On YNF Entertainment Magazine, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, Dark Shadows actress Kathryn Leigh Scott, has released a new edition of Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime book.
Marcel Marceau: Master Of Mime
The classic actress and book publisher Kathryn Leigh Scott, best known for her roles as Maggie Evans and Josette DuPres on the Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, has published a new edition of Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime, a book of photographs by Ben Martin, a Time/Life photographer who was her former husband. Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime will be published by Cumberland Press.
Marceau’s widow Anne Sicco provides an introduction to Master of Mime. Kathryn stated that she and Anne are thrilled to launch the book on March 22, 2023, to commemorate the centennial of the mime artist’s birth. Honoring both men’s legacy and their artistic collaboration is a fitting tribute.
Marcel Marceau and Ben Martin
On March 20, the National Arts Club will host a reception to launch an exhibition of photographs taken by Time/Life photographer Ben Martin to commemorate the centenary of Marcel Marceau’s birth. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will run from March 9 to April 28 in conjunction with the release of a new Marcel Marceau edition.
Their artistic collaboration resulted in an intense, intimate portrait of the mime whose stage creation, a white-faced clown dressed in bell bottom pants, a sailor’s pullover, and a crumpled flower opera hat, continued a century-old tradition. It began as a Life magazine picture in the middle of the 1970s. Martin documents Marceau’s rehearsals, makeup application, and performance behind the scenes in more than 350 photographs, 80 of which are exquisitely colored. He takes a series of pictures during performances that show the artist in Bip, his alter ego on stage, communicating his incredible range of emotions.
He and his courageous older brother, Simon Alain Mangel, worked with the French Resistance against the Nazi occupiers during World War II and lived in hiding as Jewish youths. Following the liberation of Paris in August 1944, Marceau performed for the first time in front of 3,000 allied troops. He studied dramatic art and mime in Paris after the war, where he opened his own pantomime school in 1959.
He was awarded an Emmy in 1956, and in 1991, he was elected to the prestigious Académie des Beaux Arts of the Institut de France. He was given the National Order of Merit and the Grand Officier de la Légion d’Honneur in France in 1998. The well-known mime was named the eleventh recipient of The Raoul Wallenberg Medal in the year 2002.
For Time, Life, Fortune, People, and Sports Illustrated, Ben Martin covered wars, fashion, politics, the arts, business, and sports for 33 years. According to the New York Times, he documented Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Selma March, the first presidential debate between Nixon and Kennedy, Fidel Castro in Cuba, and "Swinging London," capturing "evocative images that defined the 1960s." The Briscoe Center at the University of Texas at Austin has received a donation of Martin's photographic archives.
The book's reissue was a dream of Kathryn Leigh Scott, Ben Martin's longtime wife and publishing partner up until his death. She explained that Marcel had offered to write the introduction for a new edition, but he died before they could do so. She got in touch with Marcel's widow, Anne Sicco, at the beginning of 2018 and the dream came back to life. They started talking about the possibility of having an exhibition of the pictures and a new edition of the book to celebrate Marceau's centennial on March 22, 2023. They see it as a way to honor both men's legacy and their artistic collaboration.
Kathryn Leigh Scott
September Girl, Jinxed, Down and Out in Beverly Heels, and Dark Passages are the works of Kathryn Leigh Scott, an author and actress. The Lobby Card books on film art, Last Dance at the Savoy, and The Bunny Years, as well as a trilogy of books on caregiving, are examples of nonfiction. A Welcome Refreshment, Now Without You, Now With You, and the Happy Hours She appeared in the films The Eleventh Green, Three Christs, and A Rainy Day in New York as Maggie Evans/Josette DuPres in the original Dark Shadows. Kathryn lives in Los Angeles and New York.
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