Bourbon, Marie (Princesse de Conti) Anne de b. October 2, 1666 d. May 3, 1739 French Aristocracy. Born Marie Anne de Bourbon at Vincennes, France, the illegitimate daughter of Louis XIV of France and his mistress Louise de la Baume le Blanc, Duchesse de la Vallière, one of at least eight illigitamate children born to the king and his mistresses over the course of his reign. She was legitimized by letter-license in May 1667, apparently because her father had her in mind as a bride for his cousin the Duke of Savoy, the family however, refused the proposal due to her...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Church of Saint-Roch, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Carven, Marie-Louise b. August 31, 1909 d. June 8, 2015 Fashion Designer. Long a grande dame of Parisian haute couture, she is remembered as the first to create high fashion for short ladies. Born Carmen de Tommaso, she was told by her mother that her short stature (5'1") would prevent her from ever being considered 'sophisticated' and thus studied architecture and interior design at Paris' Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Still, she had ambitions to enter the fashion arena and, encouraged by her aunt Josy Boyriven, opened her tiny first boutique in 1941...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Church of Saint-Roch, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
de la Falaise, Loulou b. May 4, 1948 d. November 5, 2011 Fashion Figure. Best known as the longtime muse of Yves Saint Laurent (YSL), she designed significant creations in her own right. Born Louise Vera Lucia Henriette Le Bailly de la Falaise, she was raised initially in a series of foster homes after her parents divorced in 1950 and her mother was declared unfit. Begining in 1955 Loulou attended boarding schools in Sussex, England, then Switzerland, and finally America though she proved to be a rather difficult girl who managed to get herself...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Church of Saint-Roch, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France
de la Falaise, Maxime b. June 25, 1922 d. April 29, 2009 High Fashion Figure. A model of note, she later became a designer, author, and actress. Born Maxine Birley, she was raised in Hampstead by a noble but eccentric family, her father Sir Oswald a respected portrait painter and her Irish mother Rhoda a noted artist, gardener and cook, she traveled the world with her family, became fluent in French, and briefly served in World War II as a Bletchley Park code breaker, causing a bit of comment by having her uniforms tailored at a top fashion house...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Church of Saint-Roch, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Diderot, Denis b. October 5, 1713 d. July 31, 1784 Philosopher, Author. A voluminous writer, he was a driving force amongst the thinkers of the French Enlightenment, and one of the leading contributors to the Encyclopaedia. Supported by Catherine the Great of Russia, he went to live for some years in St. Petersburg. Also wrote vivid social satires. (Bio by: David Conway) Church of Saint-Roch, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France Plot: Unknown location in church; body displaced during French Revolution
l'Épée, Charles Michel Abbé de b. November 25, 1712 d. December 26, 1789 Educator. Known as the "Father of the Deaf" he is remembered as one of the founding fathers of deaf education and established the first public school for the deaf. Born into a wealthy family, he originally studied to become a Catholic priest but was denied ordination because he refused to renounce Jansenism, a popular French heresy at the time. He decided to pursue a career in law but was denied a license after being admitted to the bar. He then focused on charity work for the poor in Paris...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Church of Saint-Roch, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
O'Murphy, Mary-Louise 'Louison' b. October 21, 1737 d. December 11, 1814 Artist's Model, Folk Figure. Popularly called "Louison" and "Morphise", she was a noted child courtesain of her day and one of the many mistresses of King Louis XV, though today she is known as the subject of one of the most provocative and controversial works in the artistic canon. Born Mary-Louise O'Murphy de Boisfaily, she was the child of an Irish father and a convicted prostitute French mother and was moved to Paris following her father's death around 1850. According to legend she was seen...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Church of Saint-Roch, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Thiry (Dietrich), Paul-Henri (Paul Heinrich) b. December 8, 1723 d. January 21, 1789 French philosopher, he was one of the Encyclopedists. He was born in Palatinate, Germany but grew up in Paris, France. He became a member of a group literary men that included Diderot, Helvétius, Condorcet, and Rousseau. He was a supporter of naturalistic and materialistic views and was a vigorous opponent of Christianity and all positive forms of religion. His best-known work is Système de la nature which he wrote in 1770 and had a great impact on the philosophy that there is nothing but...[Read More] (Bio by: Lisa) Church of Saint-Roch, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France Plot: Unknown location in church; body dislocated during French revolution.