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Head of Paris's famed Moulin Rouge cabaret dies at 83

Published on Jan 15, 2013 6:09 AM
Jean-Jacques Clerico, also known as Jacki Clerico (centre), chairman of the Moulin Rouge cabaret and its director Roland Leonar (2nd right) are awarded the silver-gilt medal of honour, on Mar 15, 1979, during a ceremony at the Moulin Rouge Cabaret in Paris, surrounded by Moulin Rouge dancers, relatives and children. Jacki Clerico, who had led the management of the famed Parisian Moulin Rouge cabaret for some fifty years, died aged 83 on Jan 14, 2013 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, west of Paris. -- PHOTO : AFP 

PARIS (AFP) - Jacki Clerico, who headed the Paris cabaret Moulin Rouge for 50 years and revived its famed revues featuring plumed can-can dancers, has died at 83, the establishment said on Monday.

The Moulin Rouge in Paris's vibrant Pigalle district has become synonymous with the can-can and was immortalised in the Oscar-nominated 2001 film of the same name.

Founded in 1889, the establishment became a place where the working classes rubbed shoulders with the aristocracy and is now one of the city's major tourist attractions.

Mr Clerico, who was suffering from cancer, died on Sunday in the American Hospital in the posh Paris suburb of Neuilly.

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