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The Writer’s Almanac for December 1, 2016: The Couple

Dec. 1, 2016: birthday: Madame Tussaud

It’s the birthday of the woman known as “Madame Tussaud,” whose wax museum, featuring eerily lifelike molds of celebrities, politicians, and historical figures, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe. In 1777, Marie Tussaud completed her first waxwork, a sculpture of the poet Voltaire. In short order, she also sculpted Benjamin Franklin and Jean Jacques-Rousseau.