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1. Known as "The Divine..." a century before Bette Midler claimed that title, this actress was also called "the most famous actress the world has ever known". Her stage career spanned the years 1862 till her death in 1923 and she was a pioneer movie performer, first appearing on film in 1900. Known for sleeping in a coffin (she said it helped her "connect" with her tragic roles), she's now interred in Père Lachaise. Who was this well known actress of the 19th century?
2. Félix Faure was president of France from 1895 until his death in 1899. During his eventful presidency the Franco-Russian Alliance was publicly announced (having previously been secret) and the Dreyfus Affair shot to prominence. But Faure is most remembered for the circumstances of his death. What brought Monsieur le President to his resting place at Père Lachaise?
3. Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, was a playwright and actor remembered for his numerous comedies and for his manner of death. Suffering from tuberculosis for much of his life, he broke into a coughing fit onstage, managed to complete the performance, but died later at home. Known by the stage name which appears on his Père Lachaise grave, who was Jean-Baptiste Poquelin?
4. Primarily known by her surname, this French writer and music hall performer is remembered for her novel "Gigi" and her unconventional love life. Who is this first woman to receive a state funeral in France?
5. Victor Noir is one of the less famous people interred at Père Lachaise. He was a journalist who died in 1870, shot while acting as second in a duel between his employer and the nephew of Napoleon III. Why, then, is Victor Noir's grave so often visited especially by women?
6. Shush! No talking around the grave of this famous French performer who passed away in 2007.
7. This French diplomat and developer is best remembered for his involvement in two of the world's greatest canals. One was an enormous success, the other an utter failure. Who was this French hero of the 19th century?
8. Accompanying his famous grandfather to represent the American colonies to the French throne, he assisted in negotiations leading to the Franco-American Alliance in 1778. Still only 21, he helped negotiate the Treaty of Paris which resulted in British recognition of American independence. He lived most of his life in France, speculating in real estate and editing his famous forebear's biography. Who was this early occupant of Père Lachaise?
9. These two Americans were influential members of the artistic cafe society in Paris. During the years between the world wars, they kept a famous salon at their apartment at 27 rue de Fleurus. The more junior of the couple served as her lover's secretary, editor and critic as well as having success of her own as a writer. She is probably best known for her 1954 "Cookbook" and a legendary recipe for brownies. Who were these literary originals who are buried in adjacent plots at Père Lachaise and share a headstone?
10. One of the best known French actors during the middle of the 20th century, he gained his greatest notoriety in the US when he had a well publicized affair with co-star Marilyn Monroe during filming of "Let's Make Love" in 1960. Who was this Italian-born actor and singer who was married to Academy Award winner Simone Signoret?
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