Full name: Marie Grosholtz
Nickname: Madame Tussaud
Born: December 7, 1761 in Strasbourg, France
Died: April 16, 1850 in London, Great Britain
Known as : Artist in wax and founder of the Madam Tussauds museums
Personal: Married to François Tussaud, three children
These days, people all over the world know the name Tussaud as a synonym for wax sculptures. But did you know that it was an 18th century lady who established the current international business, which can be admired not only in Amsterdam, but also in London (where it all began), Shanghai, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Hong Kong and New York? The lady, Marie Tussaud, was an independent, active businesswoman at a time when that was extremely unusual. As an artist in wax, she visited places like the French court. But during the Revolution, she was imprisoned and forced to make masks of the victims. Later on, she emigrated and toured for 30 years with her exhibit of sculptures before finding them a permanent home in London.