star with Lizbeth Webb in the operetta Bless the Bride at the Adelphi Theater. He played the role of a handsome French actor who elopes with a young English girl on the day she was to marry someone else. The bride is parted from her husband by the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 and believes him killed, but the lovers are reunited in time for the final curtain. Praise for his performance led to offers from Broadway. In 1950, he made his debut at the 46th Street Theater, starring with Nanette Fabray in Arms and the Girl, a musical set in the days of the American Revolution. Critic Brooks Atkinson wrote in The New York Times: “The part of her foreign-born suitor is played by Georges Guetary, who can act a character and sing a song with gusto, and make stage love in the Continental style, which has obvious advantages.” This success paved the road to Hollywood, where he appeared in his best known film, An American in Paris (1951, Vincente Minnelli), built around the music of George Gershwin. Guetary was the focus of attention in a spectacular scene in which he strutted up and down a majestic staircase singing I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise while flanked by willowy and scantily (but flamboyantly) clad showgirls; and he shared the spotlight with Gene Kelly in a rousing rendition of ‘S Wonderful.

In 1950 Georges Guetary returned to France and became a French citizen. In 1955, he married Jeanine Guyon, then the only female producer in French television. He starred in two enormously successful operettas by Francis Lopez, Pour Don Carlos (420 performances at the Theatre du Chatelet) and La Route fleurie/The Flowered Road (four years at the ABC theatre) with comedian Bourvil and Annie Cordy. Guetary starred in several more stage operettas, including Pacifico (1958), La Polka des lampions (1962), and Monsieur Carnaval (1965), with music by Charles Aznavour. In 1981, Francis Lopez again asked Georges Guetary for a new operetta, Aventure a Monte-Carlo, which had a honourable succes. After this the two created more operettas like L'Amour a Tahiti (1983), Carnaval aux Caraibes (1985) and Le Roi du Pacifique (1986), but they couldn’t repeat their successes of the 1950’s. Among Guetary’s most popular recordings were Bambino, Papa Aime Maman and La Samba Bresilienne. He appeared in French, Spanish and German films, including Pluma al viento/Plume au vent/Feather in the Wind (1952, Louis Cuny, Ramon Torrado), Le Baron Tzigane/The Gypsy Baron (1954, Arthur Maria Rabenalt) - an adaptation of the Strauss operetta Der Zigeunerbaron, and Le chemin

Sacha Distel

Sacha Distel

Dutch postcard by Uitg. Takken, Utrecht, nr. AX 5469, sent by mail in 1965.

French chanson singer, composer and entertainer Sacha Distel (1933-2004) had a string of hits in the 1960's and 1970's, like Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Scoubidou and La Belle Vie (The Good Life). 'Monsieur charme' was also well known because of his much publicized affair with Brigitte Bardot. Considered a heart-throb around the world, he also appeared in a number of French films and television programmes.

Sacha Distel was born Sacha Alexandre in Paris in 1933. His father, Leo Distel, was a White Russian soldier who fled the Bolshevik revolution in 1917 and walked all the way to Paris. He established himself in an engineering firm, and married Andree Ventura, a talented pianist and sister of Ray Ventura, who, with his group Les Collegiens, was one of the top bandleaders in France before the second world war. At age 16, Sacha became a professional jazz guitarist. Over his career he worked alongside Juliette Greco, Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie. He appeared as a musician in the film Femmes de Paris/Women of Paris (1953, Jean Boyer). A shortlived romance with Brigitte Bardot in 1958 put his photograph on the cover of every French fan magazine, and shortly afterwards he began his career as a vocalist. One of his first singles was a tribute to Bardot, entitled Brigitte A Jamais. It was the French version of an American hit, Scoubidou, in 1959, that catapulted Distel to the top. He starred in the film Les Mordus/The Fanatics (1960, Rene Jolivet), and had cameos appearances in Zazie dans le metro (1960, Louis Malle) and Goodbye Again (1961, Anatole Litvak). In 1963, he married the alpine ski champion Francine Breaud, and the following year composed and recorded one of his greatest successes, La Belle Vie. At first only the B-side of a single, it was taken up by Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett as The Good Life. It became Distel's signature tune. He appeared in more films, including La bonne soupe/Careless Love (1964, Robert Thomas) starring Annie Girardot and Franchot Tone. On French television, he had his own variety show, the Sacha Show. In 1967, he recorded Stevie Wonder's You Are The Sunshine with Brigitte Bardot, as Le Soleil De Ma Vie.

During the 1970’s, Sacha Distel became also popular outside France. With his boyish grin and courteous charm he appealed not only across the generations but to audiences in Britain and America. He scored a megahit in Engeland, with a cover of Burt Bacharach's Raindrops keep falling on my head (1971), in duet with Petula Clark. He appeared in another film, Sans mobile apparent/Without Apparent Motive (1971, Philippe Labro) with Jean-Louis Trintignant and Dominique Sanda. He also hosted the Miss World contest in London, and in 1980, in honour of Queen Elizabeth, Distel performed at Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen Mother's 80th birthday. Later he appeared in the Paris episode of the tv-series Absolutely Fabulous, where he confuses Daphne Selfe with Patsy. In the 1980’s he returned to his first love, the guitar, and recorded Ma Premiere Guitare, and, in 1983, Ma Guitare And All That Jazz. Distel remained reasonably popular in France in the 1980’s and 1990’s, including a new show named after his song La Belle Vie. In 1997 he was honoured with the Legion d'Honneur. In 2000, he made his British theatre debut as the crooked lawyer Billy Flynn in the West End production of the Bob Fosse musical Chicago. He did have an ambition to make a musical about the life of Maurice Chevalier, but this remained unfulfilled at the time of his death. Sacha Distel died in 2004, aged 71, after a long illness, in Rayol-Canadel, south-east France. He had two sons, Julien Distel and Laurent Distel.

Sources: Wikipedia, Patrick O'Connor (The Guardian), AbsoluteFacts.nl, and IMDb.

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