Jean Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière, was one of France's greatest playwrights. He wrote, directed and starred in his plays, including Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, and The Miser. Baptized on this date in 1622, Molière was considered the father of modern French comedy and of the comédie–ballet. A man who lived for his craft, Molière died in 1673 after collapsing during a production of his play The Imaginary Invalid. Members of his troupe created the Comédie Française six years later; the chair in which he was seated during that last production still sits in the hall of the theater.
"It infuriates me to be wrong when I know I'm right."— Molière