(Line Renaud) "Tell the truth, how was it with Elvis Presley, the day when he was in the loge (small private compartment for theater spectators)." It was extraordinary... not in Las Vegas, but in the casino in Paris.
(male interviewer) Elvis came to your loge at the end of your performance?
(Line Renaud) Yes, for 6 hours... the only time Elvis sang in Paris, he sang in my loge. (male interviewer) What did Elvis do for 6 hours in your loge?
(Line Renaud) Alas, we weren't alone... OK, so I was playing the 1st play "Plaisir" in 1960, and "louve russe" (Russian Wolf, not sure, maybe this is some character in the play) just said to Loulou, "there are 4 American soldiers sitting on the balcony and we think it's Elvis Presley. So Loulou went to see the American soldiers, and sure enough, it was Elvis Presley and his friends. At the end of the performance, (in the performance I had the Golden Gate quartet with me)...
(male interviewer) who accompanied you
(Line Renaud) yes, and Elvis came to the loge, and he saw a guitar and said "who plays the guitar here", and I said it's my husband Loulou, and he said, "may I? may I?", and he took the guitar and wrapped the strap around his body, and I can't begin to tell you how handsome he was, it is undescribable... maybe even better than Dujardin.
(male interviewer) so, private concert, as a pilot as one said
(Line Renaud) yes, and he takes the guitar, and we go find the Golden Gate Quartet in the loge, and I had for 6 hours a concert of Gospel, and Negro spirituals, which was entirely the tradition of Elvis; that was his roots...
Thanks to Emmy, daughter of a very close classmate, for the translation!
Elvis met French Music-Hall artist Line Renaud for the first time while in Paris. He met her backstage at the Casino de Paris in 1960 and they promised themselves to meet again. Elvis kept his promise and attended her first Las Vegas show. The famous actor Edward G. Robinson was also present for the opening show of Line Renaud.