|Birthname||Gaston Alfred Louis Leroux|
|born on||6 May 1868 at 09:00 (= 09:00 AM )|
|Place||Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20|
|Timezone||LMT m2e20 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||16°04' 11°03 Asc. 24°07'|
French journalist and author of detective fiction.
In the English-speaking world, he is best known for writing the novel The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, 1911), which has been made into several film and stage productions of the same name, notably the 1925 film starring Lon Chaney; and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical.
He inherited millions of francs and lived wildly until he nearly reached bankruptcy. Subsequently in 1890, he began working as a court reporter and theater critic for L'Écho de Paris. His most important journalism came when he began working as an international correspondent for the Paris newspaper Le Matin. In 1905, he was present at, and covered, the Russian Revolution.
Another case he was present at involved the investigation and in-depth coverage of the former Paris Opera (presently housing the Paris Ballet). The basement contained a cell that held prisoners of the Paris Commune.
He suddenly left journalism in 1907, and began writing fiction. In 1909, he and Arthur Bernède formed their own film company, Société des Cinéromans to publish novels simultaneously and turn them into films. He first wrote a mystery novel entitled Le mystère de la chambre jaune (1908; The Mystery of the Yellow Room), starring the amateur detective Joseph Rouletabille. Leroux's contribution to French detective fiction is considered a parallel to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's in the United Kingdom and Edgar Allan Poe's in the United States.
He died in Nice on 15 April 1927, aged 58.
Gauquelin vol 6
Sy Scholfield confirms data from birth certificate no. 1979 from the online Paris municipal archives (10th arr., image 10/31): "neuf heures du matin" (nine o'clock in the morning). Marriage data in margin. Copy on file.
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
- Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Inheritance
- Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
- Vocation : Writers : Critic (Theatre)
- Vocation : Writers : Detective/ Mystery