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.

Marie Thérèse Charlotte de France aka Madame Royale aka Duchesse d’Angoulême. The first born child of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and the only one of her immediate family to survive the French Revolution. She is worth reading up on as she lead an interesting life, she single handedly stood up to Napoleon in 1814 & he paid her the compliment of calling her, " the only man in the family." Tumblr

Heads of Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Jacques-Rene Hebert, Fouquier Tinville, and Jean-Baptiste Carrier. Mme. Tussaud modeled the heads immediately after these gentlefolks were guillotined.

Fatima Massaquoi - An African Princess Who Stood Unafraid Among Nazis. Her autobiography is a one-of-a-kind perspective of an educated, empowered, world-traveling daughter of a royal family, which no one wanted to publish until now.

The ill fated Louis VXI and Family - Mme Tussaud's waxwork

Mary Queen of Scots 1542-1587 - (Mary Stuart or Mary I of Scotland) was queen regnant of Scotland. Mary spent most of her childhood in France whilst Scotland was ruled by regents, and in 1558, she married Francis, Dauphin of France. Vivacious, beautiful, and clever, Mary had a promising childhood. She was considered a pretty child and later, as a woman, strikingly attractive. She was a favourite with everyone, except Henry II's wife Catherine de' Medici.

Group portrait of four female members of the Ovici family, a family of Jewish dwarf entertainers known as the Lilliput Troupe, who, humiliated as 'entertainment', prodded and close to death, survived Auschwitz.

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), the writer, was famous for defending women's rights, as well as for her unconvential personal life. A frank biography published by her husband, William Godwin, after her death, which revealed, among other things, that she had borne a child out of wedlock, provoked outrage. Their daughter, Mary Shelley, wrote "Frankenstein".

Evita, First Lady of Argentina. A true rags to riches story. She grew up in poverty after her father abandoned her family. When she was 15 she moved to Buenos Aires to be an actress. Less than 10 years later Eva met & married Juan Peron who would eventually become the presdient of Argentina. Eva died of cancer when she was 33.

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Mary Surratt, 42, proprietor of a Maryland tavern and a Washington boarding house that served as meeting places and safe houses for Confederate spies and couriers. She was found guilty for her part in Lincoln's assassination. Pictured: Mary Surratt, the first woman ever put to death by the Federal Government.

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

Though she was often willful, spoiled and selfish when younger, Marie Antoinette was the epitome of courage, class and heroism after her capture in the French revolution.

The death mask of Mary Queen of Scots. She was executed by her cousin Elizabeth for treason.

❤ - Marie Therese Charlotte, Duchesse D’Angouleme, the only child of Marie Antoinette & Louis XVI to survive the French Revolution.

A portrait of the Duchesse Marie Therese d’Angoulême, daughter of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI by Robert Lefevre.

Death mask of Marie Antoinette by Marie Tussaud

Mary Smith, one of the first Black Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, 1970.

Victorian-Era Prostitutes. Just look at those bare legs. A scandal!

Jewelry was very important to high status individuals. Pearls were also a simple of purity which were Marie Antoinette's favorite.

Lina Cavalieri (1874 - 1944) was an Italian opera singer known as the "world's most beautiful woman." Orphaned at the age of 15, she went to Paris where she took voice lessons, and made her opera debut in 1900. She married four times. After retiring from opera, Cavalieri ran a cosmetic salon in Paris, published a book, made motion pictures, and worked as a WWII volunteer nurse. She and her forth husband were killed during an Allied bombing raid in 1944.