Many readers enjoyed the Yves Montand song featured in our Clafoutis recipe (Le Temps des Cerises/The Season of Cherries) so today, we are sharing one of his duet with the American legend Marylin Monroe. Enjoy!
Yves Montand was Marilyn’s co-star in one of her last movies “Let’s Make Love” (Le Milliardaire), a 1960 romantic musical. It’s also in this movie that Marylin Monroe sang her famous number “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”. What is most remembered about this movie, in France at least, is the internationally publicized off screen love affair between Yves Montand and Marylin Monroe. At the time, Yves Montand was married to the talented and gorgeous French actress Simone Signoret who had just won the 1959 Oscar for best actress in the movie “Les Chemin de la Haute Ville” (Room at The Top). Marylin Monroe was married to the American playwriter Arthur Miller. After the promotion of the movie, Yves Montand returned to France and his wife. They were married for 34 years and they are now resting together at the Père-Lachaise cemetery (cimetière du Père-Lachaise) in Paris.
Below is a video with two duets of Marylin Monroe singing “Let’s Make Love”, first with Yves Montand and then with Frankie Vaughan. Both versions are lovely in their own ways. Yves Montand sounds so charming in English! There are many pictures of Marylin by herself, as well as photos of Marylin Monroe laughing and sharing moments with Yves Montand. A slice of life in 1960 Hollywood!
Let’s Make Love
by Marylin Monroe, Yves Montand, and Frankie Vaughan, 1960