Abelard, Peter b. 1079 d. April 21, 1142 Religious Figure. His extensive correspondence with Heloise shed light on medieval French beliefs in romance, philosophy, and social mores. Born Peter le Pallet in the village of Pallet, about ten miles east of Nantes, in Brittany, France, he was the oldest son of a minor noble Breton family. His father encouraged him to study liberal arts and he excelled in philosophy, which at that time, consisted mostly of the logic of Aristotle and taught in Latin. Although he was encouraged to enter the...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France Plot: Division 7, #1
Acton, Abraham b. December 17, 1892 d. December 21, 1914 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Whitehaven, England, he served as a Private, in the 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment, British Army. On December 21, 1914, at Rouges Bancs, France, Private Acton with another solider, went out from their trench and rescued a wounded man who had been lying exposed against the enemy's trenches for 15 hours. On the same day they again left their trench under heavy fire to bring in another wounded man. He was later killed in actions at Festubert, France...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-l'Avoue, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: Le Touret Memorial, Panel 19 and 20 (No Known Grave)
Adam, Adolphe Charles b. July 24, 1803 d. May 3, 1856 Composer. He is best known for the ballet "Giselle" (1841) and the Christmas carol "O Holy Night" ("Cantique de Noel", 1847). His one-act comedy "Le chalet" (1834) is considered the first real French operetta. Adam was born in Paris, France, the son of an Alsatian pianist who tried to dissuade him from a musical career. He was an admittedly poor student at the Paris Conservatory, and after failing to win the "Prix de Rome" music scholarship, he worked as an organist and vaudeville songwriter...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimetiere de Montmartre, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France Plot: Division 5
Akerman, Chantal b. June 6, 1950 d. October 5, 2015 Filmmaker and Director. Akerman was a director whose observation of women’s inner lives, often using long takes, made her a pioneer in feminist and experimental filmmaking. Born to Polish Holocaust survivors, she was inspired to begin making films as a teenager after seeing Jean-Luc Godard’s 'Pierrot le Fou' (1965). Her first film, 'Saute Ma Ville' (Blow Up My City), was a 13-minute black-and-white short that she made at age 18. The film shows her singing and dancing about her kitchen, then...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Alain (Emile Chartier) b. March 3, 1868 d. June 2, 1951 French Philosopher. Born Émile-auguste Chartier in Mortagne, France, he entered lycée d'Alençon in 1881 and studied there for five years he then taught at lycées in a number of towns, including Rouen where he became involved in politics and began contributing a daily article to a radical newspaper. The articles attracted attention and they were collected and published in a 1908 work that came to be regarded as a classic. He contributed to several journals using his pseudonym, Alain. In defiance...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France Plot: Division 94, #3
Alboni, Marietta b. March 6, 1826 d. June 23, 1894 Opera Singer. Probably the premier contralto of mid 19th century Europe, she sang leading roles in virtually all the principal venues of her day. Born Maria Anna Marzia Alboni, she was raised in central Italy, had early vocal training with Antonio Bagioli, and later was to be a student of Gioachino Rossini, personally instructed by him in his works. Marietta's professional debut came at Bologna in 1842, though accounts differ as to whether she bowed as Orsini in Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia" or...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France Plot: Division 66
Algie, Wallace Lloyd b. June 10, 1891 d. October 11, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Ontario, Canada, he served as a Lieutenant in the 20th Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. On October 11, 1918, north east of Cambrai, France, Lieutenant Algie was with attacking troops which came under heavy German machine-gun fire from a village. Rushing forward with nine volunteers he shot the crew of an enemy machine-gun and then turned the gun on the enemy, enabling his party to reach the village. He rushed another machine-gun...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Niagara Cemetery, Iwuy, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: C.7.
Alkan, Charles-Valentin b. November 30, 1813 d. March 29, 1888 Composer, Classical Musician. Considered by many to be one of the finest pianists of his era, acknowledged as such by his friends and contemporaries Franz Liszt and Frederich Chopin. Highly eccentric, he withdrew from the public gaze for a number of years, but returned in the 1870s to display his still dazzling skills. He was also a strikingly original composer, writing works of rhythmic, harmonic and executive complexity which remain highly engaging ö notably his 'Symphony' and 'Concerto' (...[Read More] (Bio by: David Conway) Cause of death: crushed to death Cimetiere de Montmartre, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France Plot: 3rd division