Centenary of Marcel Marceau's birth

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The life and career of legendary mime artist Marcel Marceau is celebrated on a new stamp from Monaco.

Born in Strasbourg in 1923, Marcel Marceau, known as “Le mime Marceau”, the stage name of Marcel Mangel, left the city in 1939 due to the threat posed by the advancing German troops.

With his family, of Jewish and Polish origin, he sought refuge in the Dordogne and then in Limoges, where he enrolled in the School of Decorative Arts. While studying, he gave drama lessons to children and helped some to fl ee the Occupation.

A timeless artist, Marcel Marceau won acclaim through mime, thanks to his character Bip, created in 1947. It was a character that he took out onto the world stage, even inspiring Michael Jackson’s “moonwalk” with his “Walking against the wind” sketch.

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Design and line-engraving: Yves BEAUJARD
Printing process: 2 colours steel-engraving
Size of the stamp: 40,85 x 52 mm
Quantity of issue: 36,000

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