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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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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

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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 religious provocation." Born to Jewish-Ukrainian parents in Chile, Jodorowsky experienced an unhappy and alienated childhood, and so immersed himself in reading and writing poetry. Dropping out of college, he became involved in theater and in particular mime, working as a clown before founding his own theater troupe, the Teatro Mimico, in 1947. Moving to Paris in the early 1950s, Jodorowsky ...more

Age: 89

Birthplace: Tocopilla, Chile

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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 Gondinet, Bisson's 1881 three-act comedy "Un Voyage d'agrément" was performed at the Théâtre du Vaudeville in Paris. In 1892, the first of a Bisson's dozen plays came to New York City's Broadway stage. Of his works, Bisson is best remembered for his play "Madame X" that was performed in 1910 both in Paris and on Broadway with Sarah Bernhardt in the leading role. Over the years, the play would be revived ...more

Age: Died at 64 (1848-1912)

Birthplace: Briouze, France

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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 Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later. His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century for nearly 200 films. Dumas' last novel, The Knight of Sainte-Hermine, unfinished at his death, was completed by a scholar and published in 2005, becoming a bestseller. It was published in English in 2008 as The Last Cavalier. Prolific ...more

Age: Died at 68 (1802-1870)

Birthplace: Villers-Cotterêts, France

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