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RUDY VALLEE

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Hubert Prior Vallée

Description: Vocalist, Actor, Bandleader, USA

Known For: In 1929, Vallee made his first feature film, “The Vagabond Lover” (RKO Radio).

Instruments: Vocals,Drums, Saxophone

Music Styles: Popular

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 28th July 1901
Location Born: Island Pond, United States of America

Date Died: 3rd July 1986
Location Died: North Hollywood

Memorial: He was interred in St. Hyacinth’s Cemetery, Westbrook, Maine.

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Rudy Vallée

Rudy Vallée (July 28, 1901 – July 3, 1986) was an American singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer. He was one of the first modern pop stars of the teen idol type.

Having played drums in his high school band, Vallee played clarinet and saxophone in various bands around New England in his youth. In 1917, he decided to enlist for World War I, but was discharged when the Navy authorities found out that he was only 15.

Vallee became the most prominent and, arguably, the first of a new style of popular singer, the crooner.

Rudy Vallée was born Hubert Prior Vallée in Island Pond, Vermont, the son of Charles Alphonse and Catherine Lynch Vallée. Both of his parents were born and raised in Vermont; however his grandparents were immigrants. The Vallées were francophone Canadians from neighboring Quebec, while the Lynches were from Ireland. Vallée grew up in Westbrook, Maine.

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Above: Rudy Vallée megaphone crafted in between shows at the New York Palace in May 1929

In 1917, he decided to enlist for World War I, but was discharged when the Navy authorities found out that he was only 15. He enlisted in Portland, Maine on March 29, 1917, under the false birthdate of July 28, 1899. He was discharged at the Naval Training Station, Newport, Rhode Island, on May 17, 1917 with 41 days of active service.

Previously, popular singers needed strong projecting voices to fill theaters in the days before the electric microphone. Crooners had soft voices that were well suited to the intimacy of the new medium of radio.

Vallee also became what was perhaps the first complete example of the 20th century mass media pop star.

Vallee’s recording career began in 1928 recording for Columbia Records’ cheap labels (Harmony, Velvet Tone, and Diva). He signed to Victor in February 1929 and remained through late 1931.

Along with his group, The Connecticut Yankees, Vallee’s best known popular recordings included: “The Stein Song” in the early part of the decade and “Vieni, Vieni” in the latter ’30s.

Acting

In 1929, Vallée made his first feature film, The Vagabond Lover for RKO Radio. His first films were made to cash in on his singing popularity. His initial performances were rather wooden, but his acting greatly improved in the late 1930s and 1940s, and by the time he began working with Preston Sturges in the 1940s he had become a successful comedic supporting player. He appeared opposite Claudette Colbert in the 1942 Preston Sturges screwball comedy The Palm Beach Story. Other films in which he appeared include I Remember Mama, Unfaithfully Yours and The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.

In 1955, Vallée was featured in Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, co-starring Jane Russell, Alan Young, and Jeanne Crain. The production was filmed on location in Paris. The film was based on the Anita Loos novel that was a sequel to her acclaimed Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Gentlemen Marry Brunettes was popular throughout Europe at the time and was released in France as A Paris Pour les Quatre (“Paris for the Four”), and in Belgium as Tevieren Te Parijs.

Vallée performed on Broadway as J.B. Biggley in the 1961 musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and reprised the role in the 1967 film version. He appeared in the campy 1960s Batman television show as the villain Lord Marmaduke Ffogg and in 1971 made a television appearance as a vindictive surgeon in the Night Gallery episode “Marmalade Wine.” He toured with a one-man theater show into the 1980s, occasionally opening for The Village People.

Personal life

Vallée was married briefly to actress Jane Greer, but that ended in divorce in 1944. His previous marriage to Leonie Cauchois was annulled and the one to Fay Webb ended in divorce. After divorcing Jane Greer, he married Eleanor Norris in 1946, who wrote a memoir, My Vagabond Lover. Their marriage lasted until his death in 1986.

Always loyal to Yale University, he never forgot his Maine roots, and maintained an estate at Kezar Lake in Maine.

Vallée died of cancer at his home in on July 3, 1986. He is interred in St. Hyacinth’s Cemetery in Westbrook, Maine.

Rudy Vallee died on July 3, 1986 at the age of 84.

Films include.

Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees (1929)
Radio Rhythm (1929)
Campus Sweethearts (1929)
The Vagabond Lover (1929)
Glorifying the American Girl (1929)
The Big Dog (1930)
Betty Co-Ed (1931)
Kitty from Kansas City (1931)
Musical Justice (1931)
Knowmore College (1932)
Rudy Vallee Melodies (1932)
The Musical Doctor (1932)
International House (1933)
George White’s Scandals (1934)
Poor Cinderella (1934)
A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio (1935)
Sweet Music (1935)
Paramount Headliner: Broadway Highlights No. 1 (1935)
Paramount Headliner: Broadway Highlights No. 2 (1935)
For Auld Lang Syne (1938)
Gold Diggers in Paris (1938)
Second Fiddle (1939)
Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle (1941)
Too Many Blondes (1941)
Time Out for Rhythm (1941)
Picture People No. 2: Hollywood Sports (1941)
Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood No. 6 (1942)
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Happy Go Lucky (1943)
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood in Uniform (1943)
Rudy Vallee and His Coast Guard Band (1944)
It’s In the Bag! (1945)
Man Alive (1945)
People Are Funny (1946)
The Fabulous Suzanne (1946)
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
So This Is New York (1948)
I Remember Mama (1948)
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
My Dear Secretary (1949)
Mother Is a Freshman (1949)
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)
Father Was a Fullback (1949)
The Admiral Was a Lady (1950)
Ricochet Romance (1954)
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955)
The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)
Silent Treatment (1968)
Live a Little, Love a Little (1968)
The Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968)
The Phynx (1970)
Slashed Dreams (1975)
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)

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