Monday, September 24, 2007

Good-bye Mr. Marceau

Saturday night, the Mime Marceau, known also as Marcel Marceau passed away at 84 years old. Here are facts to better know him...
He was a well-known mime artist, among the most popular representatives of this art form world-wide. After having seen Charlie Chaplin, he became interested in acting. After the war, he enrolled as a student in the Sarah Bernhardt Theatre in Paris, Marceau's performance won him such acclaim that he was encouraged to present his first "mimodrama". The acclaim was unanimous and Marceau's career as a mime was firmly established.
In 1947, Marceau created "Bip", the clown, who in his striped pullover and battered, beflowered silk opera hat — signifying the fragility of life — has become his alter-ego.
Mime Marceau inspired Michael Jackson's moonwalk and was idolized in Japan and Russia.
He performed all over the world in order to spread the "art of silence". The French Government conferred upon Marceau its highest honor, making him an "Officier de la Légion d'honneur" and many other awards.

2 comments:

Di Overton said...

I have loved Marcel Marceau since I was a child. A sad loss.

°~*Le Quartier*~° said...

It is indeed...