Alphonse Laveran, Charles Louis b. June 18, 1845 d. May 18, 1922 Medical Pioneer, Nobel Prize Laureate Scientist. He received the first French Nobel Prize for Physiology (in the category of Medicine) in 1907 for his work on protozoa in causing diseases. He used half of the Prize money to found the Laboratory of Tropical Medicine at the Pasteur Institute. While visiting the malarial areas of France, he became the first scientist to express the view that the malarial parasite must be found outside the human body. This idea would later aid other scientists...[Read More] (Bio by: Justiciero) Cimetière de Montparnasse, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France Plot: Division 17 Ligne 10 Est Tombe 2 Sud
Arnaud, Michele b. March 18, 1919 d. March 30, 1998 Jazz Singer. She was born in Toulon, France. She was the first singer of Serge Gainsbourg's compositions. She is best remembered for her songs "Démons et Merveilles," "Julie," "L'Acteur," "Le Bateau Spagnol," "La Rue S'Allume," "Le Tendre et Dangereux Visage de l'Amour," "Marie d'Aquitaine," "Où Va la Chance?" and "Ne Vous Mariez Pas, Les Filles." She was known as "l'intelectuelle de la chanson." (The intellectual of the song). Also, she developed a career as documentary director. Her real name...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimetière de Montparnasse, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France Plot: Division 7, Line 2 North, 12 West, Concession Number 133P1998
Aron, Raymond b. March 14, 1905 d. October 17, 1983 Philosopher, Sociologist. After attending the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, he studied Philosophy at the Universities of Cologne and Berlin. In 1938, he obtained a degree in French Language and Literature. In Paris he met Jean Paul Sartre, with whom, at the end of the Second World War, founded the magazine Les Temps Modernes. He was an expert of Marxist philosophy. His career was mainly devoted to the teaching of Philosophy and Sociology at several universities in France, but he had enough...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Cimetière de Montparnasse, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France Plot: Division 24.
Atlan, Jean-Michel b. January 23, 1913 d. February 12, 1960 Poet, Artist. Born in Constantine, French Algeria. Leaving Istanbul in 1930 to study philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris where he also worked as a teacher afterwards. Jean-Michael and his family were jewish. During the occupation, Jean-Michel lost his teaching license and lived in poverty in Montparnasse. During that time he taught himself painting. Due to his contribution to the Résistance, the artist was arrested in 1942 and interned in the Saint-Anne hospital for two years after he had...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Cause of death: Cancer Cimetière de Montparnasse, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Aumont, Tina b. February 14, 1946 d. October 28, 2006 Actress. Born Maria Christina Aumont into a family of French-Jewish and Dominican descent, her father was actor Jean-Pierre Aumont, her mother was actress Maria Montez. Her mother died when Tina was five years old. She spent much of her childhood with various relatives and after her father married actress Marisa Pavan, Tina was sent to live in a Swiss boarding school. In 1963 at the age of seventeen, she married French actor Christian Marquand (19 years her senior) and divorced him four years...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cause of death: Pulmonary embolism Cimetière de Montparnasse, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Auric, Georges b. February 15, 1899 d. July 23, 1983 Composer. He was a member of "Les Six", a group of irreverent Parisian musicians who rebelled against Romanticism and Impressionism in the years after World War I. Today he is best remembered as one of France's ablest creators of film music. Auric was born in Lodeve, southern France, and raised in Montpellier, where he began music studies. Between 1913 and 1916 he attended the Paris Conservatory and studied composition with Vincent d'Indy at the Schola Cantorum, gaining a reputation as...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimetière de Montparnasse, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Auzou, Pauline b. March 24, 1775 d. May 15, 1835 Artist. Born Jeanne-Marte-Catherine Desmarquets, she was a successful French Neoclassic painter who made her mark as one of the few women artists who excelled in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1802 she studied at French artist Jean-Baptiste Regnault's studio and painted legendary nude Greek figures, unheard of for a female artist. In 1791 she exhibited her works at the Paris Salon, the first year it was made available to female artists, and married Charles-Marie Auzou in 1793...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cimetière de Montparnasse, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Bakhtiar, Shapour b. June 26, 1914 d. August 6, 1991 Prime Minister, Leader. Son of Mohammad Reza and Naz-Baygom and born in the Bakhtiari region of Iran. His maternal grandfather, Najaf-Gholi Samsam ol-Saltaneh, was appointed prime minister twice: in 1912 and 1918. Shapour's mother died when he was seven years old. His father was executed by Reza Shah in 1934 while Shapour was studying in Paris. He returned to Iran and remained there for two years, he then left for France in 1936, where he earned degrees in political science, philosophy and law...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Cause of death: Assassinated in his home. Cimetière de Montparnasse, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France Plot: Division 8.
Baldaccini, César b. January 1, 1921 d. December 6, 1998 Artist and Sculptor. Born in Marseille, his studies were at the Marseille academy from 1935 to 1939 and at the Paris academy from 1943 to 1947. He began making sculptures by welding together pieces of scrap metal in 1952 and first made his reputation with solid welded sculptures of insects, various kinds of animals, and nudes. His first exhibition was at the Galerie Lucien Durand, Paris, in 1954. He astonished his followers by showing three crushed cars at a Paris exhibition. It was for these '...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Cimetière de Montparnasse, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France Plot: Division 3
Bartholdi, Frédéric Auguste b. August 2, 1834 d. October 4, 1904 French sculptor renowned for his monumental works, the most famous being the Statue of Liberty. Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was born at Colmar, in Alsace, France, on April 2, 1834. At first he studied painting, but soon abandoned it for sculpture under the influence of the Parisian, Jean Francois Soitoux, working from the very first on a colossal scale and with architectural effects. When Bartholdi was 20 years old he traveled in Egypt and studied Egyptian art. He made a second trip to Egypt in...[Read More] (Bio by: Edward Parsons) Cause of death: Tuberculosis Cimetière de Montparnasse, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France Plot: Division 28
Bastie, Maryse b. February 27, 1898 d. July 6, 1952 Aviatrix. Born Marie-Louise Bombec in Limoges, France, her father died when she was eleven and she went to work in a shoe factory. An early first marriage failed, leaving her a son. A second marriage to Louis Bastié, a First World War pilot instilled in her a fascination with flight and she became a determined student. Her husband died in an air crash in 1926 and she made her living at aerobatics. Over the next few years she set several international records for female aviators including for...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cimetière de Montparnasse, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Baudelaire, Charles b. April 9, 1821 d. August 31, 1867 French Poet. Known as "the father of modern criticism." Charles Baudelaire was born in Paris, where he lived most of his life. His father was a sixty-year-old ex-priest and widower when he married his mother orphan who was twenty-six. His father died in 1827. His stepfather, who became a senator, died in 1857. Baudelaire worshipped his mother. He was sent to boarding school. He studied at the College Royal in Lyon from 1832 to 1836 and Grand school in Paris from 1836 to 1839, from where he was...[Read More] (Bio by: Jelena) Cause of death: Cancer Cimetière de Montparnasse, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France Plot: Division 6. GPS coordinates: 48.8401489, 2.3249300 (hddd.dddd)
Beauvoir, Simone de b. January 9, 1908 d. April 14, 1986 French writer, philosopher, feminist. She has come to be seen as the mother of post-1968 feminism. Philosophical writings linked to Sartrian existentialism. Best known for her work The Second Sex (1949) which contained detailed analysis of women's oppression. Other major works: The Guest (1943); Memoires d'une jeune fille range (1958). Cimetière de Montparnasse, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France Plot: Division 20.
Becker, Jacques b. September 15, 1906 d. February 21, 1960 Motion-Picture Director. He was a leading post-World War II French filmaker. His work is atmospheric, technically brilliant, and penetrating in its attention to psychological detail. Many consider his crime dramas "Hands Off the Loot" (1954) and "The Hole" (1960) his best films, while others prefer his lush period love story "The Golden Helmet" (1952). Becker's other films include "It Happened at the Inn" (1943), "Antoine and Antoinette" (1947), Rendezvous in July" (1949), "Ali Baba" (...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimetière de Montparnasse, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France Plot: Division 22.