Marie Tussaud was only 17 years old when she moulded a first life-size wax figure of the famous French author and poet François-Marie Voltaire. She had learned the craft from Dr. Philippe Curtius who knew the art of ceroplastics and was willing to teach it to her. Little did she know that from this first figure she would start a cultural phenomenon which would become famous all over the world. Nowadays, Madame Tussauds exhibitions can be visited at 20 different locations from London to Tokyo and of course, since 2011, in Vienna.