Moulin Rouge : The Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe.
Colette (1873-1954) A prolific author, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette was a defiantly independent woman. Thrice married, Colette flaunted her lesbian affairs, and romanced her stepson. She wrote an opera with Ravel, was a confidante of Cocteau, and was banned from the Moulin Rouge after her onstage lesbian kiss nearly started a riot. Most famous for her novella Gigi — adapted as a play, musical, and film — Colette is also credited with discovering Audrey Hepburn.