Marie Tussaud (1761-1850) is famous today for the museum of wax
figures that bears her name in London, England. She founded it in 1835 on Baker
Street, and some of the figures she created can still be admired today.
first wax portrait was that of the philosopher Voltaire; after that, she
created many more of contemporary figures, attracting great fame and
admiration. She barely escaped the French Revolution with her life, and created
death masks of many of its most famous victims, such as Robespierre or Marie
Antoinette. The museum she founded is now one of London’s top tourist