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Friday, 29 December, 2000, 13:13 GMT
Private funeral for Borge
Victor Borge
Borge died in his sleep on Saturday
Entertainer Victor Borge, who died on Saturday, has been buried in a private ceremony.

The pianist and comedian, known as the "Clown Prince of Denmark", died in his sleep aged 91 at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut.

He was buried in a private ceremony in the city's Putnam Cemetery on Thursday.

Police escorted 68 vehicles to the cemetery from the Borge family home.

An aide to the family said a public ceremony, likely to be held in New York, was being planned.

Phonetic punctuation

Borge was known around the world for his irreverent interpretation of classical works, and his repertoire included pranks such as falling off his piano stool, playing music upside down and using "phonetic punctuation" - funny sounds interspersed in his monologues.

He often gave command performances for heads of state. He was knighted by the kings of Norway, Denmark and Sweden and was twice honoured by the US Congress.

Born in Denmark, he moved to the US during World War II and become one of the country's highest paid entertainers, maintaining a busy career into his 80s.

His video, The Best of Victor Borge, sold some three million copies.

Borge also established a reputation as a serious performer of classical works. He became a much sought-after conductor, appearing with leading symphony orchestras.

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