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Madame Helvétius

Played by Judith Magre

Anne-Catherine de Ligniville d'Autricourt married the philosopher Helvétius in 1751. She was a descendant of Austrian nobility known by her married name, Madame Helvétius. Outgoing, exuberant and earthy, she maintained a salon which featured many of the great figures of the Enlightenment for over five decades.