September 3rd, 2013 (New York, NY) – The Danny Kaye Centennial continues its celebratory run beyond U.S. borders in France this September at the 39th Festival du Cinema Americain de Deauville, La Cinematheque Francaise in Paris and during the holiday season, the theater release of the motion picture musical, “White Christmas”.
France has opened its arms, cinemas and prestigious institutions to join in the yearlong tribute to legendary UNICEF humanitarian and entertainer Danny Kaye. The Centennial will conclude with UNICEF’s presentation of the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award later this year.
Danny Kaye has received two of the highest honors in France. The Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor (1986) and Les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (1975). In response to Kaye’s culinary talents, Les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France diploma was signed by three of France’s greatest chefs, including Paul Bocuse, for whom Danny Kaye cooked a Chinese meal at his Los Angeles home.
FESTIVAL DU CINEMA AMERICAIN DE DEAUVILLE, AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 8, 2013
The Festival du Cinema Americain de Deauville is starting a brand new series this year called DEAUVILLE LEGEND. It will honor emblematic stars no longer with us, and who were past honorees at Deauville. Danny Kaye received a lifetime achievement award, and honoring his 100th birthday, he will be the inaugural recipient of DEAUVILLE LEGEND. His daughter, Dena Kaye, will accept this recognition on September 4th. The festival is showing three of Kaye’s classic films: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “White Christmas,” and “On the Riviera” for which he won a Golden Globe (1951) for best actor.
LA CINEMATHEQUE FRANCAISE, PARIS, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013
The Cinematheque Francaise in Paris is one of the world’s most prestigious and respected film institutions and will pay homage to Danny Kaye on Sept 18th. Two films will be shown: “The Secret life of Walter Mitty” and “On the Riviera.” Dena Kaye, his daughter, will speak about her father. The Cinematheque houses one of the largest archives of films and movie documents, in a building designed by Frank Gehry.
WHITE CHRISTMAS, PARIS, DECEMBER 18, 2013
The epic, evergreen holiday classic, “White Christmas” starring Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby, will be released at the Action Christine movie theater in Paris on December 18th. This will kick off the 60th anniversary of the release of the film that will be celebrated in 2014.
For more information, photos and video on Danny Kaye’s history with UNICEF, please visit: http://www.unicefusa.org/partners/ambassadors/danny-kaye/