Veteran French entertainer Maurice Chevalier, who died from a heart attack on New Year's Day aged 83, was buried today (Wednesday) at Marnes La Coquette -- a tiny village near Paris where he had a mansion.
Veteran French entertainer Maurice Chevalier, who died from a heart attack on New Year's Day aged 83, was buried today (Wednesday) at Marnes La Coquette -- a tiny village near Paris where he had a mansion. Witnessing the end of a 50 year show business legend were several international personalities, including singer Tino Rossi, actor Michel Simon and Princess Grace of Monaco.
Coverage of the personalities arriving and of the simple ceremony in the graveyard -- where Maurice Chevalier was buried in a grave next to his mother -- comes from Visnews cameraman Pierre Rihouet.
SYNOPSIS: At a village near Paris, veteran French entertainer Maurice Chevalier was buried on Wednesday.
Singer Tino Rossi was among the mourners.
Princess Grace of Monaco, the former Hollywood star, was also one of the celebrities present.
So was Michel Simon, another veteran French actor.
The cortege wound its way through the streets of Marnes La Coquette, the tiny village where Maurice Chevalier owned a mansion. He had died on New Year's Day of a heat attack, at the age of eighty-three.
It was to have been a simple ceremony. But besides the celebrities, hundreds of villagers turned out to mourn the great entertainer. The crowd remaining outside the church, in the village square, heard the service relayed through loudspeakers. And the ceremony was also broadcast live throughout France.
During the service, Maurice Chevalier was described as a man who knew how to touch the heart, and how to spread optimism, goodwill and joy. And so the entertainer was carried to his last resting place -- a cemetery on a wooded hillside outside the village. There he was buried, in a grey granite tomb, next to his mother.
The entertainer's two nephews, and his life-long secretary and friend led the mourners filing past in final tribute. French Culture Minister Jacques Duhamel, boxer Georges Carpentier and playwright Marcel Pagnol were also there.