HONG KONG (1 December 2011) – Today, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong celebrated the 250th birthday of its founder – Marie Tussaud (1 December 1761 – 16 April 1850) with the grand unveiling of her new wax figure. Officiating the commemorative event were distinguished Hong Kong ladies including TVB award-winner Maggie Cheung Ho-yee, beauty expert and entrepreneur Angel Tong, District Council member-elect Pamela Peck and Legislative Council member Paul Tse.
Born in 1761 to a French family, Marie Tussaud was characterized by her artistic flair, entrepreneurial streak and fearless spirit. Having mastered the art of wax sculpting in her teens, Tussaud took up the role of art tutor to the royal household in Versailles, Paris. After the gruesome French Revolution, she went to Britain to explore new opportunities. For 33 years she staged her collection of the famous and infamous throughout Britain, bringing significant global events to life.
Marie Tussaud’s wax figure is portrayed in 1783 when she sculpted a wax figure. She is clad in a close-fitting quilted petticoat with long sleeves and a repeating floral pattern, alongside a cotton muslin apron. Her hair is adorned with a small posy of silk flowers.
Dressed in Marie Tussaud style, a professional performer from EXCEL, the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, staged a recital where she illustrated the life-changing events and milestones of Marie Tussaud, including the days of the French Revolution when she was asked to make death masks of King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and Robespierre; and her business venture of setting up a permanent wax figure exhibition in London.
Maggie Cheung Ho-yee, Angel Tong, Pamela Peck, Paul Tse, Daisy Lui, Deputy Executive Director of Hong Kong Tourism Board, Miranda Yim, Assistant Commissioner (Tourism) of Tourism Commission, together with Kelly Mak, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, officiated the Marie Tussaud wax figure unveiling ceremony.
The special guests toasted to the contribution of Madame Tussaud with bubbly champagne and a Victorian-style birthday cake portraying the silhouette of Marie Tussaud adorned with sparkling fireworks.
Kelly Mak, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong said, “Our finest guests showcase their talent and steal the show within their respective industries. Their presence makes a flying start of the Sestercentennial jubilee.”
“Through the launch of Marie Tussaud’s wax figure, we hope guests will appreciate the delicate artistry and ingenious craftsmanship of wax figures housed in Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. Each wax figure is an art piece with rich history and interesting stories behind.” added Mak.
As a tribute to successful female personalities, the achievements of Maggie Cheung Ho-yee, Angel Tong and Pamela Peck were highlighted at the momentous occasion. The outstanding ladies also shared their keys to success and career aspirations with the audience.
Madame Tussauds was established over 200 years ago as the very first attraction in history which provided the general public with the opportunity to get close to A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons. Today, a total of twelve attractions of Madame Tussauds around the globe, including Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, continue to celebrate the art of wax sculpting inherited from the days of Marie Tussaud.
With Christmas just around the corner, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong has adopted a brand new Victorian look with dazzling wreaths and a candle-lit Christmas tree. Guests are invited to embark on a star-studded journey at the Walk of Fame and snap pictures with their favourite idols this festive season.
Join us to hail 250 wonderful Christmas moments of wax figure artistry and learn the studio secrets as you “meet” with the greatest wax sculptor ever – Marie Tussaud -- this festive season.