Monday, September 24, 2007

Marcel Marceau (1923-2007)

Marcel Marceau, the greatest mime of our time, has died at the age of 84. He was born in 1923, the son of a kosher butcher who died in Auschwitz. Marceau and his brother were active in the French Underground in WWII. The full Los Angeles Times obituary can be found here. The photo below was taken by Justin Kahn on July 31, 2002.

For those of us who were not privileged to see Marceau in live performance, we can only be thankful that we had the opportunity to view his art in film and on TV. No one else in my lifetime could express so much exquisite emotion and tell such touching stories without uttering a word. I am saddened deeply by his death which came on Yom Kippur.

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