In this Set. 14, 1952 file photo, actor Louis Jourdan sits with actress Anne Vernon, left, and his wife Berthe Fredrique on the beach at Lido isle in Venice, Italy. (AP Photo/Walter Attanni, File)
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Louis Jourdan, the dashingly handsome Frenchman who starred in "Gigi," "Can-Can," "Three Coins in the Fountain" and other American movies, has died.Jourdan's film career reached a peak in 1957 with the Alan Jay Lerner-Frederick Loewe musical, "Gigi," which won nine Academy Awards, including best picture. At first, Jourdan protested that he couldn't sing and wasn't right for the role as the Parisian seeking young Gigi (Leslie Caron) as a mistress.His first Hollywood movie was "The Paradine Case," directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Gregory Peck. He never made another film for Selznick, who profited from lending the French actor to other studios.His later films included "The V.I.P's," "A Flea in Her Ear," "The Count of Monte Cristo," "Swamp Thing," "Octopussy," "The Return of Swamp Thing" and "The Year of the Comet". He also appeared in TV series and miniseries. In 1985 he toured in a stage version of "Gigi," playing the Chevalier role.
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