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Benedict Cumberbatch wax figure unveiled at Madame Tussauds London

Benedict Cumberbatch wax figure unveiled at Madame Tussauds London

LONDON, Oct. 21 (UPI) --A wax statue of British actor Benedict Cumberbatch was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London Tuesday morning.
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Selena Gomez immortalized in wax by Madame Tussauds

Selena Gomez immortalized in wax by Madame Tussauds

NEW YORK, Aug. 7 (UPI) --A new Selena Gomez wax figure was unveiled Thursday at Madame Tussauds in New York.
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Benedict Cumberbatch to be immortalized by Madame Tussauds

Benedict Cumberbatch to be immortalized by Madame Tussauds

LONDON, July 21 (UPI) --Madame Tussauds is working on a wax statue of British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.
Veronica Linares
Justin Bieber's wax figure is being taken down by Madame Tussauds

Justin Bieber's wax figure is being taken down by Madame Tussauds

NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Madame Tussauds wax museum has announced they will be taking down their wax figure of pop star Justin Bieber.
Aileen Graef
Betty White wax figure on loan from Madame Tussauds Hollywood to D.C.

Betty White wax figure on loan from Madame Tussauds Hollywood to D.C.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Betty White's wax figure is being temporarily moved from Madame Tussauds Hollywood to the attraction's Washington, D.C., location.
Heat forces One Direction's wax figures to be brought inside

Heat forces One Direction's wax figures to be brought inside

NEW YORK, July 17 (UPI) -- The unveiling of One Direction's Madame Tussauds wax figures will take place inside the museum due to the heat wave grilling New York, organizers said.

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Wax Obamas take inauguration tour

Wax Obamas take inauguration tour

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Madame Tussauds' Washington wax museum took figures of President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle on a bus tour Thursday to celebrate the inauguration.
Tussauds to open Presidents' Gallery

Tussauds to open Presidents' Gallery

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. says it will soon open a gallery featuring the wax likenesses all 44 American Presidents.
Tussauds planning Jackson tribute

Tussauds planning Jackson tribute

WASHINGTON, June 22 (UPI) -- Madame Tussauds says wax figures of U.S. pop star Michael Jackson are being prominently featured at its attractions to mark the first anniversary of his death.
Tussauds bringing Tupac & Biggie together

Tussauds bringing Tupac & Biggie together

WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- Wax figures of slain rap rivals Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls are to be posed together for three months at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.
Tussauds to mark Reagan's 100th birthday

Tussauds to mark Reagan's 100th birthday

HOLLYWOOD, May 6 (UPI) -- Madame Tussauds Hollywood says it is already working on a new Ronald Reagan wax figure to mark the late U.S. President's 100th birthday next February.
Tussauds gets wax statue of Selena Gomez

Tussauds gets wax statue of Selena Gomez

WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) -- Madame Tussauds says it plans to unveil its wax sculpture of teen actress and singer Selena Gomez at its Washington location.
Universal unveils new Conan wax statue

Universal unveils new Conan wax statue

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A new wax figure of talk-show host Conan O'Brien, created by Madame Tussauds, has become a permanent feature at Universal Studios Hollywood.
New York equity firm to purchase SeaWorld

New York equity firm to purchase SeaWorld

NEW YORK, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- New York private equity firm Blackstone Group said it had agreed to buy Busch Entertainment Corp. from Anheuser-Busch InBev for $2.7 billion.
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Canadian singer Justin Bieber attends the unveiling of his new waxwork at Madame Tussauds in London on March 15, 2011. UPI/Rune Hellestad
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Madame Tussauds is a famous wax museum in London with branches in a number of major cities. It was set up by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud.

Marie Tussaud (1761–1850) was born Marie Grosholtz in Strasbourg, France. Her mother worked as a housekeeper for Dr. Philippe Curtius, who was a physician skilled in wax modelling. Curtius taught Tussaud the art of wax modelling. In 1765, Curtius made a waxwork of Marie-Jeanne du Barry, Louis XV's mistress. A cast of that mould is the oldest work currently on display. The first exhibition of Curtius' waxworks was shown in 1770, and attracted a large audience. The exhibition moved to the Palais Royal in Paris in 1776. He opened a second location on Boulevard du Temple in 1782, the "Caverne des Grands Voleurs", a precursor to the later Chamber of Horrors.

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. 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 Francois Tussaud in 1795 lent a new name to the show – Madame Tussauds. In 1802, she went to London. As a result of the Franco-English 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). This became Tussaud's first permanent home in 1836.

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