Brisbane Repertory's production of Gigi directed by Babette Stephens coincided with Maurice Chevalier's Brisbane season at City Hall of The Symbol of Parisian Gaiety, a touring J.C.Williamson production. Maurice Chevalier had starred, alongside Leslie Caron, in the film version of Gigi two years earlier.
Beverley Bates, who played Gigi in Brisbane Rep's 1960 production, was lucky enough to meet Maurice Chevalier backstage at City Hall. You can imagine how thrilled she was to then receive a telegram from him wishing her "the best of luck" for her opening night performance!
Writer: Christine Comans
Source: Beverley Sealey