|SALONIÈRE, AUTHOR (FRANCE)|
BORN 23 Jul 1722, Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle - DIED 12 Aug 1800, Paris: Auteuil|
REAL NAME Ligniville, Anne-Catherine de
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Auteuil Cimetière, Rue Claude Lorrain, Auteuil (Division 5)
Anne-Catherine de Ligniville was one of the many children of Jean-Jacques de Ligniville, who was chamberlain of the duc de Lorraine. She was a niece of the author Françoise de Graffigny (1695-1758). In 1751 she married the philosopher Claude Adrien Helvétius.
During the five decades that followed she had a salon where she received many celebrities. Among her visitors were Suzanne Necker, Condorcet, Diderot, Mirabeau, Thomas Jefferson, Talleyrand, Madame de Roland, Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon.
Her husband died in 1771. She lived until 1800 and died in 1800 in Auteuil, Paris. She was buried at the Auteuil Cemetery where her grave can still be found. Although her gravestone states that she was born in 1719, she was born in 1722 according to her birth certificate.
was visited by Franklin, Benjamin
was visited by Gérard, François, baron
was visited by Napoleon I Bonaparte