Born illegitimate, Marie-Jeanne was the daughter of a seamstress named Anne Bécu. Her father was suspected to be a local friar who funded her education in a convent. She moved to Paris at the age of fifteen to work as a shop assistant, where she caught the attention of nobleman Jean du Barry. As his mistress, Marie-Jeanne was introduced into high society as a courtesan. Seeing her potential to rise to become the royal mistress of King Louis XV but lacking a respectable title in order to qualify for such a position, she was granted such credentials when her marriage was arranged to Jean's brother, the Count Guillaume du Barry and became Countess du Barry.
While she did serve as the King's courtesan , she did not have the popularity or influence as her predecessor, the famous Madame de Pompadour. Her relationship with Marie Antoinette (then the dauphine of France) was not good, and she refused to speak of Madame du Barry. Upon King Louis XV's death in 1774, she was banished from court.
In 1792 she was arrested by the Revolutionary Tribunal in Paris and charged with treason. Found guilty of counter-revolutionary activities, she faced the scaffold on Dec. 8, 1793. Reportedly she did not die with dignity, but rather screamed and pleaded for mercy from the jeering crowd and had to be dragged to the guillotine.
ABOUT THE DOLL
This mini-sized doll stands only 6" tall. She is capable of standing all by herself without the use of a doll stand.
She is dressed in a gown made with lavender silk and white lace with a purple rhinestone on the center of the bodice. Her hair is disheveled from her ordeal, and she wears a headpiece made with soft white feathers. Her deep-set eyes have been painted to express the wildness of her last moments in life.