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La Douce: A painter once lived here. Poor guy, he was starving.
Tried everything, even cut his ear off.
Patou: Van Gogh?
La Douce: No, I think his name was Schwartz.
la Douce is a 1956 French stage musical whose book and lyrics
were written by Alexandre Breffort with music by Marguerite
musical tells the story of an impoverished law student, Nestor le
Fripé, who falls in love with a prostitute, Irma la Douce,
and becomes her protector and dependent. Through jealousy of her
clients he disguises himself as a rich older man who visits and
pays Irma for conversation and becomes her only client. Nestor
becomes exhausted with working hard enough to make enough money
for Irma to support him and decides that the only way out of his
mess is to destroy his alter ego. When the older man disappears,
Nestor is convicted of murder and sent to Devil's Island but he
escapes and returns to Irma when he hears that she is pregnant.
He manages to prove his innocence of murder by briefly assuming
his disguise once more and all ends well.
was adapted by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond into a 1963 comedy
film directed by Wilder and featuring Jack Lemmon as Nestor,
Shirley MacLaine as Irma, Lou Jacobi and Grace Lee Whitney. The
story was altered to make Nestor a naive policeman who
unwittingly becomes a pimp only after being fired from his job
when he raids a house of prostitution and finds his superior
the film is not a musical, it won André Previn an Academy
Award for Original Music Score. There is also a scene in the film
in which Shirley MacLaine exclaims "Dis-donc!" whilst
dancing on a table and which appears to be a deliberate tribute
to the musical from which the film is derived.
film was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Shirley
MacLaine) and Best Cinematography, Color.
Starkloff Rombauer (30 October 1877 - 14 October 1962) was the
author of The Joy of Cooking. It is one of the world's
most-published cookbooks, having been in print continuously since
1936. She graduated from the all-girls preparatory school Mary
Institute in 1901 and later attended Washington University in St.
Louis. Rombauer privately published the The Joy of Cooking in
1931 in St. Louis, Missouri. It was illustrated by her daughter
Marion Rombauer Becker, also a graduate of Mary Institute (1931)
and at the time an art teacher at local private school John
Burroughs School. The Rombauers self-published early editions of
the book; it was picked up by a commercial printing house, the
Bobbs-Merrill Company, in 1936.
1998, Irma Rombauer was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
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