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I'll remember this guy on every windy day! Adieu, fair prince!

Famed French Mime Marcel Marceau Dies at 84

Sunday, September 23, 2007

PARIS Marcel Marceau, who put the art of mime on the world stage and brought poetry to silence, has died, his former assistant said Sunday. He was 84.

Marceau died Saturday in Paris, French media reported. Former assistant Emmanuel Vacca announced the death on France-Info radio, but gave no details about the cause.

Wearing white face paint, soft shoes and a battered hat topped with a red flower, Marceau, notably through his famed character Bip, played the entire range of human emotions onstage for more than 50 years, never uttering a word. Offstage, he was famously chatty.

"Never get a mime talking. He won't stop," he once said.

Marceau's lithe gestures and pliant facial expressions gave life to characters from a peevish waiter to a lion tamer to an old woman knitting.

A French Jew who, unlike his father, escaped deportation to a concentration camp during World War II, Marceau survived the Holocaust and worked with the French Resistance to protect Jewish children.

His biggest inspiration was Charlie Chaplin. Marceau, in turn, inspired countless young performers Michael Jackson borrowed his famous "moonwalk" from a Marceau sketch, "Walking Against the Wind."

In one of his most poignant and philosophical acts, "Youth, Maturity, Old Age, Death," Marceau wordlessly showed the passing of an entire life in just minutes.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon praised Marceau as "the master," saying he had the rare gift of "being able to communicate with each and everyone beyond the barriers of language."

Marceau was born Marcel Mangel on March 22, 1923, in Strasbourg, France. His father, Charles, a butcher who sang baritone, introduced his son to the world of music and theater at an early age. The boy adored the silent film stars of the era: Chaplin, Buster Keaton and the Marx brothers.

When the Germans marched into eastern France, he and his family were given just hours to pack their bags. He fled to southwest France and changed his last name to Marceau to hide his Jewish origins.

 

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^ I get it!

 

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  posted on 9/24/2007 at 07:51 AM
Mel Brook's Silent Movie, the only word spoken in the movie was spoken by Marcel Marceau

Brilliant

 

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  posted on 9/24/2007 at 08:56 AM
I wonder who is going to mime the eulogy?

 

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  posted on 9/24/2007 at 09:01 AM
I'm at a loss for words....

 

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One hand clapping...

 

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