New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1965. Used; Like New/Used; Like New. Autobiography of the pioneering African-American dancer, singer, and actor, signed and inscribed on the front end paper to fellow entertainer Maurice Chevalier: "To Maurice / With respect and admiration." The memoir chronicles Davis Jr.'s rise to fame, overcoming the obstacles of racism and the loss of one eye, and ends shortly after his marriage to Swedish-born actress May Britt and the birth of their daughter Tracey. 630 pp. 24 pp. of photographs. Grey cloth; decorative front board with silver silhouette of Davis Jr. Without dust jacket. Slightly faded at the edges of the binding, a small split to the gutter and light edge wear; overall in fine condition.Â TheÂ French actor,Â cabaret singerÂ and entertainerÂ Maurice ChevalierÂ is perhaps best known for his signature songs, including "Louise", "Mimi", "Valentine", and "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and for his films, includingÂ The Love ParadeÂ andÂ The Big Pond. His trademark attire was aÂ boater hat, which he always wore on stage with aÂ tuxedo.Â In 1958, he starred with Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan in Gigi and in the early 1960s, he made eight films, includingÂ Can-CanÂ in 1960 andÂ FannyÂ the following year. Â The success ofÂ GigiÂ prompted Hollywood to give him anÂ Academy Honorary AwardÂ that year for achievements in entertainment.Â
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