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    Anna Maria "Marie" Tussaud (1 December 1761 – 16 April 1850) was a French born artist, who became known for her wax sculptures and Madame Tussauds, the wax museum that she founded in London.

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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 theo guillotine.

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    Wiki: Anna Maria Tussaud (1 December 1761 – 16 April 1850) was an artist known for her wax sculptures and Madame Tussaud's, the wax museum she founded in London." To show her allegiance to the Revolution Madame Tussaud was forced to make death masks of the aristocracy who had been guillotined (which included the King and Marie Antoinette). Read more:

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