Actor Jean-Louis Barrault Laid To Rest
PARIS (AP) _ Hundreds of fans, film stars and other mourners turned out Tuesday for the funeral of stage and screen actor Jean-Louis Barrault.
Barrault, whose films included ″Children of Paradise,″ in 1944, ″The Longest Day in 1961 and ″La Nuit de Varennes″ in 1981, died Saturday at age 83.
Culture Minister Jacques Toubon spoke briefly at the service at Saint- Pierre de Chaillot church in Paris, expressing the nation’s sympathy to Barrault’s widow, actress Madeline Renaud, 93. She and Barrault were one of France’s most memorable stage couples.
Barrault was buried at the Passy cemetery. According to the actor’s last wishes, his tombstone will be inscribed with a single word: Merci.
Former Culture Minister Jack Lang, film producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier, composer Michel Legrand, film writer Jean-Claude Carriere and a host of actors including Francis Huster, Arielle Dombasle, Jean-Pierre Aumont and Michael Lonsdale attended the service.
Aumont said Barrault had such a ″great love of the theater in particular and of life, in general, that it was a a great joy to watch him.″
On Monday, the state-run television network broadcast ″Children of Paradise,″ in which Barrault immortalized the mime artist Baptiste in one of his best-known screen performances.