|FORTUNE TELLER (FRANCE)|
BORN 27 May 1772, Alençon, Orne - DIED 25 Jun 1843, Paris|
BIRTH NAME Lenormand, Marie Anne Adelaide
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 03, ligne 04, AF, 17)
Marie Lenormand was the daughter of the draper Jean Louis Antoine Lenormand. she became an orphan when she was five years old and she grew up in a convent school. In 1786 she left Alençon for Paris. She started a career as a fortune teller under the name of La Sybille du Faubourg Saint-Germain. She gave cartomantic advice to many famus people, among them Marat and Robespierre. Shortly before Joséphine de Beauharnais met Napoleon she visited Marie, who told her that she would be 'more than a queen'.
Her predictions resulted in imprisonment several times and in 1809 she was banished. From Brussels she predicted the fall of Napoleon. In 1814 she started a literary career, but the texts she publisehd caused public controversies. when she died in Paris in 1843 she left a fortune of 500,000 Frans.
worked for Beauharnais, Joséphine de
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Marie Anne Lenormand - Wikipedia