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Philippe Petit

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Philippe Petit (French pronunciation: ​[filip pəti]; born 13 August 1949) is a French high-wire artist who gained fame for his unauthorized high-wire walks between the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in 1971 and of Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1973, as well as between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on the morning of 7 August 1974. For his unauthorized feat 400 metres (1,312 feet) above the ground – which he referred to as "le coup" – he rigged a 200-kilogram (440-pound) cable and used a custom-made 8-metre (30-foot) long, 25-kilogram (55-pound) balancing pole. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philippe Petit has received more than 7,380,796 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia. Philippe Petit is the 18th most popular celebrity (up from 22nd in 2019), the 757th most popular biography from France (up from 871st in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Celebrity.

Philippe Petit is most famous for walking on a wire between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.

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Among celebrities, Philippe Petit ranks 18 out of 181Before him are Empress Michiko, Jon Brower Minnoch, Millvina Dean, Joseph Merrick, Mary Anning, and Monica Lewinsky. After him are Anna Anderson, Rosalia Lombardo, Margaret Brown, Dodi Fayed, Sarah Knauss, and Marie Duplessis.

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Among people born in 1949, Philippe Petit ranks 40Before him are Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Joan Enric Vives Sicília, Alla Pugacheva, Linda Lovelace, Don Johnson, and Amin Maalouf. After him are Jarosław Kaczyński, George Foreman, Ottmar Hitzfeld, John Belushi, Lionel Richie, and Bill Nighy.

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Among people born in France, Philippe Petit ranks 757 out of 6,011Before him are Françoise Hardy (1944), Bourvil (1917), Sophie of France (1786), Edmond Rostand (1868), Samuel de Champlain (1567), and Hubert de Givenchy (1927). After him are Georges Rouault (1871), Robert Hossein (1927), Louis, Prince of Condé (1530), Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans (1709), Marina Vlady (1938), and Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755).


Among celebrities born in France, Philippe Petit ranks 2Before him are Jeanne Calment (1875). After him are Marie Duplessis (1824), Blanche Monnier (1849), Jean-Marie Loret (1918), Joseph Meister (1876), Guy de Rothschild (1909), Denise Perrier (1935), Guillaume Delisle (1675), Sébastien Foucan (1974), Iris Mittenaere (1993), and Alexandra Rosenfeld (1986).

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