The Museum for Wax People 偶像零距離的體驗 ── 杜莎夫人蠟像館
Imagine walking around a corner and coming face to face with an exact likeness of yourself. For many celebrities, this puzzling experience is something they have encountered at Madame Tussauds, the world-famous wax museum.
想像你走到一個角落，面對面見到一位長相和你完全相似的人。對許多名人而言，這個令人困惑的體驗是他們在世界知名的蠟像館 ── 杜莎夫人蠟像館 ── 所遇到的。
Founder Marie Tussaud was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1760. Her mother was a housekeeper for a doctor, Philippe Curtius, in Bern, Switzerland. It just so happened that the doctor was also a skilled wax modeler1, so he passed on the skill to Tussaud. When Doctor Curtius passed away in 1794, Tussaud inherited2 his wax model collection. She would take the collection on a tour of Europe lasting over three decades before finally settling down in London. That was where the first Madame Tussauds wax museum opened its doors in 1835.
創辦人杜莎夫人 1760 年時出生於法國的史特拉斯堡市。她母親在瑞士的伯恩市當菲力‧歌德施醫生的女管家。那位醫生剛好也是一位技術熟練的蠟塑家，所以他把這些蠟塑的技巧傳給了杜莎夫人。1794 年歌德施醫生去世時，杜莎夫人繼承了他的蠟製品收藏。在她最後定居於倫敦前，她帶著收藏品遊覽歐洲歷經三十多年。1835 年第一間杜莎夫人蠟像館於倫敦開幕。
Today, there are Madame Tussauds museums all over the world, with branches in Berlin, Bangkok, Las Vegas, and Hong Kong, just to name a few cities. Celebrities from Michael Jackson to Jackie Chan all have had their famous faces cast in wax and put on display. Some entertainers may desire a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but they really know they have made it when they run into themselves at Madame Tussauds.