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Alexandre Dumas Poster

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Born in Villers-Cotterêts, Aisne, France
Died in Puys, Seine-Maritime, France  (stroke)
Birth NameDumas Davy de la Pailleterie

Mini Bio (1)

His paternal grandparents were Marie Cessete Dumas (a Haitian slave) and Marquis Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie. Antoine disapproved of their son, Thomas-Alexandre, joining the French army under the "Davy de la Pailleterie" name, so Thomas-Alexandre used his mother's surname instead. He became a valued general of Napoleon, and after he married the daughter of a local tavern owner, Thomas-Alexandre had a son of his own. This son was Alexandre Dumas, who became world-famous as the author of "The Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Nichol

Spouse (1)

Ida Ferrier (5 February 1840 - 1859) ( her death)

Trivia (15)

Was afraid of travelling to the USA because he feared being sold into slavery. He was the grandson of a woman slave from the Saint Domingue island (later renamed, Haiti), where his French father was born in 1762, and lived a large part of his life. Thrand slavery was still in existance in the USA at that time).
Many of his novels were originally written as newspaper serials.
Has a wax figure likeness of himself at the Black Facts and Wax Museum in Los Angeles.
Alexandre Dumas (fils) once came into his father's room and found him reading The Three Musketeers. Dumas (pere) finished the book and looked up at his son and remarked, "You know, that was actually pretty good!".
His son, Alexandre Dumas (fils), was a noted writer also, but of religious liturgy. This was a point of contention between father and son. Alexandre (pere), felt his son could do much better by writing popular fiction, as he himself had done. Contrarily, his son felt his father had soiled the family name by ignoring the church throughout his life and refusing to write religious doctrines.
Although he publicly disowned his son, Alexandre Dumas (fils), he was forced to rely on him for support in his old age.
Twice fled the city of Paris, France, to escape from his creditors.
Claimed to have fathered over 500 children.
Based his famous Musketeers on real people. D'Artagnan was based on Charles Ogier de Batz de Castlemore, Comte D'Artagnan. Athos was based on Armand de Sillegue d'Athos, Aramis on Henri d'Aramitz, and Porthos on Isaac de Portau. He discovered them in a fictional memoir of the original d'Artagnan that he found in the national library by Cortilz de Sandras. Athos, Aramis and Porthos do not appear in large roles, so their physical descriptions and personalities are complete inventions on Dumas's part. When he took the book home to use it for research, he never returned it.
Dumas was a chronic insomniac, and his doctor ordered him to eat an apple a at 7:00 AM under the Arch of Triumph in Paris. The reasoning was that this would force him into a regular pattern of rising and retiring.
His Musketeer novels, especially the first, were part of the inspiration for Edmond Rostand's classic play, Cyrano de Bergerac. His hero, d'Artagnan, appears briefly in the play. The villain, the Comte de Guiche, was historically the nephew of Cardinal Richelieu, the antagonist of The Three Musketeers. De Guice himself also appears in The Viscount of Bragellone.
Played in the film Dumas (2010) by Gérard Depardieu, who had previously appeared in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) and The Count of Monte Cristo (1998).
The last of his Musketeer novels is frequently abridged and published under the title of its final section, The Man in the Iron Mask. The unabridged novel is over 1,000 pages long and its proper title is The Viscount of Bragellone.
The persistence of his family name through popular culture, thanks to his novels, resulted in a well-known pun-based joke: A man is at a job interview, and continually refers to the Boss as "Mr. Dumbass", reading from the sign on his desk. At the end of the interview, the Boss says "Thanks, we'll let you know. And by the way, it's pronounced 'Dumas'" The interviewee leaves and the Boss sighs "What a Dumbass!".

Personal Quotes (2)

How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.
To someone who insulted him about his mixed-race background: "It is true. My father was a mulatto, my grandmother was a negress, and my great-grandparents were monkeys. In short, sir, my pedigree begins where yours ends."

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