Madame Campan served the royal French court for more than twenty years. She was first a reader to the daughters of Louis XV. She was appointed First Lady-in-Waiting by Marie Antoinette, a position that provided Campan with a great deal of power within the court. Campan stayed with Marie Antoinette until they were forcibly separated at the sacking of Tuileries in 1792. Campan, almost penniless, went on to establish a school and ultimately was appointed superintendent of an academy founded by Napoleon Bonaparte who appreciated her emphasis on domestic economy in the education of girls. With the restoration of the Bourbons to the French throne Madame Campan left Paris and lived out her seventy years amid friends in the French countryside.