This article was originally published in Encyclopedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, Volume VII. Anonymous. Cambridge: University Press, 1910. p. 24.

CONTAT, LOUISE FRANÇOISE (1760-1813), French actress, made her début at the Comédie Française in 1766 as Atalide in Bajazet. It was in comedy, however, that she made her first success, as Suzanne in Beaumarchais' Mariage de Figaro; and in several minor character parts, which she raised to the first importance, and as the soubrette in the plays of Molière and Marivaux, she found opportunities exactly fitted to her talents. She retired in 1809 and married de Parny, nephew of the poet. Her sister Marie Émilie Contat (1769-1846), an admirable soubrette, especially in the pert servant drawn by Molière and de Regnard, made her début in 1784, and retired in 1815.

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