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 Louise “La Goulue” Weber

Louise “La Goulue” Weber

Birth
Clichy, Departement des Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France
Death 30 Jan 1929 (aged 62)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot Division 31
Memorial ID 12287 · View Source
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Dancer. Though little is known of her childhood, it is believed she was born to a Jewish laundress in Alsace. During her own apprenticeship as a laundress in the Rue de la Goutte d'Or, she apparently began frequenting dance halls in frocks appropriated from her work and performing on tabletop, displaying the heart embroidered on her underclothes, removing men's hats with her toes, and stealing gentlemen's drinks; which eventually earned her the nickname "La Goulue" or The Glutton. One of the men she attracted was the artist, Pierre Auguste Renoir. Through his these connections she found her way into the fashionable dance clubs of Montmartre. She appeared at the Moulin Rouge when it first opened and danced the chahut with her lanky partner, Jacques Renaudin. She eventually developed systematic Can Can steps and routines, the sequences of high jumps, "grand ecart" and acrobatic floor-work were created by her. She has been recognized as the authentic choreographer of the French Can Can. She became synonymous with the Can Can and the Moulin Rouge. She was the highest paid entertainer of her day, and became one of the favorite subjects for Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who used her as a model in portraits and posters. In 1895 she left Moulin Rouge and suffered several severe business setbacks which spiraled her into depression and alcoholism. Alcoholic, homeless, obese, and in poor health, she returned to Montmartre in 1928 where she sold peanuts, cigarettes, and matches on the streets near the Moulin Rouge. Apparently, no one recognized her. She died at age 63.

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  • Added: 6 Sep 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12287
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Louise “La Goulue” Weber (13 Jul 1866–30 Jan 1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12287, citing Cimetiere de Montmartre, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .