Leroux, Gaston

BORN 6 May 1868, Paris: rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin - DIED 16 May 1927, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes: Cimiez
CAUSE OF DEATH urinary tract infection
GRAVE LOCATION Nice, Alpes-Maritimes: Cimetière du Château (petite statue à gauche en entrant)

Gaston Leroux started working as a journalist in 1890. From 1894 to 1906 he travelled over the world as a correspondent for "Le Matin". In 1905 he reported on the Russian Revolution. In 1907 he turned to writing detective fiction and his "Le mystère de la chambre jaune" (1907) was his first success.

His novel "Le Fantôme de l'Opéra" (1910) was little successful and only attracted attention when a movie was based on it in 1925. The musical version from 1986 by Andrew Lloyd Webber was a huge success. In 1908 he moved to Menton and in 1909 to Nice. In 1909 he was made a Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur. He died in Cimiez in 1927.


The grave of Gaston Leroux at the Cimetière du Château, Nice.
Picture by Androom (29 Nov 2008)


• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des tombes d'hommes célèbres, Le Cherche Midi, Paris, 2003
Gaston Leroux - Wikipedia

Leslie, Charles

Published: 28 Mar 2010
Last update: 29 Apr 2022