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In Celebration of the 250th Birthday of Madame Tussaud,
Madame Tussauds Hollywood Welcomes
National Bestselling Author Michelle Moran
for the Launch of MADAME TUSSAUD: A Novel of the French Revolution
On February 15, 2011, Madame Tussauds Hollywood will host the premier book launch event for MADAME TUSSAUD: A Novel of the French Revolution (Crown Publishers; February 15, 2011; $25.00). Written by national bestselling author Michelle Moran, MADAME TUSSAUD tells the story of the French Revolution as seen through the eyes of Marie Grosholtz, the woman who would come to be known around the world as Madame Tussaud. December 2011 marks the 250th birthday of Madame Tussaud, and Madame Tussauds Hollywood welcomes Moran to the first of many celebratory events in this milestone year.
Based on extensive research into the factual events of Marie’s life, in MADAME TUSSSAUD Moran brings readers to Paris in the year 1788, where there is whispered talk of revolution. While the aristocracy enjoys wealth and fortune, for the poor bread can only be had on the black market, and men sell their teeth to put food on their tables. Marie enjoys a comfortable life, thanks to her skill in creating wax figures. At her stepfather’s famed wax museum, the Salon de Cire, she has been with some of the most influential people of her day—Desmoulins, Benjamin Franklin, and Robespierre—to craft their likenesses. Word of her gift travels quickly, and soon the royal family comes to pay Marie a visit. Impressed by her work, Marie is invited to court, where she tutors the king’s sister, Princesse Élisabeth, in wax sculpting. Living at Versailles, Marie experiences the opulence of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, but the fairy tale abruptly comes to a halt when the rumors of revolution quickly turn into all-out war.All over Paris, people are being sentenced to death by guillotine on ridiculous charges. For her relationship with the monarchy, Marie is on the list of “traitors,” but the revolutionaries allow her to live on one horrifying condition: that she use her gift to create the death masks of the beheaded aristocracy. Spanning five years, MADAME TUSSAUD takes readers from the beginnings of the revolution to its horrific end as seen through the eyes of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.
The MADAME TUSSSAUD launch event will take place from 11:00 am–1:00 pm at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, located at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA. From 11:00 am–12:30 pm, Moran will be signing copies of MADAME TUSSSAUD at the box office, and at 12:30 pm will proceed to the Awards room, where she will discuss the novel and answer audience questions. In a special promotion, Madame Tussauds Hollywood is offering free admission to on February 15 to anyone who presents a copy of MADAME TUSSSAUD at the box office that day.