(P.s im not sure about the drunk chef, thats wrong. Maranne ran Andre's restaurant in the Torquay in F T and when they did the gourmet night their chef got drunk, so Basil drove to the restaurant to collect meals from Andre. Kurt was the drunk chef who got pissed n wanted to kiss maniel, played by Steve Plytas)
Sad news. I guess that's nearly all the main creative talents from The Pink Panther films gone now when you think of it. Edwards, Mancini, Sellers, Lom, Kwuok, Niven, Stark, Plummer and now Maranne. At least Claudia is still with us.