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Profile of Fifi D'Orsay on Famous Like Me

Name: Fifi D'Orsay  
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Date of Birth: 16th April 1904
Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada
Profession: Actress
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Fifi D'Orsay (born April 16, 1904; died December 2, 1983) was an actress. Born Marie-Rose Angelina Yvonne Lussier in Montreal, Quebec, as a young girl, filled with the desire to become an actress, she went to New York City. There, she found work in The Greenwich Village Follies after an audition in which she sang the song "Yes! We Have No Bananas" in French. In a burst of creativity, she told the play's director she was from Paris, France where she had worked in the Follies Bèrgere. The show's impressed director hired her, billing her as "Mademoiselle Fifi".

Fifi D'Orsay

While working in the show, she became involved with Ed Gallagher, a veteran actor who joined her in putting together a vaudeville act. After working with Gallagher and others in music halls for a few years, she headed west to Hollywood, California. There, she added the Paris name "D'Orsay" to the "Fifi" and began a career in movies, often cast as the naughty French girl from "Gay Paris."

While never a superstar, she worked hard at her craft headlining with the likes of Bing Crosby, and Buster Crabbe. For years, she kept alternating her appearances in film with continued performances in vaudeville and when age put an end to the glamour roles, she readily took jobs in television. At the age of sixty-seven, she appeared back on stage in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, Follies.

Fifi D'Orsay passed away from cancer at the age of 79 in Woodland Hills, California and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Partial filmography

  • Assignment to Kill - (1968)
  • The Art of Love - (1965)
  • What a Way to Go! - (1964)
  • Wild And Wonderful - (1964)
  • The Gangster - (1947)
  • Dixie Jamboree - (1945)
  • Delinquent Daughters - (1944)
  • Nabonga - (1944)
  • Submarine Base - (1943)
  • Three Legionnaires - (1937)
  • Wonder Bar - (1934)
  • The Life of Jimmy Dolan - (1933)
  • They Just Had to Get Married - (1933)
  • Going Hollywood - (1933)
  • The Girl From Calgary - (1932)
  • Mr. Lemon of Orange - (1931)
  • Young as You Feel - (1931)
  • The Stolen Jools - (1931)
  • Women of All Nations - (1931)
  • On the Level - (1930)
  • Those Three French Girls - (1930)
  • Hot for Paris - (1930)
  • Women Everywhere - (1930)
  • They Had to See Paris - (1929)

See also: Other Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood

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