Early Years 1700-1800
1761: Madame Tussaud is born Marie Grosholtz in Strasbourg.
1777: Marie models the famous author and philosopher, Francois Voltaire.
1780: Marie becomes art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister and goes to live at the Royal Court in Versailles
1789: On the eve of The French Revolution, Marie returns to Paris
1793: Marie is imprisoned with her mother in the notorious Laforce Prison, Paris. On her release she is forced to prove her allegiance to the Revolution by making death masks of executed nobles and her former employers, the King and Queen.
1794: The French Revolution ends and Marie inherits Dr Philippe Curtius’ wax exhibition.
1795: Marie marries Francois Tussaud
1800-1900 Touring the British Isles
1800-1900 Madame Tussauds takes her exhibition on tour and establishes a base at Baker Street in London. The attraction survives World War II and becomes an interactive experience in the 1990s.
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