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Louise Weber (1866-1929) was 'La Goulue', the famed cancan dancer of Le Moulin Rouge, and the highest-paid performer of her day and immortalized by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. She was dubbed 'La Goulue' (The Glutton) for her habit of downing the drinks off tables as she danced past. This vibrant, audacious and gutsy sensualist would high-kick the hats off male customers' heads with a toe during her routine. And dance on the table tops, and flash a red heart embroidered on her under garments. Working in a laundry at 16 she revealed her daring, borrowing clothes put in for cleaning to go to the dance halls at night. Determined to capitalize on her considerable fame, she broke with Le Moulin Rouge in 1895 to set up her own dance hall, but this and other ventures failed, and she was reduced to selling peanuts, cigarettes and matches - unrecognized and on a street corner near the Moulin Rouge! This is tiny clip of La Goulue in old age at her caravan home in the 1920s.