Duplessis, Marie

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Duplessis, Marie Gender: F
Plessis, Alphonsine
born on 15 January 1824 at 20:00 (= 8:00 PM )
Place Nonant le Pin, France, 48n42, 0e13
Timezone LMT m0e13 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 24°43' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 17°01 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 03°59'

Marie Duplessis


French courtesan, the best-dressed woman in Paris, a trend-setter, a celebrity.

Marie was a peasant girl from Normandy, the daughter of a man who was ill-natured, vicious, hard and debauched. Her mother had left him, abandoning her two daughters. Her grandmother had been a beggar and prostitute. At 14 Marie turned up in Paris, starving, dirty and in rags. She started to work as a ‘’grisette’’ (dressmaking, sewing, embroidery, braiding). She soon found a restaurant-keeper who set her up in a little flat. Her beauty quickly caught the eye of a rich young nobleman – the Comte de Guiche, then aged 20 – and from then on she was launched on her career.

Marie was kept in luxury by a number of rich lovers, mostly members of the newly-founded Jockey Club, the lions and dandies of Parisian society. Her substantial bills were paid by Count Gustav Stackelberg, a retired Russian diplomat, who was then 80-years-old. She had a natural refinement, distinction and good taste, both in appearance and behavior. When she arrived in Paris she could only sign her name but she soon learned to write correctly, to ride, to dance, and play the piano, to behave like a great lady.

Her library was quite extensive. It consisted mainly of the romantics - but also included Molière, Cervantes and other literary names. Above all, Marie learned to talk well, and this was perhaps her principal charm – men enjoyed her company and her wit.

About a year before her death, she went to London with one of her protectors of long standing, the Vicomte Edouard de Perrégaux. They were married in Kensington Register Office in February 1846, and then returned to France. Both seem to have regretted this marriage, which was probably not legal in France. They never lived together as husband and wife, and Marie did not use her husband's name, although she did sometimes use his title and coat of arms. She died of consumption on 2/03/1847, Paris.

The classic novel ‘’La Dame aux Camélias’’ by Alexandre Dumas (son) is based on his love affair with Marie Duplessis and Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘’La Traviata’’ was based on Dumas’ novel.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Relationship : Marriage February 1846 (Only marriage Edourd de Perregaux)
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  • Death by Disease 3 February 1847 (Tuberculosis age 23)
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Source Notes

Birth certificate in Didier Geslain archive, 'p_q' pdf file, p. 149.

Same data: Petitallot quotes B.C., Cadran No. 41, May 1997


  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Lung (Consumption, terminal)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Mother abandoned daughters)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Trend-setter, best-dressed)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Left home early less than 18 (Age 14)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Extremes in quantity (Many lovers)
  • Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 23)
  • Vocation : Sex Business : Courtesan/ Escort (Courtesan)
  • Vocation : Misc. : Tailor/Seamstress (Dressmaking, hand sewing, initially)