Tribute: Louis Jourdan

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Copyright MGM/UA 1983
Copyright MGM/UA 1983

We mourn the loss of French movie star Louis Jourdan, who has died at age 93. Best remembered as the handsome, elegant, bored Gaston who lost his heart to Gigi (Leslie Caron), he appeared in a variety of roles opposite leading ladies from Elizabeth Taylor (“The VIPS”) to Grace Kelly (“The Swan”), Shirley MacLaine (“Can-Can”), and Doris Day “Julie.” Adam Bernstein’s astute obituary for the Washington Post noted that Jourdan was not happy playing the all-purpose European romantic lead, and especially enjoyed his chance to be a Bond villain in “Octopussy.” May his memory be a blessing.

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