On what would have been his 100th birthday, Marcel Marceau is the focus of Google Doodle and we examine his cause of dea†h. Google has been informing people all across the world about important dates and historical individuals for almost 25 years.
The Google Doodle, March 22, honors Marcel Marceau on his 100th birthday.
Marcel Marceau Cause of Dea†h
At the age of 84, Marcel Marceau passed away on September 22, 2007. Alexander Neander, a former pupil and personal aide of his, broke the news to the world.
The famed mime artist passed away in Cahors, France in the southwest where he had relocated after quitting the stage in 2005. No cause of dea†h was revealed at the time and nearly 15 years later, no additional information on his passing has been made public.
He helped smuggle Jewish children out of nazi-occupied France. On March 22, 1923, a Jewish family gave birth to Marcel Marceau in Strasbourg, France. Once the Nazis occupied France, he changed his family name from Mangel to Marceau and relocated to Paris using fictitious documents in order to avoid being recognized as a Jew.
In 1944, the Germans sent his father to a detention camp, where he was executed. Marcel served in the Resistance up to the liberation of Paris protecting Jewish children from the Gestapo and the French police, who assisted in rounding up Jews for deportation.
He transported Jewish children into Switzerland along with his cousin Georges Loinger. Throughout the dangerous missions, Marcel kept the kids calm and at ease with mime; as a result, at least 70 of them were saved. Bip the Clown, one of history’s most iconic clowns was created by Marcel Marceau in 1947.
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The well-known figure was decked out in a striped shirt, white face paint, and a scruffy tophat with a flower. Without saying a word, he entertained large crowds all around the world. Mr. Marceau once observed via The New York Times:
“This character Bip is a funny, sad fellow. And things are always happening to him that could happen to anybody. Because he speaks with the gestures and the movement of the body, everyone knows what is happening to him, and he is popular everywhere — Scandinavia, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Austria, wherever he has traveled.”
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