Paolo Noël, the former singer-turned-comedian, died on Sunday at the age of 93. He suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. From his time in the orphanage to the numerous scenes in Quebec, he knew how to turn the bad luck of his early days into exemplary development, aided by Diane, the love of his life for 55 years.
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Paolo Noël was born on March 4, 1929 into a dysfunctional family. “My father was a bandit and my mother was a whore,” he had already confided protocol. The situation also led him to the orphanage at a very young age, where he will remain from the ages of six to thirteen. It was here that a nun noticed his singing talent and encouraged him to sing.
As a young adult, he began working in a factory to earn a living, but he gave his friends the benefit of his voice. In 1948, a Tino Rossi impersonation contest opened the doors to CKAC radio. After that he started singing in cabarets and attracting attention with cover versions of his idols Tino Rossi and Luis Mariano.
In the 1950s, Paolo Noël was a regular at Montreal cabarets. He recorded a first CD with four songs including beautiful star of love and since i love you. He was quickly given the label of charming singer for his romantic songs, natural charm and plastic beauty.
Paolo Noël in 1988
In 1954 he made his television debut on the variety show Music-Hall on Radio-Canada. He continued his engagements in all the Montreal cabarets and even took his first steps as an actor at the Canadian Theater thanks to Jean Grimaldi who took him under his wing. His popularity grew steadily and he had his first record successes in 1956 Virgin Mary and my prayer. The following year he was even elected master of ceremonies by the renowned cabaret Casa Loma. 1958, one of his greatest successes, The little sailboatwhich indicates his great passion for the sea.
But in the early 1960s, the cabaret world began to wither away: after a brief career attempt in France, Paolo Noël returned to Montreal and increasingly worked for television. In particular, he animates music in the foreground at Télé-Métropole before co-hosting the daily with Dominique Michel toast and coffee from 1965 to 1969. He was also at the helm of Youth Music Hallfrom 1967 to 1975, and participated in the beginnings of The tanners from us, with Pierre Marcotte and Gilles Latulipe. In 1968 he was even voted Mr. Radio-Television at the Gala des Artistes.
Paolo Noël and Yves Corbeil in 1982
Musically, it also runs a transition. From the early 1970s he experienced a new popularity with songs with a humorous connotation, such as Popular Paulette, You have a lot of nice beep bops or Flip flop bow tie.
comedian and author
A multidisciplinary artist, Paolo Noël has also made a name for himself as an actor. In 1969 he starred in the film danger to society by Jean Martineau, but above all he shone in the role of Tony Potenza in the series in 1999 omerta, by Luc Dionne. He will also take on this role in 2012 in the film of the same name alongside René Angélil. The actor has also starred in a few films such as My aunt Aline, crooked fingers From where red slope.
Diane Bolduc, Doris Lussier and Paolo Noel
Paolo Noël was also a successful author. In 1980 he published Between Love and Hate: From Orphanage to Success, a first autobiographical account. Follows three years later Between love and hate: This is how the wind turns, life turnsand in 2012, I bit into life and life bit me. More than 150,000 copies of his stories found buyers when they were published.
A solid love
If Paolo Noel lacked love early in life, he made up for it when he met Diane, who was his mistress for over 55 years. “I had been invited to a big party that brought together all the hairdressers in the province, but I was really exhausted,” he said protocol, a few years ago. Eventually Jacques Normand’s brother, who organized the party, persuaded me to go and I saw Diane again, who was a model. She saw that I didn’t turn at all and we let the evening end together. They have not left each other since that date.
Paolo Noël’s family in 1982
However, their relationship struggled to switch to the in-laws’ side who didn’t want an artist in the family, especially since he was 16 years Diane’s senior. But proof that love cannot be controlled was having two children, Constantino and Vanessa. Paolo already had three children (Johanne, Mario and Ginette) from a previous relationship. They have eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Paolo Noël had retired to his large 300-year-old house in Saint-Denis-de-la-Bouteillerie in the Kamouraska region on the banks of the river for several years.