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May 15 2016
Madeleine Lebeau, Last Surviving CASABLANCA Actor, Dies @ 92 Comments (0)

Casablanca-Lebeau-Vive-la-FranceMadeleine Lebeau: June 10, 1923-May 1, 2016 (Film still via Warner Bros.)

Madeleine Lebeau, a French actress whose claim to fame was playing the ex-lover of Humphrey Bogart's Rick in Casablanca (1942), has died at 92. following a fall.

With her death, there are now no remaining cast members from the iconic film.

Lebeau was no mere extra in the film—her Yvonne stands and shouts, “Viva la France!” during the singing of “La Marseillaise,” one of its most stirring scenes.

A real-life refugee who escaped the Nazis shortly before the film was made, Lebeau was married to Marcel Dalio (1900-1983), who played Emil, a croupier at Rick's, in Casablanca. She later married Tullio Pinelli (1908-2009), a prolific writer who wrote La Strada (1954) and La Dolce Vita (1960).

Busy in the '50s, Lebeau retired from acting 46 years before her death.

The last surviving major player of Casablanca was Paul Henreid—who died nearly 25 years ago.

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