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An American in Paris- Louisiana Style

WWL-TV Special Projects Collection



Genre: Special, Documentary

Place Covered: France, Paris, France, New Orleans Region, Louisiana, Louisiana General

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Department of State

Date Issued: Circa 1970

Duration: 00:24:42

Subjects: PARIS, FRANCE | Bibliothèque nationale de France | Sancton, Tommy, 1949- | Merlin, Pierre | FRENCH QUARTER | Littleton, John, 1922-1998 | Tallulah, Madison Parish, Louisiana | Haynes, Leroy, 1914-1986 | Hebert, Louis C. | Embassy of the United States (Paris, France) | Albert, Donnie Ray, 1950- | Porgy and Bess | Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana | Baroness de Pontalba, Micaela Almonester, 1795-1874 | Abbeville, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana | Hôtel de Pontalba (Paris, France) | Guidry, Paul | Reserve, St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana | Greggs, Isaac, 1929-2014 | Isaac Greggs Sextet


  • Johnson, Phil Narrator
  • Sancton, Tommy Interviewee
  • Littleton, John Interviewee
  • Haynes, Leroy Interviewee
  • Hebert, Louis C. Interviewee
  • Albert, Donnie Ray Interviewee
  • Guidry, Paul Interviewee
  • Greggs, Isaac Interviewee


An American in Paris- Louisiana Style, a WWL-TV Special Project narrated by Phil Johnson, chronicles the lives of Louisiana expats in Paris. Footage includes: Tommy Sancton in the Bibliothèque nationale; Pierre Merlin’s scale model of the French Quarter from 1917 in the Marais District; John Littleton, native of Tallulah, singing in a Paris studio; Parisians eating soul food at Haynes Restaurant and Leroy Haynes shopping; the United States Embassy in Paris and Louis C. Hebert from Abbeville,; Donnie Ray Albert of Baton Rouge preparing to play in Porgy and Bess in Paris; the Hôtel de Pontalba, residence of the US Ambassador in Paris, built by Baroness de Pontalba from New Orleans; residence of Paul Guidry, from Reserve, and the office of the United States Tourist service in France in the overlooking the Place Vendome; the Isaac Greggs Sextet playing in the Disco Room of the Meridien Hotel; Interviews: Tommy Sancton; Leroy Haynes; Louis C. Hebert; Donnie Ray Albert; Paul Guidry; and Isaac Greggs.