“The Glutton”

File:Toulouse-Lautrec - La Goulue arrivant au Moulin Rouge.jpg LOuise Weber,  nicknamed,  “The Glutton”.  Star of the Moulin Rouge [edit]

Louise Weber was taken under the wing of Jacques Renaudin (1843–1907), a wine merchant who danced in his spare time under the stage name “Valentin le Désossé“. They danced at the renowned Moulin Rouge in Montmartre when it first opened, performing an early form of theCancan known as the “chahut.” The two were instant stars, but it was Weber who stole the show with her outrageously captivating conduct. Booked as a permanent headliner, La Goulue became synonymous with the Cancan and the Moulin Rouge nightclub. The toast of Paris and the highest paid entertainer of her day, she became one of the favorite subjects for Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, immortalized by his portraits and posters of her dancing at the Moulin Rouge.


…..Alcoholic and destitute, La Goulue returned to Montmartre in 1928. File:ScanImage013d.jpgSelling peanuts, cigarettes, and matches on a street corner near the Moulin Rouge, no one recognized the severely overweight and haggard former Queen of Montmartre. She died a year later and was buried in the Cimetière de Pantin in the Paris suburb of Pantin, but later her remains were transferred to the Cimetière de Montmartre.