By Kate Berridge
Thousands have visited the museums that endure her identify, but few be aware of a lot approximately Madame Tussaud. A celebrated artist, she had either a ringside seat at and a cameo position within the French Revolution. This clever, pragmatic businesswoman has additionally had a rare effect on modern tradition, planting the seed of our obsession with celebrity.
In Madame Tussaud Kate Berridge tells this interesting woman's entire tale for the 1st time, drawing upon a wealth of assets together with Tussaud's memoirs and old information. it's a grand-scale luck story—how with sheer graft and grit a lady born in 1761 to an eighteen-year-old prepare dinner overcame notable reversals of fortune to construct the 1st and so much enduring world wide model pointed out just by connection with its founder's identify: Madame Tussaud's.
Central to her luck used to be her prestige as a sufferer and survivor of 1 of the main tumultuous occasions in historical past; her grizzly relics either captivated her viewers and bolstered her personal model of her existence tale. Her memoirs positioned claims of friendships with royals and revolutionaries—including Marie Antoinette and Marat—alongside own horrors, such a lot famously how she was once compelled to make demise mask from the guillotine-fresh heads of former associates. yet as a born entrepreneur did she expand her aptitude for exposure to molding her personal tale?
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