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List of notable or famous playwrights from France, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in France and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from France is included when available.

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This historic playwrights from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from France?" These prominent playwrights of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French playwrights.

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Alain-René Lesage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
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Alain-René Lesage was a French novelist and playwright. Lesage is best known for his comic novel The Devil upon Two Sticks, his comedy Turcaret, and his picaresque novel Gil Blas. ...more

Age: Died at 79 (1668-1747)

Birthplace: Sarzeau, France

Profession: Novelist, Playwright

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Alejandro Jodorowsky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
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Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, musician, comics writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been "venerated by cult cinema enthusiasts" for his work which "is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and ...more

Age: 88

Birthplace: Tocopilla, Chile

Profession: Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cartoonist, Author, + more

Credits: El Topo, The Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre, The Island, Fando & Lis, + more

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#53 on The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars

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Alexandre Bisson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
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Alexandre Charles Auguste Bisson was a French playwright, vaudeville creator, and novelist. Born in Briouze, Orne in Lower Normandy, he was successful in his native France as well as in the United States. Remembered as a significant creator of Parisian vaudeville, in collaboration with Edmond ...more

Age: Died at 64 (1848-1912)

Birthplace: Briouze, France

Profession: Novelist, Playwright

Credits: Alejandra, Madame X, La mujer X, The Trial of Madame X, Madame X, + more

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Alexandre Dumas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
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Alexandre Dumas, also known as Alexandre Dumas, père, was a French writer. His works have been translated into nearly 100 languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials, including The Count of ...more

Age: Died at 68 (1802-1870)

Birthplace: Villers-Cotterêts, France

Profession: Writer, Playwright

Credits: The Three Musketeers, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, The Three Musketeers, + more

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#20 on The Best Writers of All Time

#29 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#4 on The Best French Authors

#12 on The Best Suspense Authors

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