Mural: "Ben Franklin, Colonial Postmaster," 1938, by George Harding at the Ariel Rios Federal Building |
in Washington, D.C. Source: Library of Congress.
Thomas Jefferson, Diplomat & Statesman: 1784-1789
Henry James, Novelist: 1875-1876
Edith Wharton, Novelist: 1907-1937
Gertrude Stein, Writer & Host of Famous Salon: 1903-1946
Alice B. Toklas, Partner of Gertrude Stein: 1910-1967
Ernest Hemingway, Novelist: 1921-1928
Janet Flanner, Journalist: 1922-1939 and 1944-1979
Josephine Baker, Dancer & Stage Personality: 1925-1975
A. J. Liebling, Journalist: 1926-1927
Anaïs Nin, Writer: 1924-1940
Henry Miller, Writer: 1930-1939
Art Buchwald, Journalist: 1948-1961
James Baldwin, Writer: 1948-1970
Chester Heims, Writer: 1953-1984
Julia and Paul Child, Cookbook Creators: 1948-1954
Nina Simone, Singer-Songwriter: 1981-1983
Jim Morrison, Singer-Songwriter: 1971. His grave in Pére Lachaise Cemetery is much more famous than his brief Paris stay at the end of his life.
Paris Homes of the American Ex-Patriates
If you walk around in Paris, you will see many information placards on the walls of buildings, frequently naming a famous person who lived in that house or an event that occurred nearby. Many of the people on the list above are commemorated this way at the Paris locations where they lived. However, not all of those on the list are so remembered. For example, James Baldwin when in Paris lived in cheap hotels. Or Henry Miller who lived in a variety of places. Here are a few images of such placards:
Benjamin Franklin’s street in the Passy district
is now named for him.
I have often seen this doorway and placard identifying Hemingway’s
best-known Paris residence
because we have a friend who lives directly across the street.
Julia and Paul Child lived in this Paris building — but
there is no placard. She’s not that well-known in France.
After becoming rich & famous, dancer Josephine Baker lived in this
It was in the Dordogne, location corrected -- thanks, Kwarkito!
She adopted many children and made them a home here. Then she lost her money, and had to sell. (source)
Nina Simone’s exact Paris address isn’t known,
but this graffiti appeared in the Montmartre area in 2012. (source)
The grave of Jim Morrison in 2021, 50 years after his death (source).
Gertrude Stein is also buried in the very famous Pére Lachaise Cemetery.
J'ai découvert récemment une plaque indiquant que Lee Miller avait habité rue Victor Considérant (dans un fort bel immeuble). Il se trouve que l'on peut voir certaines de ses photos dans une exposition consacrée aux femmes reporters de guerre en ce moment à Denfert Rochereau dans le nouveau musée de la résistance
Le chateau de Josephine baker n'était pas dans les environs de partis, mais en Dordogne
I'd love to live in another country for a while. And Paris! I understand why people choose it.
I was aware of so many of these names, but the name that surprised me most was that Julia Child wasn't well known in Paris. I thought for sure she was. Lovely photos and interesting information. Nice mural, too.
It is interesting to learn about the famous Americans that lived in Paris.
I have never been to Paris. My only time in France was when hubby and I drove to see Mt Blanc while staying in Switzerland. Take care, have a happy new week!
Here s a great video on Josephine Baker in France, and her chateau in Dordogne, with the children she adopted: https://youtu.be/PjiG8pTKGn4
On the topic of Americans in Paris , I highly recommend The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris (1830-1900), by David McCULLOUGH.
I talked a bit about it here:
@Emma -- I have read David McCullough's book, reviewed it here:
Great mural(s) and interesting, I didn´t know!
Wow - who knew all those people ( and MANY more I'm sure) spent time in Paris. I wouldn't mind spending a year or two there myself! Thanks for another informative post! And thanks for the visit!
Terrie@ Bookshelf Journeys
I love the placards throughout the cities of the world where famous people have lived. I have photos of several and will look to see which Americans in Paris I've taken.
I find it strange that of all the names on your list I do NOT know the journalists. Flanner, Buchwald etc. I love the paintings especially Nina Simone
I had no idea so many famous Americans had lived in Paris or that their names were honoured with streets named after them.
Thanks for participating in Monday Murals Mae and Happy 4th of July!
What a terrific post! I loved learning the names (some new to me) and especially those interesting and very diverse plaques. Very cool about naming the streets.
It would be lovely to be able to live in Paris for a while! A girl can dream right. Although it is fair to say I am not famous, and never will be!
France seems to offer a kind of freedom for many Americans they could not find at home.
Great list and post. I'm not sure I realized that Edith Wharton spent so many years in Paris. I knew Baldwin was there -- but that's more years than I expected. We went to the Dordogne once and loved it. But I don't recall seeing that chateau!
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