Molière (15 January, 1622 – 17 February, 1673) was the stage name of a French actor and playwright.
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- His birth name was Jean-Baptiste Poquelin.
- Before being a successful playwright, Jean-Baptiste was trained in law and became a notary.
- Molière met actress Madeleine Béjart and together they started the Illustre Théâtre, of which she was co-director and by all accounts a very capable administrator.
- Molière was a writer, producer, lead actor and financial manager of the theater.
- Molière is considered France’s answer to Shakespeare.
- It seems that Molière enjoyed antagonizing people even those from his inner, aristocratic circle making fun of infidelity and such.
- His play, Tartuffe, poked fun at religious hypocrisy and, at the time, caused a huge controversy.
- Both Molière and his wife often acted in his plays as principal characters.
- While acting as the main character in The Imaginary Invalid, a play which ridiculed medicine and doctors, Molière collapsed and died shortly after.
- Molière was denied a Christian burial due to the lowly statues of theater arts at the time.
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