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Fifi D’Orsay


B: April 16, 1904 in Montréal, Québec
D: December 2, 1983 in Woodland Hills, California

Fifi D’Orsay started out in life as Marie-Rose Angelina Yvonne Lussier. One of 12 children of a postal clerk, she dreamed of being an actress when she grew up. Educated in a convent, the young Marie-Rose Lussier landed work as a typist in her hometown of Montreal but a chance encounter with the singer Helen Morgan would change her life and make her childhood dreams come true. Morgan, who once sang in Chicago nightclubs and appeared on Broadway in the first production of Show Boat in 1927, was on tour with a stop in Montreal. Their meeting provided the inspiration the starry-eyed Lussier needed. Whether she knew of the hard work that lay ahead or was simply mesmerized by a perception of a life of travel and glamour, the girl who would become Fifi D’Orsay set out for New York.

Also see: A biography of Fifi D’Orsay.

The photo of Fifi D’Orsay was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

They Had to See Paris (1929)
Hot for Paris (1929)

Those Three French Girls (1930)
On the Level (1930)
Women Everywhere (1930)
Young As You Feel (1931)
Just Imagine (1931)
Women of All Nations (1931)
The Stolen Jools (1931)
The Slippery Pearls (1931)
Mr. Lemon of Orange (1931)
The Girl from Calgary (1932)
Silk Stockings (1932)
They Just Had to Get Married (1933)
The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933)
Going Hollywood (1933)
Wonder Bar (1934)
La Veuve Joyeuse (1934)
Better Than Gold (1935, short)
Katz’ Pajamas (1935, short)
Three Legionnaires (1937)
Toot Sweet (1937, short)

Piano Mooner (1942, short)
Submarine Base (1943)
Nabonga (1944)
Delinquent Daughters (1944)
Dixie Jamboree (1944)
Accent on Youth (1945)
The Gangster (1947)

Fi, Fie, Fifi (TV-1954, The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse)

Love is a Lion`s Roar (TV-1961, General Electric Theater)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)
Wild and Wonderful (1963)
What a Way to Go (1964)
The Art of Love (1965)
Assignment to Kill (1968)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Mr. & Mrs. North (1953)

Adventures in Paradise (1960, 1961)
The Roaring 20`s (1961)
Thriller (1961)
Pete and Gladys (1961, 1962)
Perry Mason (1961, 1964)
Combat (1963)
Bonanza (1963)
The Lucy Show (1964)
Bewitched (1968)

Roll Out (1973)