Her clients were the world’s richest and most powerful men, her girls the sort of super-sexy and ultra-classy young women who more than justified Madame Claude’s penchant for calling them her ‘swans’. And her job was, in her own words, ‘to make vice pretty’. Between 1955 and 1977, the 20th century’s most celebrated brothel-keeper served the sexual peccadilloes — some routine, some exotic, others depraved — of kings, presidents, film stars, captains of industry and dictators. Her smart and very discreet establishment at 18 Rue de Marignan, off the Champs-Elysees in Paris, was the headquarters for a prostitution business that eclipsed the imaginings of the most over-excited Hollywood screenwriter. Over the years, its ‘madam’ — her real name was Fernande Grudet — recruited and trained some 500 ‘Claudettes’ to provide expensive distraction for a clientele for whom no visit to the City of Lights was complete without a respectful phone call to Madame Claude. Her exhaustingly famous client list reportedly included John F. Kennedy, Marlon Brando, Groucho Marx, Rex Harrison, Frank Sinatra, Pablo Picasso and Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi. Between 1955 and 1977 Fernande Grudet, better known as Madame Claude, became the one of the most infamous procurers of prostitutes in… Read full this story
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Madame Vice or Vile? Clients 'including JFK, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Picasso and Colonel Gaddafi' all made a beeline for France’s most exclusive brothel – but behind it lay a ruthless tyrant who hated sex, as a new film reveals have 280 words, post on www.dailymail.co.uk at October 9, 2020. This is cached page on Vietnam Art News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.