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Old 09-23-07, 06:19 AM   #1
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Default Marcel Marceau has passed away

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PARIS, France (AP) -- Marcel Marceau, who revived the art of mime and brought poetry to silence, has died, French media reported Sunday. He was 84.

France-Info radio and LCI television said the family had announced the death of Marceau. No other details were released.

Wearing white face paint, soft shoes and a battered hat topped with a red flower, the world-famous Marceau 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.

A French Jew, Marceau survived the Holocaust -- and also 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."

Marceau performed tirelessly around the world until late in life, never losing his agility, never going out of style. In one of his most poignant and philosophical acts, "Youth, Maturity, Old Age, Death," he wordlessly showed the passing of an entire life in just minutes.

"Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words?" he once said.

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.

With his brother Alain, Marceau became active in the French Resistance. Marceau altered children's identity cards, changing their birth dates to trick the Germans into thinking they were too young to be deported. Because he spoke English, he was recruited to be a liaison officer with Gen. George S. Patton's army.

In 1944, Marceau's father was sent to Auschwitz, where he died.

Later, he reflected on his father's death: "Yes, I cried for him."

But he also thought of all the others killed: "Among those kids was maybe an Einstein, a Mozart, somebody who (would have) found a cancer drug," he told reporters in 2000. "That is why we have a great responsibility. Let us love one another."

When Paris was liberated, Marcel's life as a performer began. He enrolled in Charles Dullin's School of Dramatic Art, studying with the renowned mime Etienne Decroux.

On a tiny stage at the Theatre de Poche, a smoke-filled Left Bank cabaret, he sought to perfect the style of mime that would become his trademark.

Bip -- Marceau's on-stage persona -- was born.

Marceau once said that Bip was his creator's alter ego, a sad-faced double whose eyes lit up with child-like wonder as he discovered the world. Bip was a direct descendant of the 19th century harlequin, but his clownish gestures, Marceau said, were inspired by Chaplin and Keaton.

Marceau likened his character to a modern-day Don Quixote, "alone in a fragile world filled with injustice and beauty."

Dressed in a white sailor suit, a top hat -- a red rose perched on top -- Bip chased butterflies and flirted at cocktail parties. He went to war and ran a matrimonial service.

In one famous sketch, "Public Garden," Marceau played all the characters in a park, from little boys playing ball to old women with knitting needles.

In 1949 Marceau's newly formed mime troupe was the only one of its kind in Europe. But it was only after a hugely successful tour across the United States in the mid-1950s that Marceau received the acclaim that would make him an international star.

Single-handedly, Marceau revived the art of mime.

"I have a feeling that I did for mime what (Andres) Segovia did for the guitar, what (Pablo) Casals did for the cello," he once told The Associated Press in an interview.

In the past decades, he has taken Bip to from Mexico to China to Australia. He's also made film appearances. The most famous was Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie": He had the only speaking line, "Non!"

As he aged, Marceau kept on performing at the same level, never losing the agility that made him famous. On top of his Legion of Honor and his countless honorary degrees, he was invited to be a United Nations goodwill ambassador for a 2002 conference on aging.

"If you stop at all when you are 70 or 80, you cannot go on," he told The AP in an interview in 2003. "You have to keep working."

Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.
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Old 09-23-07, 08:20 AM   #2
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foF a man who didn't have much to say you sure said a lot! RIP
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he was dumb
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Man... well... cross off one thing I meant to do before I died. Damn.
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Old 09-23-07, 08:26 PM   #5
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Yea Scott he was dumb, but he was one of the few that had the talent to be in the King's court,and that is the biggest adventure that any of us that entertain could have bestowed up on us.He could make a King laugh, or ponder the fruits of life even when the King was not a happy guy and thats a gift that many of us don't have. Marcel again RIP for you have had a long and tiring journey and THIS world will miss you.
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Old 09-23-07, 10:00 PM   #6
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wow scot you sure have a stranglehold on the one word transparently lightweight and proud of it American cartoon nano-wit urban hillbilly market.
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Old 09-24-07, 12:02 AM   #7
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Out of curiosity, does anybody know his last words?
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Old 09-24-07, 12:20 AM   #8
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Hey scott, I'm sorry, you didn't deserve that, i was just in a pissy state of mind and you were just making a joke.I apologise.
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Old 09-24-07, 06:38 AM   #9
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Less than 4 ft from my head, as I type in what is my office, is a large, real, silver nitrate, black and white, close-up photogaph of Marcel applying his make-up. It was taken in 1980 by a close friend, also quite famous but not even he would think on the same scale, whilst I was still contracted to a major pharmaceutical company and had never seen any form of solo performance, street, stage or otherwise.

I do not need to be an exponent of an artform to love it or understand the brilliance and commitment that created it. I look at that photo several times a day, it has and will continue to move and inspire me for many years.

My thing is visual art, it too, is silent. Unlike mime it, is static but does not necessarily lack movement. In my paintings, think I learned colour from writers, patterns from musicians, movement from sculptors and story-telling from Marcel Marceau.

I'm sure his influence on others here is closer and greater but I doubt if there is a member here that does not owe something to his work.

Vale, Marcel Marceau
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martin; It's okay. I didn't understand what you were saying anyhow.

I like marcel bunches. I saw him in '98 and '00 and he was strange and powerful and exciting. Totally def.
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Embarrassed M. M.Marceau

One of the world's great entertainers. One can only hope he died quietly, and in his sleep.
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We need a time, surely I'm not the only one to think of "a minutes noise".
Any-one got a suggestion, when is he being buried or is there any other plan out there?

It seems appropriate.
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looks like he's stuck in a real box now

hope i live that long..
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i sit.
i think of him.
thank you sir,
I used your name and your profession to silence hecklers.
thank you.







thank you.
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From an upper balcony from behind the lighting rigs valentines day in the Olympia theater in Dublin, Ireland this man in his 80s created imagery I'll never forget. He's the only performer I've ever waited at the stage door after a show to meet. Unfortunately one crazy women had the same idea. He had style even then.

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Hey stickman, how you been buddy? Hey I know that chick.She was knocking at my door last week!... Oh I don't think I ever met such a famous person that had so little to say,but what he did say was said in volumes. I learned my very first magic comedy routine from Toots in New Orleans. He was a Marcel type mime/clown He made so much money that when he got married he rented the entire Jackson square . I mean big time,limos tuxs and all. I'm sure he learned and was influenced by Marciel because he wore the same type white face and spoke little himself... but we did squeak a lot.
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Unfortunately, he did not die quietly in his sleep. There is a good reason that the press states "causes unknown."

Marcel's school was taken from him by the French government (the same people who gave it to him) and he slowly starved himself out of depression. He had a bad fall and that, combined with age and starvation did him in.

It is fitting that he is buried in Pere Lachaise cemetary, where he will lie alongside Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Chopin and other greats. Annie Frattelini is buried in Monmartre Cemetary... a clown alongside of some of the greatest philosphers, scientists and politicians.

I met Marcel in 2002 and was astounded by how talkative,self effacing and funny he was. Age had slowed him down, but he was always articulate and very, very much alive.

Marcel Marceau was also jokingly called France's biggest exported good. Nice to know he was a bigger commidity to the nation than AirBus and nuclear power plants...


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