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    Madame Tussauds is a wax museum in London with branches in a number of major cities.
    It was founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud and was formerly known as "Madame Tussaud's",
    but the apostrophe is no longer used (though it still appears in some signage at
    the New York location).[3] Madame Tussauds is a major tourist attraction in London,
    displaying waxworks of historical and royal figures, film stars, sports stars and famous murderers.


     

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    Marie Tussaud, born Anna Maria Grosholtz (1761–1850), was born in Strasbourg, France.
    Her mother worked as a housekeeper for Dr. Philippe Curtius in Bern, Switzerland,
    who was a physician skilled in wax modelling. Curtius taught Tussaud the art of wax modelling.

    Tussaud created her first wax figure, of Voltaire, in 1777.
    Other famous people she modelled at that time include Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin.
    During the French Revolution she modelled many prominent victims.
    In her memoirs she claims that she would search through corpses to find the decapitated heads
    of executed citizens, from which she would make death masks. Her death masks were held up as
    revolutionary flags and paraded through the streets of Paris. Following the doctor's death in 1794,
    she inherited his vast collection of wax models and spent the next 33 years travelling around Europe.
    Her marriage to François Tussaud in 1795 lent a new name to the show: Madame Tussauds. In 1802,
    she went to London. As a result of the Franco-British war, she was unable to return to France,
    so she travelled throughout Great Britain and Ireland exhibiting her collection. For a time,
    it was displayed at the Lyceum Theatre. From 1831 she took a series of short leases on the
    "Baker Street Bazaar" (on the west side of Baker Street between Dorset Street and King Street),
    which featured in the Druce Portland Case sequence of trials of 1898-1907.
    This became Tussaud's first permanent home in 1836.[4]

    By 1835 Marie had settled down in Baker Street, London, and opened a museum.

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    One of the main attractions of her museum was the Chamber of Horrors. This part of the exhibition included victims of the French Revolution and newly created figures of murderers and other criminals. The name is often credited to a contributor to Punch in 1845, but Marie appears to have originated it herself, using it in advertising as early as 1843.

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