Skip to main content

Georges, Marguerite J. (c. 1787–1867)

Georges, Marguerite J. (c. 1787–1867)

French actress. Name variations: Mlle George. Born Marguerite Joséphine Weimer or Wemmer at Bayeux, France, in 1786 or 1787; died in Paris in January 1867.

Some juvenile performances of Marguerite Joséphine Georges' at Amiens attracted the notice of actress Mlle Raucourt , by whose influence Georges was brought to Paris and educated. Her imposing beauty and powerful acting produced a sensation at her first appearance as Clytemnestra and led to successful engagements in other European cities (1808–13). In Russia, Tsar Alexander I became so infatuated with her that he would not consent to her returning to France, but later Napoleon, one of her warmest admirers, secured her reappearance at the Théâtre Français (1813–17), where the French actor François Joseph Talma added polish to her style. From 1821 to 1847, she was connected with the Odéon and the Porte Saint-Martin theaters, sustaining her reputation as an impassioned and majestic tragedian in such roles as Semiramis (Sammuramat ), Agrippina the Younger, Lucrezia Borgia , and Catherine de Medici .

Only rivalled by Mlle Duchesnois , Georges received costly presents from emperors, princes, and a host of other admirers; yet on retiring from the stage in 1849, her poverty impelled her to become a teacher at the conservatory.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Georges, Marguerite J. (c. 1787–1867)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . 19 Feb. 2019 <>.

"Georges, Marguerite J. (c. 1787–1867)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . (February 19, 2019).

"Georges, Marguerite J. (c. 1787–1867)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Retrieved February 19, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.