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Madame Tussaud

  • Birth

    Anne Marie Gresholtz was born in Strasbourg, France to Joseph Gresholtz and Anne Made. Her father died before she was born. She was raised by her uncle, housekeeper, and mentor Philippe Curtius.
  • Moves to Paris

    Moves to Paris
    In the year 1768, Marie moves to Dr. Curtis' house in Paris, France.
  • Perfecting the Art

    Perfecting the Art
    In 1778, Marie perfects the art of wax modeling. She makes wax models of people like Voltaire and Rousseau.
  • Moves to Versailles

    Moves to Versailles
    When Marie is 17, she moves to Versailles to tutor King Louis XVI's sister in art for 9 years.
  • Return to Paris

    Return to Paris
    In the year 1786, Marie moves back to Dr. Curtis' house in Paris, France and meets political figures. (The picture is the oldest figure in Madame Tussaud's, done by Dr. Curtis. It is called "The Sleeping Beauty" and is a model of Madame du Barry.)
  • French Revolution Begins

    French Revolution Begins
    The French Revolution begins with the storming of the Bastille.
  • King Louis XVI's Death Mask

    King Louis XVI's Death Mask
    Marie is makes the death mask for the guillotined head of King Louis XVI.
  • Death Mask for Marie Antoinette

    Death Mask for Marie Antoinette
    Marie makes Marie Antoinette's death mask. She faints when she sees the head.
  • Imprisoned

    Marie is accused of being a Royalist and is imprisoned and in line to be beheaded. Dr. Curtis arranged for her release. She was imprisioned during the Reign of Terror.
  • Marriage and Children

    Marriage and Children
    In the year 1795, Marie marries Francis Tussaud. From 1795 - 1800, she has one daughter who dies and two sons.
  • French Revolultion Ends

    French Revolultion Ends
    The Peace of Amiens is signed and the French Revolution Ends.
  • Events in 1802

    Events in 1802
    In the year 1802, Madame Tussaud acquires a business partner and leaves France with 36 wax figures and her oldest son, Nini. She begins to tour with her exhibit.
  • Traveling Exhibit

    Traveling Exhibit
    In 1803, Madame Tussaud takes her exhibit to Scotland, Ireland, and England. She tours with her exhibit for 33 years. Madame Tussaud does not see her youngest son, Francis, until he joins her as an adult.
  • Buys Out Business Partner

    Buys Out Business Partner
    In 1804, Madame Tussaud buys her independence from her business partner.
  • Permanent Collection

    Permanent Collection
    Madame Tussaud's Today
    In 1835, Madame Tussaud stops touring at the age of 74. She sets up a permanent home for her collection in London, England.
  • Memoirs

    In 1838, Madame Tussaud writes her memoirs.
  • Last Wax Figure

    Last Wax Figure
    In 1842, Madame Tussaud creates her last wax figure, a self-portrait.
  • Death of Husband

    Death of Husband
    In 1848, Madame Tussaud's husband dies.
  • Death

    Video About Madame Tussaud's Today
    Madame Tussaud died at the age of 88 in London, England. Her exhibit passes on to her two sons.