Fernande Grudet aka Madame Claude in Paris before a TV talk-show, May 5, 1986. AFP / MICHEL GANGNE
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Madame Claude, France's most famous brothel keeper whose clients were said to include John F. Kennedy and Marlon Brando, has died, according to a death certificate seen by AFP Tuesday. Real name Fernande Grudet, she passed away Saturday in the Mediterranean resort of Nice at the age of 92 after a long period in hospital.During her peak in the 1960s, she presided over a stable of some 500 high-class prostitutes, who charged thousands a night, and had a client list that reportedly included Moammar Gadhafi, Marlon Brando and the Shah of Iran.Cances, who wrote a book on the vice trade last year, said Claude had been an informant for the police in the 1960s, which protected her from prosecution.Claude fled to Los Angeles but returned to France in the 1980s.
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