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LOUISE CONTAT

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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 24 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LOUISE CONTAT FRANcOISE (176o-1813), French actress, made her debut at the Comedie Francaise in 1766 as Atalide in Bajazet. It was in comedy, however, that she made her first success, as Suzanne in Beaumarchais's Mariage de Figaro; and in several minor character parts, which she raised to the first importance, and as the soubrette in the plays of Moliere and Marivaux, she found opportunities exactly fitted to her talents. She retired in 1809 and married de Parny, nephew of the poet. Her sister Marie Emilie Contat (1769-1846), an admirable soubrette, especially as the pert servant drawn by Moliere and de Regnard, made her debut in 1784, and retired. in 1815.
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