April 16, 1850: Died, Marie Tussaud. She was close to the French Royal Family, and when the Reign of Terror came around, her head nearly rolled, as well. In order to prove her loyalty to the new regime, she made death masks of some of the guillotine's victims, including Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Marat, and Robespierre. After an eventful life, Tussaud died quietly in her sleep at the age of 88.
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Madame Tussaud at age 42. She is said to have helped the cult of celebrity with her waxworks of the famous at the time, and with the founding of her waxworks museum. Marie Tussaud made her first wax figure—Jean Jacques Rousseau—at the age of 17, and followed that with Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin. She was also employed during the French Revolution in the gruesome task of making death masks of the victims of the guillotine.
Portrait of Louis XVI before his death-looking like an old man. His execution made him the first victim of the Reign of Terror. His wife Marie Antoinette was guillotined on 16 October, the same year.