Dark-skinned, with black hair and deep blue eyes, the young Dumas was attractive.
His huge enthusiasm and lively mind enhanced the effect, and his life was peppered with passionate love affairs. Laure Labay, Mélanie Waldor, Belle Kreilssamner, Ida Ferrier, Emma Manoury-Lacour, Isabelle Constant, Marie de Fernand, Emilie Cordier, Olympe Audouard, Fanny Gordon, Addah Menkken…the list of his amorous exploits is long.
Dumas only married once, but his union with Ida Ferrier did not last. Often engaged in several affairs at once, Dumas’ attitude was frivolous and sometimes caused scandal. For him, a life without love was inconceivable.
In 1824, Laure Labay gave birth to his son, Alexandre. In 1831, it was Belle Kreilsammner’s turn, with a daughter, Marie-Alexandrine. Dumas recognised both children in 1831. A strong, if often stormy relationship developed between the children their father.
Dumas had no legitimate children. He never recognised children by his other relationships and he has no direct heirs today.