Talk:Madame Tussauds

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The autobiografie is not availlable in a library near me, so I can't look it up in there. The data for this article was gleaned from many internet sites. I tried to judge the quality of each, but it would be nice to check the dates and places with something authoritive --User:Sander123 2 Dec 2003

The encyclopedia Britanica list 1 december. I've changed the date --User:Sander123 12 Dec 2003


This article is almost entirely about the person and not the places. Shouldn't it be changed to Marie Tussaud? RickK 22:39, 13 Dec 2003 (UTC)

I agree with Rick, how about copying the page (minus the image) into a new page 'Marie Tuassaud', and writing a new page for the waxwork museums? Grunners 04:16, 17 May 2004 (UTC)

I have made an initial effort at the separation. Jay 15:18, 5 Oct 2004 (UTC)


Hamburg[edit]

In the articel it says: "Madame Tussaud's wax museum has now grown to become a major tourist attraction in London, incorporating (until recently)[when?] the London Planetarium in its west wing. It has expanded and will expand with branches in Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Dubai, Hamburg, Hollywood, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Moscow, New York City, Shanghai, Vienna and Washington, D.C.."

Are there really any plans to open a branch in Hamburg? Reference, please! Erdberg (talk) 02:13, 18 August 2010 (UTC)

list of wax figures[edit]

the list of wax figures seems a bit incomplete... :/ --68.222.22.68 04:41, 7 August 2005 (UTC)

I know that there is a Billy Idol wax figure in the Las Vegas Madame Tussauds... --Nikkicontraband (talk) 04:07, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

"daddy daddy, can we go see hannah montana?"

"daddy do they have turbo man?"Button sig.png "NO billy, wait until you grow up. We are the Idol familly and no son of mine plays with turbodolls!Let`s turbo back home" — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.25.53.192 (talk) 01:26, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

about the wax figures[edit]

  • Are there still any Madame Tussaud's original wax figures especially the death masks?
  • Do they rebuild a popular figure's wax figure after he/she becomes older?
  • How often do they recreate a historical figure's wax figure from an old mold? I think very important persons such as George Washington will be on display for years to come.

I think this article should talk more about the museum. -- Toytoy 12:29, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

Dalai Lama[edit]

This picture of the Lama is not a waxwork but the real thing! Who put it in there? Dalai Lama in Seattle.jpguser:texasconnectionButton sig.png — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.25.53.192 (talk) 01:31, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

does somebody know?[edit]

Could somebody tell how many figures are there altogether? and what is the area of Madame Tussauds?

Well first off, it's hard to measure that at one time because the group is constantly coming out with new figures and trading them among one another

There have characters.188.25.53.192 (talk) 01:32, 25 July 2011 (UTC)Button sig.png

World Leaders[edit]

Princess Diana and the Queen Mum were world leaders? Eh?

Why is there no discussion about how sculptures are made?[edit]

I'm very interested in knowing the process one has to go through when a sculpture is made of them? How accurate are the sculptures? Do they reflect the exact size and shape of every aspect of a person's body. If so are exact measurements taken? Needshape 17:03, 27 March 2007 (UTC)

Good point, I think this is notable by its absence. I believe that for figures of living people, they generally make an appointment (or several) to get some basic measurements done - see news coverage of Obama's waxwork being done, I believe there is a picture of someone measuring his face with calipers. However, I'm afraid I don't know enough about how its done to write this up for Wikipedia. --78.86.244.182 (talk) 07:54, 15 January 2009 (UTC) casting,Button sig.png — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.25.53.192 (talk) 01:33, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

Joan of Arc?[edit]

isn't she one of the figures at Madame Tussaud Wax? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 124.183.162.14 (talk) 11:44, August 22, 2007 (UTC) fr:joanna d`arc (figure)Button sig.png

In London, I doubt there would be Jackie Kennedy Onassis without JFK[edit]

This list says Jackie was a figure in the London Madame Tussauds, but not JFK. I highly doubt they would have it that way. --RandomOrca2 22:20, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

Free images?[edit]

Are photos of the wax statues free? It's a photo of a piece of copyrighted artwork, so even if you take a photo, can you release it under a free license? James086Talk | Email 23:21, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

As a saying goes: "A picture speaks a thousand words" but I recently observed that u have nominated 11 images taken of the wax figurines to be deleted as per [1] (dated 16 Oct 2007) under the blanket justification of "It is a derivative work of a copyrighted statue", even though the photos were taken personally by the contributors on-site. If one is to follow strictly on such rationale, does that mean if anyone takes a pix of one own's car, a mp3 player or the Sydney Opera House, one should one write in to eg. Toyota, Apple or the mayor of Sydney for its permission then? If that's the case, I think the 3 building pix in the article itself should be nominated for deletion too and many more in Wikipedia for fairness & consistency. -- Aldwinteo 16:33, 16 October 2007 (UTC)
There is a freedom of panorama for images of buildings. Wikipedia:Copyright_FAQ has some info on derivative works. I would say the photos are clearly derivative works of the statues, which are on private property and not visible from a public place. This may help. Secretlondon 23:00, 16 October 2007 (UTC)
Also this and the next 2 sections are what made me decide to nominate the images. If you took a photo of your car, yes the shape and design of the car are copyrighted, but because the car is not a work of art (ie it isn't made just to be looked at, it can be driven aswell) the photo can be licensed as you choose. James086Talk | Email 23:59, 16 October 2007 (UTC)
If photography is allowed in a space to which the public has access, then surely any rights to the images are abrogated to the picture taker? The images are of true likenesses of the original, so then the copyright is derived from the person whose image it is, being in a public space. Sorry, I don't understand American law, but that would be the case under English law, ie it's fair game. Kbthompson 00:24, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

The main reason why I brought this issue up, is to ensure that there's a due process in communication and accountability among the parties concerned, are done in a constructive manner to ensure that Wikipedia informational value is not compromised for the common good in the long run. As I've visited 2 Madame Tussauds outlets before, I've not encountered any written notices nor its brochures prohibiting photography on site (If so, that wld take out the fun in the 1st place!). As such, it would be 'implied' that any rights to the images are abrogated to the picture taker to any casual observer (Sorry, I'm more familiar with the English and Singapore law). I also observed that the listed images, all of which are half-body shots, were not scanned images nor were they lifted directly from Madame Tussauds website, but were tagged with proper declaration ('Self Made') & some even uploaded wholesale with technical camera summary on the photo page itself. Whether on this issue or similar cases, I hope some form of common sense, fair play and constructive options have being fully explored & exercised prior to such enforcement (in which I've encountered much of late) unless there's a imminent legal challenge ('show cause'), precedent, or blatant copyright infringements. IMHO -- Aldwinteo 03:36, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

From Wikimedia Commons (link)."Photographs of copyrighted, non-free two- or three-dimensional works of art must not be uploaded to Commons. Pictures of copyrighted three-dimensional works of art are called derivative works, while pictures of two-dimensional works of art are called reproductions. Examples of derivative works include pictures of sculptures, action figures and other copyrighted works." So the images aren't free unless the statues aren't copyrighted. We could contact them and ask if they are copyrighted and if they are, we could ask for them to release the copyright over images of their statues. The "legal" sections of their sites don't mention the statues, they only refer to the actual websites [2], although on the New York site they encourage visitors to email their photos to them so perhaps they would allow PD/GFDL/CC images of their statues. James086Talk | Email 14:16, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
Seems to be a conflict, but I can accept the Commons text as being more detailed. If you read farther in the Commons page you link to, however, you will see that the United Kingdom, at least, has full Freedom of Panorama, which includes sculptures in places accessible to the public. Section 62 of the UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is much broader than the corresponding provisions in many other countries, and allows photographers to take pictures of * buildings, and * sculptures, models for buildings and works of artistic craftsmanship (if permanently situated in a public place or in premises open to the public). without breaching copyright. Such photographs may be published in any way. So the London statues are fine; the Vegas ones may not be. --AnonEMouse (squeak) 16:53, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
Nice find. I have removed their tags and from the deletion page. I also took down Image:Andy Lau MTHK.jpg as it is now tagged as fair use. The only one left is Image:Yoko Ono Sculpture.JPG. I'm going to email Madame Tussauds and ask if they are willing to allow photos of their images to be licensed as the photographer chooses. James086Talk | Email 23:57, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

Thank you for your timely replies & follow-up action mate. -- Aldwinteo 08:24, 18 October 2007 (UTC)

Sure, in the back of my mind I was hoping I was wrong; the images really add to the article I think. James086Talk | Email 10:50, 18 October 2007 (UTC)

I have sent an email asking if they allow free licensing of photos of their statues, and if not could they. Hopefully I'll get a reply soon. James086Talk | Email 12:39, 19 October 2007 (UTC)

Wrong dates of birth and death?[edit]

Ellena Herchert (1995–2067) - these dates in the current page are obviously wrong. There seems to be a more plausible date range in the history of the page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Pklala (talkcontribs) 02:28, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

hej hej —Preceding unsigned comment added by 192.165.98.12 (talk) 09:48, 21 May 2008 (UTC) [citation needed] 188.25.53.192 (talk) 01:37, 25 July 2011 (UTC) file_signature.png

Baker Street Bazaar[edit]

Should a passing reference/link be made to the Druce-Portland affair, as Druce was based at the above address? Jackiespeel (talk) 16:33, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

Name[edit]

Why is it "Madame Tussauds" and not "Madame Tussaud's"? Shreevatsa (talk) 05:24, 18 February 2009 (UTC) can you typo ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.25.53.192 (talk) 01:38, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

Lists of figures[edit]

There are no citations for these lists. They seem to be the subject of frequent vanity insertions without basis. Also, with so many museums with constantly changing lineups, I propose we eliminate the lists entirely. It is just not practical (and not really that useful) to maintain these lists. --SVTCobra (talk) 00:38, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

I agree. I support removing the list, too. Shreevatsa (talk) 01:09, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

youngest person[edit]

Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, and Daniel Radcliffe all are in the museum. They are all under 18. Why is this guy listed as the youngest?

No idea. I think it maight have been a vanity vandalism. Either way, it's not particularly notable, so I'm taking it out.oknazevad (talk) 15:33, 25 April 2010 (UTC)

Dubious[edit]

The article on Brad Pitt says there is a statue of a kid at the New York tussards. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 149.254.50.169 (talk) 18:02, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

First sculpture[edit]

I've added "citation needed" to 'Tussaud created her first wax figure, of Voltaire, in 1777', as this is contradicted by the article Marie Tussaud. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.240.144.19 (talk) 09:00, 25 June 2011 (UTC)

seconds[edit]

this laddy toussod how old is she in seconds time?Button sig.png188.25.53.192 (talk) 01:49, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

Statue list[edit]

This article should not include the statue list. However, I have placed a copy of the most recent list at Talk:Madame Tussauds/Statues for reference. It is of some interest who is represented but I find it particularly intriguing that there are so many redlinks. Feel free to play with the page - I hope to go through and see if there are any article omissions that we should investigate. violet/riga [talk] 00:51, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

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List of the wax figures[edit]

The section says (emphasis added): "The following is a list of the wax figures ... which are displayed at the Madame Tussaud museum whether in London museum or other major cities museums." Not "which have been displayed" or "which may be displayed" but "which are displayed". There are sources for each of the Madame Tussauds sites and I was guessing that before any name could be added, maybe an editor should check all of the links to check the person was indeed currently on display somewhere. But looking at the sport section on London website, for example, I see that it says "Here's just a few of the famous faces you'll meet in our Sport area..." So how can most names be added on anything other than the basis of personal knowledge, which would be WP:OR? How recent do other supporting sources e.g. newspaper reports, have to be, to be considered valid? Martinevans123 (talk) 20:24, 5 July 2017 (UTC)