Desbordes-Valmore, Marceline

BORN 20 Jun 1786, Douai, Nord - DIED 23 Jul 1859, Paris: 59 rue de Rivoli
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 26)

After her father's business was ruined during the French Revolution she travelled with her mother to Guadeloupe where a distant relative lived. Her mother died of yellow fever and she returned to Douai in France. Aged sixteen she started a career on the stage.

In 1817 she married the actor Prosper Lanchantin-Valmore, her second husband. In 1819 her first volume of poetry "Élégies et Romances" was published. In 1821 her work of prose "Veillées des Antilles" followed.

She continued her acting career in Paris and in Brussels, where she appeared at the Théâtre de la Monnaie. In 1823 she left the stage. She befriended Honoré de Balzac who stated that she inspired Bette in his "La Cousine Bette".

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The grave of Marceline Desbordes-Valmore at the Cimetière Montmartre, Paris.
Picture by Androom (20 Feb 2016)


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Published: 30 Oct 2016
Last update: 19 Apr 2022