The Lovely Capucine

North to Alaska is on TV again and once more there is the lovely Capucine. For me, when I was growing up, she theĀ epitomizedĀ all that was French and all that one aspired to be in terms of looks and grace. Capucine was a Golden Globe-nominated French actress and fashion model best known for her role…

Disque Bleu Et La Vie En Rose

This is her signature tune. She co-wrote it with Marguerite Monnot, the composer. According to the story, it was published under someone else’s name only because he was licensed to publish and Piaf was not. For me, this the most perfect love song and it is ageless.

Nureyev, Fontaine and Falling in Love

In 1961, Rudolf Nureyev defected/leaped to the West, and on 21 February 1962 he and Fonteyn first appeared on stage together in a performance of Giselle. It was a great success; during the curtain calls Nureyev dropped to his knees and kissed Fonteyn’s hand, cementing an on-and-offstage partnership which lasted until her 1979 retirement.