Hollywood has lost another legend; a last tie to one of the most iconic movies to ever come out of Tinseltown. Having escaped Adolph Hitler’s purge just a few years before her masterful role, she, herself, was a woman in distress.
According to reports, Madeleine Lebeau, the luminous French actress who played Yvonne, the jilted lover of Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine who wells up during the patriotic singing of “La Marseillaise” in the immortal film Casablanca, has died. She was 92.
Lebeau, who later portrayed an actress named Madeleine in another classic, Federico Fellini’s8 1/2 (1963), died May 1 in Estepona, Spain after breaking her thigh bone, her stepson, documentary filmmaker and environmentalist Carlo Alberto Pinelli, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Lebeau is widely believed to be the last surviving castmember from Casablanca. Not too long before making the film, she herself had escaped Nazi-occupied France with her then-husband, actor Marcel Dalio.
After Joy Page died in April 2008, LeBeau was believed the last surviving credited cast member of Casablanca.