Claude Véga, comedian and famous impersonator of the 70s and 80s, has died at the age of 91

He was the father of modern imitation. Comedian and actor Claude Véga died on Monday, April 11, in Paris at the age of 91. He was the first man to embody female celebrities on stage, crackling with talented Barbara, Callas, Jacqueline Maillan or comedian Zouc.

It is enough for me to think of them to transform myself into them. A detail, a defect, a way of speaking and I caught them“, confided who, in the 1970s and 1980s, was the inescapable guest of the television programs of Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier, Danièle Gilbert and Patrick Sébastien.

On stage, the resemblance to his “victims“He was bluffing. He slipped into the skin of his muses, without mimicking, and became a diva himself. I never meant -“He could only imitate the people he loved.“- evoked them saying”my maillan” Where “my leafWomen were not his only targets: he also imitated Aznavour, De Funès, Montand and even Dutronc.

Born Claude Thibaudat on June 2, 1930 to a Parisian father and a Provençal mother, he never left the 9th arrondissement of the capital where he grew up. Under the Occupation, he did the 400 hits with his childhood friend, a certain François Truffaut.

His mother didn’t take much care of him, she had taken a liking to mine. He was a half brother and he was going to see if he had eaten dinner, if he had slept or if he had not taken refuge in a neighborhood movie theater as he used to.“, he confided in 2012 to the weekly Point. Truffaut will also offer him a role, that of a brooding strangler, in his film marital home (1970).

He quickly abandoned his business studies to take drama lessons and worked nights at the Liberty cabaret. “I wanted to be an actor. I started doing impersonations to survive and pay for my lessons at the Conservatory. I recited La Fontaine’s Fables, like oak and cane alternating about ten voices“. Secured tobacco.

One night, Maria Callas is in the room and hears him imitate her. She immediately falls in love with him and wants to have him with her on shows. Ditto for actress Edwige Feuillère. Claude Véga also performs at Bobino and opens for several great artists such as Edith Piaf, Joséphine Baker and Charles Trénet.

He, the modest and discreet man, finds immense success. We only swear by him. “He is small in size (1m65) but he is a giant of humorwrites the newspaper Dawn in 1973. The following year, the show “Up to Claude Vegais followed by 70% of viewers. At the age of 60, in 1990, she abandoned imitation to dedicate herself exclusively to his other passions, theater and drawing.

We find it in particular at the Comédie de Paris in fun snack, based on texts by Boris Vian. It is also successful with piaf i love you in Cirque d’hiver (1996), which earned him two nominations for the Molières, then in the play Silvia, Directed by Lars Schmidt. Also gifted with a good pencil stroke, he regularly published illustrated almanacs with naive and fresh Jacques Faizant drawings.

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