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Moulin Rouge Opens

Famed Parisian cabaret revue Moulin Rouge opened for the first time on October 6, 1889 in the Montmartre section of Paris. It was co-founded by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller (who owned the Paris Olympia) and had the aim of providing entertainment for the rich as well as the working class in the fashionable arts district.

Moulin Rouge was an extravagant cabaret with plush furnishing lining the interior and champagne themed evenings. The dancers doubled as courtesans and would perform a variety of dances, the most popular of which was the scandalous “can-can”, where they would kick their legs high.

Meaning “Red Mill”, the Moulin Rouge building had a red mill on its roof and still does to this day. The Moulin Rouge cabaret was frequented by artists, perhaps the most famous of which was post-modernist painter Toulouse-Lautrec who painted posters advertising the nightclub.

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Nicole Kidman’s Birthday

Critically-acclaimed actress Nicole Kidman was born on June 20, 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her parents are Australian, so she was granted dual citizenship for both the United States and Australia. At the age of four, Kidman moved back to Australia with her parents, which is where she spent the majority of her youth.

Following immense national success from an Australian Christmas movie, Nicole Kidman was catapulted into stardom. She has since acted in many popular feature films, including: Days of Thunder (1990), Far and Away (1992), Batman Forever (1995), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Moulin Rouge! (2001), and The Stepford Wives (2004), to name a few.

Nicole Kidman has two adopted children of whom she shares custody with her ex-husband, actor Tom Cruise. Kidman has two other children with her current husband and popular country singer, Keith Urban.

Happy Birthday Nicole Kidman!

 

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