Marguerite Bellanger

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Marguerite Bellanger

Marguerite Bellanger (10 June 1838 - 23 November 1886) was a French stage actress and courtesan. She was a celebrity of contemporary France and known for her relationship with Napoleon III of France. She was often caricatured in contemporary press and is considered to be the model for Émile Zola's Nana. A candy is also named after her.


She was born Julie Lebœuf in Saumur by François Lebœuf and Julie Hanot. By age 15, she was a clothes-washer.


This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.