Madeleine Lebeau, last surviving "Casablanca" actress, dies at 92

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Madeleine Lebeau, last surviving "Casablanca" actress, dies at 92

ROME - French actress Madeleine LeBeau, best known for her role as Rick's pushed aside girlfriend in "Casablanca," has died. She was 92.

Madeleine Lebeau, in a scene with Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca," which was released in 1942

Madeleine Lebeau, in a scene with Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca," which was released in 1942

Carlo Alberto Pinelli says the actress died May 1 in Spain, after suffering a thigh-bone fracture. LeBeau was the second wife of Pinelli's father, the late Italian screenwriter Tullio Pinelli.

LeBeau had been living with a daughter, Maria Duhour, who informed the younger Pinelli of the woman's death.

Lebeau was cremated, and her ashes will be brought to Italy sometime in the coming months to be placed in the family tomb, Pinelli said.

After fleeing a war-torn France soon after her first role in the 1939 French film "Young Girls in Trouble," LeBeau went on to appear in films including "Casablanca," ''Gentleman Jim" and "8 ½."

In the iconic World War II movie, LeBeau famously gets emotional in the bar when the band starts playing ""La Marseillaise," shouting "Viva la France!" She was among several actual refugees from the German occupation of France who acted in the film.

The BBC reports she was the last surviving cast member of the film, which won three Academy Awards and is frequently listed among the greatest movies ever made.

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