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joated

Wow! That's akin to learning the GI Joe dolls, excuse me, action figures were modeled after a real person.

gail

Anyone else think she looks a bit like Jean Marsh?

Jake

That pic of Annie looks like he was rode hard and put away wet...

Belinda

I believe it was a cooked up tale for lord knows what purpose...money...fame...infamy. Who doesn't love a romantic story?:

A German researcher claims to have followed the "trail" of L'inconnue, eventually finding the factory where the plaster casts were made, and the unknown herself - alive and well - the daughter of a very ingenious manufacturer. Another daughter of a craftsman - this time of a Parisian who made plaster casts, stated that her father said it was impossible to make such a mask from a corpse, and that the original was a model from the studio. (especially, no offense, of the bloated corpse of a drowned person).

Even the year of death cannot be agreed upon. Many sources list the date of death as 1900, despite the fact that she first appeared in literature in 1900 (the book: "The Worshipper of the Image" was written some years before, putting the mask into existence before then), but some researchers claim the hairstyle puts her death at least 40 years earlier.

Another account:
Claire Forestier, a family member of the Lorenzi family, who were responsible for the creation of the original, believes that the model was not dead when the cast was taken. She works in the family modeling workshop, and says that a dead body from a river would not have such clear features.

sources:
http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1804948
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inconnue_de_la_Seine

Belinda

I believe it was a cooked up tale for lord knows what purpose...money...fame...infamy. Who doesn't love a romantic story?:

A German researcher claims to have followed the "trail" of L'inconnue, eventually finding the factory where the plaster casts were made, and the unknown herself - alive and well - the daughter of a very ingenious manufacturer. Another daughter of a craftsman - this time of a Parisian who made plaster casts, stated that her father said it was impossible to make such a mask from a corpse, and that the original was a model from the studio. (especially, no offense, of the bloated corpse of a drowned person).

Even the year of death cannot be agreed upon. Many sources list the date of death as 1900, despite the fact that she first appeared in literature in 1900 (the book: "The Worshipper of the Image" was written some years before, putting the mask into existence before then), but some researchers claim the hairstyle puts her death at least 40 years earlier.

Another account:
Claire Forestier, a family member of the Lorenzi family, who were responsible for the creation of the original, believes that the model was not dead when the cast was taken. She works in the family modeling workshop, and says that a dead body from a river would not have such clear features.

sources:
http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1804948
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inconnue_de_la_Seine

Julie

Whether it's true or not, it's a wonderful story.

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