Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Rouge

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PARIS NIGHTS MY YEAR AT THE MOULIN ROUGE
A memoir by the critically acclaimed actor Cliff Simon.
Paris Nights, the memoir of a South African soldier turned performer in the world's most famous cabaret, delivers in a hugely entertaining way. He writes of Paris as no one has done before, the after-dark city of night clubs, dance groupies, street fights, and shady characters. His is a truly singular story, and it's told with humor, swagger, and absolute honesty." --Marcia DeSanctis, author of 100 Places in France Ever Woman Should Go
Little did Cliff Simon know that a single phone call and a one-way ticket to Paris would ultimately change his life forever. Now the acclaimed television and film actor shares his journey from Johannesburg to the Moulin Rouge to Hollywood in his debut memoir, Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Rouge.
From a young age Cliff Simon knew he was headed towards big places. Having grown up as both a skilled gymnast and a competitive swimmer, performance was in his blood. But with the onset of Apartheid and the looming threat of war, he and his Jewish family soon retreated from Johannesburg, South Africa to the London countryside. Before he knew it, he joined the British swim team and was near Olympics-bound with a full-ride offer to a United States university. But something wasn't quite right. Instead, Cliff returned home and enlisted in the South African Air Force. Cliff's habit of impulsive risk-taking would continue but ultimately pave the foundation for an experience most of us would only dream of.
After he was honorably discharged, twenty-seven-year-old Cliff worked a series of odd jobs at a resort near the Indian Ocean until he received a phone call from an old friend inviting him to join him at the iconic Moulin Rouge. Here begins the story of Cliff's meteoric rise at the Moulin from swing dancer to principal in the glamour filled show, Formidable; his offstage encounters with street thugs and diamond smugglers; and the long nights filled with after parties and his pick of gorgeous women. Encounter the magic, the mayhem, and the glory that was and still is the Moulin Rouge.

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From the Author:

Writing this memoir has been a dream come true for me.
A chance meeting with acclaimed author and film producer Loren Stephens started the ball rolling.
Her passion and knowledge of Paris and of course writing skills were critical in being able to write my story with accuracy and feeling. 
Paris,one of the greatest cities in the world still holds and always will,  a special place in my heart. 
My year at the Moulin Rouge was a life changing experience.
Growing up in an apartheid country, serving in the military and training to become an Olympic swimmer has all shaped my life into the person I am today.
The discipline I gained from sports and the military I bring into everything else I do.
My book honors my family some of whom are no longer with me.
As an actor,being an author now is an entirely new experience for me that I am over the moon about.

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"A journey of the senses, a sensual celebration of the City of Lights and its most famous dancers. This memoir transports you to a real life fantasy that makes all of us want to be cancan dancers. Vive Paris Nights: My Life at the Moulin Rouge." --Josefina Lopez, author of Hungry Women in Paris and Real Women Have Curves

"Cliff Simon's Paris Nights, the memoir of a South African soldier turned performer in the world's most famous cabaret, delivers in a hugely entertaining way. He writes of Paris as no one has done before, the after-dark city of night clubs, dance groupies, street fights, and shady characters. His is a truly singular story, and it's told with humor, swagger, and absolute honesty." --Marcia DeSanctis, author of 100 Places in France Ever Woman Should Go

"Having directed Cliff Simon on 'The Americans,' I can truthfully say his talent is constantly surprising. He has excelled at so many careers that writing of his formative years cannot help but be fascinating. His hunger for experience and his bravery in pursuing it makes for a compelling read and an exciting journey, which he invites us to take with him." --Dan Attias, Director

"Aristotle said, 'Pleasure  in the job puts perfection in the work.' Cliff Simon does just that every minute that he's on screen and on every page he writes." --Michael Greensburg, Producer, MacGyver, Legend, Stargate SG-1, President of Big Pix Inc.

"A fascinating look behind the doors of the MoulinRouge from a male's perspective. A rare treat, indeed!" - Jennifer L.Scott , New York Times Bestselling author of Lessons from Madame Chic

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Book Description Primedia E-Launch LLC, United States, 2016. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Rouge opens with a bored twenty-seven-year old Cliff Simon staring out at the ocean from his beachfront house, wishing he was somewhere else. Gavin Mills telephones him from Paris inviting him to join him at the iconic Moulin Rouge. Cliff sells everything he owns, leaving Johannesburg, South Africa for the City of Lights. He learns that his spot at the Moulin is not guaranteed and is forced to audition. Making the grade, he is put into can can school before he is allowed into the company. His adrenaline is pumping from excitement and fear, both of which he has faced before. Taking a look back, we see twelve-year-old Cliff helming aracing dinghy in the midst of a thunderstorm on the Vaal River. His father yells at him not to be a sissy, and he brings the boat back to shore alone. We then travel to London with his family escaping the tumult of Apartheid.He trains for the Olympics, but drops out, enrolling in the South African military where he subjected to harsh treatment and name calling - Fokken Jood. After a honourable discharge, he works in cabaret at seaside resorts and is recruited as a gymnast in a cabaret, where he realizes that the stage is his destiny. The memoir fast forwards to Cliff s meteoric rise at the Moulin from swing dancer to principal in Formidable. Off stage he gets into fights with street thugs, hangs out with diamond smugglers, and has his pick of gorgeous women. With a year at the Moulin to his credit, doors open for him internationally and back in South Africa. He earns a starring role in Egoli: Place of Gold, and marries his long-time girlfriend, Colette. On their honeymoon to Paris, Cliff says, Merci Paris for the best year of my life. Bookseller Inventory # AAJ9781943848928

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