Bill Backer, 1926-2016, R.I.P.
Quick! Who was the adman responsible for the iconic Coca-Cola commercial, where a crowd of people sang "I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. I'd like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company?" If you said "Don Draper," you're wrong! It was Bill Backer, pictured above, who just died at the age of 89.
Madeleine Lebeau, 1923-2016, R.I.P.
The young woman who -- along with almost everyone in Rick's Cafe Americain -- tearfully sang "La Marseillaise" in Casablanca has died at the age of 92. She was supposedly the last surviving actress from the film.
Varying reports list Madeleine's last name as Lebeau and LeBeau. As near as I can determine, Lebeau was her birth name and LeBeau was a studio misspelling (or renaming).
Madeleine Lebeau and Leonid Kinskey in Casablanca!
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