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Bon soir, my pets. Did y'all miss me?
~ Delphine LaLaurie

Delphine LaLaurie is a main character and one of the secondary antagonists in American Horror Story: Coven. In the show, Delphine is a once wealthy socialite known throughout New Orleans, later discovered to be a nefarious serial killer who tortured and murdered her black slaves.

She is portrayed by Kathy Bates, who also played Annie Wilkes in Misery, Agnes Mary Winstead in AHS season Roanoke, and Miriam Mead in another AHS season Apocalypse.


Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie was a high society Creole socialite in 1830s New Orleans. Her love of hosting elegant parties is matched only by her taste for the gruesome torture of her black slaves. LaLaurie's fate is revealed as one worse than death, and one that has not yet ended.

Personality and Appearance

She has dark brown hair, green eyes, and in the 1800's dressed in elegant dresses but in the present wears the maid's outfit. Madame Delphine LaLaurie was a woman of propriety in Cajun high society in 1830's Louisiana. However, it is quickly revealed that she has a much darker side. She has an obsession with her appearance, smearing herself in her slaves' blood in a superstitious attempt to maintain her youth. She has a sharp tongue and a sadistic streak. LaLaurie keeps many of her slaves in her attic where they inevitably become victims of grotesque experimentation and torture, solely for the fascination of Madame LaLaurie.

After Marie Laveau causes her to lose her family and being buried for centuries, LaLaurie has since been drained of her will to live, as is made apparent when she asks Fiona Goode to use her powers to end her torture and let her die. She has shown herself to be stubborn on several occasions. She has also shown herself to have a deep fascination with the human anatomy, and how it functions at the expense of her slaves. LaLaurie considers this to be a hobby for her.



  • LaLaurie is based on the actual historical figure who existed in New Orleans during the 17-1800s. She was also a socialite who secretly (with her husband) tortured and murdered her black slaves.
  • Delphine kept a ledger of kills. In total she killed 62 of her slaves and servants.


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