Sad news to report today: Actor Louis Jourdan has passed away at the age of 93.
I also especially enjoyed his film THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN (1954), and I have fond memories of a childhood viewing of the 1975 TV-movie THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, which Jourdan starred in with Richard Chamberlain, Trevor Howard, Donald Pleasence, and Tony Curtis. (Update: Here's a brand-new review of THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN.)
Other Jourdan films previously reviewed here are LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN (1948), THE HAPPY TIME (1952), THE SWAN (1956), and JULIE (1956). JULIE was recently shown at the Noir City Festival in San Francisco, and I'm hopeful it will also be on the schedule for Noir City Hollywood this April.
Additional notable Louis Jourdan films include THE PARADINE CASE (1947), MADAME BOVARY (1949), BIRD OF PARADISE (1951), ANNE OF THE INDIES (1951), THE V.I.P.s (1963), and OCTOPUSSY (1983). He also narrated the wonderful Billy Wilder comedy LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (1957).
Variety reports that a biography and documentary about Jourdan's life are in the works.
There is video on the web of the Ambassador of France honoring Louis Jourdan with the Légion d'Honneur in 2010. Jourdan looked wonderful! Such an elegant man. Kirk Douglas and Sidney Poitier were present to see their friend honored.
Louis Jourdan passed on at his home in Beverly Hills. I anticipate he will be buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park, where he and his wife Quique saved a plot alongside their son, who passed away in 1981. I photographed the marker on a visit early in 2014. Quique died last year, after I visited the cemetery.
Additional obituaries have been published by The Hollywood Reporter and People.
Update: Here is the obituary from the Los Angeles Times.
Update: Here is the TCM Remembers memorial video.