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Marie Tussaud was one of the most successful career women of the 19th century. She is truly a fascinating woman. At the age of 17, she became the art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister and then, during the French Revolution, was hastily forced to prove her allegiance to the feudalistic nobles by making the death masks of executed aristocrats. In 1802, when her marriage dissolved, she left France and took her sons and her waxworks to England; where she began displaying her lifelike artwork.

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The Ladies of Versailles

Born Jeanne Becu, she was a high class prostitute, eventually marrying her pimp's brother, Guillaume du Barry. The marriage afforded her a title, and made her a more appropriate consort for the King. She claimed royal heritage where there was none and was loathed by Marie Antoinette. Upon Louis XV's death from smallpox, she was exiled from Versailles.

An original photo bought in San Franciso about 15 years ago. It's a classic image of Lotta Crabtree smoking a cigar. She was a major singer-actress in the 1880s earning up to 5K a week and when she died in 1924 she left an estate worth 4 million. She donated a fountain to San Fran at Market & Kearny where people meet to mark the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake. #Victorian #celebrities #women #portraits

Edna Lewis (b.1916 - d.2006) was an African-American chef and author best known for her books on traditional Southern cuisine. She was one of eight children. Her cookbooks include The Edna Lewis Cookbook (1972). This was followed by The Taste of Country Cooking in 1976, considered a classic study of Southern cooking. She co-founded the Society for the Revival and Preservation of Southern Food, a precursor to the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA). She died in Decatur, Georgia in 2006, aged 89.

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10 of the Biggest Lies in History

The real Anastasia Romanov, left, was 17 when she was executed in 1918 so that the Bolsheviks could ensure there was no resurgence of the Royals in Russia. Anna Anderson, right, claimed to be her in 1920- a famous case of 'identity theft'. She convinced some and even tried to cash in. She stuck to her story till her death in 1984! But the discovery of DNA changed cases like this. By 2009 the royal graves had been found and DNA tests exposed a decades old lie.

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The 11 Absolute Weirdest True Facts About The French Revolution

louis xvi-Louis XVI, also known as Louis Capet, was King of France from 1774 until his deposition in 1792, although his formal title after 1791 was King of the French. He was executed during the French Revolution.

Louis XVII was the son of King Louis XVI of France and Queen Marie Antoinette. In keeping with dynastic order, when his father was executed on 21 January 1793, during the of French Revolution, he became the uncrowned King of France and Navarre in the eyes of the royalists. As he had been imprisoned, he was never officially crowned as king, nor did he rule. His title is rather one bestowed by his royalist supporters and by Louis XVIII's adoption of the title Louis XVIII rather than Louis…

Mary Queen of Scots, aged 19, in white mourning to mark the loss of three members of her immediate family within a period of 18 months. Her father-in-law Henry II died in July 1559; her mother Mary of Guise died in Scotland in June 1560; and in December of the same year her husband Francis II died. Mary, no longer Queen of France, returned to Scotland in August 1561. Wearing white was the official sign of mourning worn by women of royal blood or high-ranking courtiers.

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Curious People : The Beginnings of Marie Tussaud

Marie Tussaud was arrested and taken to the Bastille for being a royalist supporter. Her head was shaven, a custom before being taken to the guillotine, but was pardoned. She was forced to do not only one of the more curious acts in history, but one of the most morbid. She was employed to make death masks. The first were of course the most obvious: Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Memorial to Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette ~ by E. Gaulle & P. Petitot - St Denis Basilica, burial place of nearly every French king from 10th-18th c. During the Revolution, bodies were removed, dumped in large pits & dissolved with lime (Marie & Louis had been buried at La Madeleine). In 1815 meager remains of Louis & Marie (reputedly) were returned. In 1817 the mass graves were opened & co-mingled remains placed in an ossuary in St. Denis - marble plates list the 100s of names. [1st of 2…

WOMEN IN HIDING: James Barry was a woman disguised as man in order to study medicine. Admitted to Edinburgh University in 1809. After graduation, was assigned to various British colonies and noted for "his" care & struggle to improve the standard of life of patients. Died in 1865, after 46 years working as an army medical officer. Was then when her real identity, MARGARET ANN BULKLEY, was discovered. Among her many achievements she was the first British surgeon to perform a successful…