Veteran mime artist Marcel Marceau dead at 84
Sun Sep 23, 5:37 AM ET
Marcel Marceau, one of the world's best loved mime artists, has died
at the age of 84, one of his children told AFP on Sunday.
"He died yesterday evening," his daughter Camille said, adding that
details of the funeral arrangements and burial at Pere Lachaise would
be given out later.
Marceau, whose real name was Marcel Mangel, became internationally
famous for his 1947 creation of Bip, a sad, white-faced clown in a
striped jumper and a battered silk opera hat.
He was single-handedly responsible for reviving the art of mime after
World War II, after two decades of being eclipsed by the silent
movie, dominated by the genius of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton or
Laurel and Hardy.
His Compagnie Marcel Marceau was the only mime troupe in the world in
the 1950s and 1960s, which enjoyed as much acclaim abroad as at home.
From 1969 to 1971 he directed the Ecole Internationale de Mime before
founding his Ecole Internationale de Mimodrame in Paris in 1978.
He enjoyed particular popularity in the United States, Japan and
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