From housekeeper's daughter to royal tutor, master figure maker and thriving business woman, the life of Madame Marie Tussaud has all the ingredients of a best selling novel. Add in French Revolution, escape from the "guillotine" and a spell making death masks of former aristocratic friends and employers and that life has all the ingredients of a Hollywood blockbuster!
Undeniably, the life of Madame Tussauds' founder was as colorful as any of the celebrities who have been posed for the world famous attraction in its illustrious 200 year history.
- 1761: Marie Grosholtz was born
- 1777: Modeled the famous author and philosopher, Francois Voltaire
- 1780: Became art tutor to King Louis XVI's sister and goes to live in the Royal Court in Versailles
- 1789: On the eve of the French Revolution, Marie returned to Paris
- 1793: Imprisoned with her mother in the notorious La Force Prison, Paris. On her release she was 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 ended and Marie inherited Dr. Phillippe Curtius' wax exhibition
- 1795: Marie married François Tussaud
- 1835: With her sons, Madame Tussaud established a base in London at the Baker Street Bazaar
- 1850: Madame Tussaud died
- 1884: Marie's grandsons moved the London attraction to its current site on Marylebone Road