1914 - 1970
The tenor and actor Luis Mariano belonged to the most popular operetta singer of the 20th century whose career especially took place in the 40's and 50's.
He was born in Irun, Spain. His family move to Bordeaux some years later.
He met Jeanne Lagiscarde in 1940 who introduced him into the artistic circle of Bordeaux. She also convinced him to go to the tenor Michel Fontécha with a letter of recommendation to get singing lessons.
When he was engaged by Max de Rieux to the Palais de Chaillot Ernesto
de Don Pasquale he met Francis Lopez with whom he worked successfully together
for the next years.
Luis Mariano made his film debut in 1943 with "Le chant de l'exilé"
(43) and "L'escalier sans fin" (43) and in the production "Cargaison clandestinge"
(47) he had to play a role for which he was made.
His film career drew slowly to an end at the end of the 50's. He only
appeared for "Candide ou l'optimisme au XXe siècle" (61) and "Les
pieds dans la plâtre" (65) in front of the camera.
The operetta scene changed a lot at the end of the 50's; to Luis Mariano's
popular operettas of those years belong "Le secret de Marco Polo au Châtelet"
(59) and "Visa pour l'amour" (59) with Annie Cordy.
When he took part in the play "La Caravelle d'or" in 1969 he was forced
to take a break time and again because of his illness. Finally he had to
retire from the play, only two months later he died.
Other movies with Luis Mariano: