Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand, a French fortune-teller, born in Alencon, May 27, 1772, died in Paris, June 25, 1843. She was of a respectable family, but owing to the death of her father received a very incomplete education, and was for some time a seamstress. About 1790 she went to Paris, and entered a linen shop as saleswoman. In 1793 she formed a partnership with Mme. Gilbert and a baker's boy named Flammermont for the purpose of carrying on the trade of fortune-telling. Having been complained of to the police, she was arrested and imprisoned for several months. After obtaining her freedom she opened a " cabinet of divination." Her popularity was remarkable; during 40 years she was constantly visited by persons of all ranks. The court of Napoleon itself contributed much to bring her into vogue, and her ignorance and commonplace manner of divining did not injure her credit. After the fall of the empire she went to Aix-la-Chapelle, to the congress of the allied sovereigns, where she attracted much attention, especially from the emperor Alexander. She was arrested in 1809 in consequence of "indiscreet revelations," and again in 1821 for some political offence contained in a book published by her under the title of La sibylle au congres d'Aix-la-Chapelle. About 1830 she sank into obscurity, and finally died at the age of 71, after predicting in one of her books that she should live to the age of 125. She became rich by her calling.

She published many pamphlets, and a few books of no value with the exception of her Souvenirs de la Belgique, cent jours d'infortune (1822), and the Memoires histo-riques et secrets de l'imperatrice Josephine, etc. (3 vols., 1829).