Paris Nights My Year at the Moulin Rouge

Paris Nights My Year at the Moulin Rouge

by Cliff Simon


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733521000
Publisher: BCG Publishing
Publication date: 01/07/2019
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Cliff Simon, a film and television actor, is best known for his role as the 5 season recurring villain Ba'al in the Sci-Fi thriller, Stargate and the movie ,Stargate Continuum. He has also had roles - usually as the villain - in Twenty-Four, all 3 of the NCIS franchise series, the Americans, Castle, and numerous other episodic series. He has appeared in commercials, and has done voice over work. With his distinctive South African accent, he is much sought after for action-adventure video games.

Prior to coming to the United States, Cliff played Mitch in the bi-lingual soap, "Egoli: Place of Gold," for 7 seasons, after winning the first Mr. South Africa contest, Film producer, Franz Marx snapped him up. He also appeared internationally in Europe, South Africa and the USA on fashion runways and in television commercials for brand-name products.

Trained as a competitive swimmer(Olympic qualifying) and gymnast, Cliff served in the South African Air Force, where he was awarded the Air Force Victor Ludorum 2 years in a row for excellence in sport. Cliff performed worldwide as a professional dancer, then moved into studying drama full time , Cliff has been acting professionally now for over 20 years. Cliff and his wife emigrated to the USA in 2000 and they proudly became US citizens in 2005 making
their home in Los Angeles. He spends time on the beach kitesurfing,paddlesurfing, and playing with his mix pit bull/boxer Duma, when he isn't in the studio.

Paris Nights dedicated to the people of France in light of the tragedy in the beautiful city that is Paris

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Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Rouge 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
[Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”] "There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self." Benjamin Franklin, U.S. Ambassador to France (1776-1785) Cliff left everything as he hitched his wagon to a chance at stardom at Moulin Rouge in Paris. Although his friend acted as if it was a done deal, Cliff had to audition and prove he was worthy, just as he had to as a child. His frustration, and sometimes his anger fueled his determination, and he made it happen. For one year he got to be in Paris, in an outwardly glamorous job where he worked his keister off and partied hearty. However, the world was changing, and Cliff got more than one wake up call that planning for the future might help living in the present. He hold back very little behind the wonder that is presented onstage, and credits where he is today for ridinf the "red windmill" of his year as a dancer/ principle performer in Paris. This is the story of Cliff Simon, only son of a Jewish family growing up in South Africa at the time of apartheid. It is a story of white/ black separation. In that regard it is a kind of "teaching moment" seen by someone who has lived it, which is the joy of first person sourcing. And I have to admit although I'd seen him act, I really didn't know who Cliff Simon is. I feel that I have been priviledged to see into his life, and it was brave of him to open that door to his readers. I received this book through France Book Tours:
alyslinn More than 1 year ago
I will admit that I knew nothing about Cliff Simon when I picked up this book, but I quite enjoy memoirs, and I'd never read about a dancer from the Moulin Rouge before. I didn't actually look him up until after I'd finished the book, and now I realize I'd seen him in a couple of Stargate eps. Very cool, and I'd had no idea he'd been a dancer. His time in Paris was somewhat predictable in that he slept and partied his way through his year of dancing, but somehow I would expect no less from someone with such energy and need to be doing things. As for the Moulin Rouge itself, seeing behind the curtain and learning about the organization and backstage secrets was fascinating. I think it'd be very cool to be able to truly go backstage and see how it all works. Mr. Simon's book is a great teaser and taste of what the dance hall must be like. I'd be curious to see how it has changed since the 80s, and how it has stayed the same. Though I picked up the book because of the Moulin Rouge reference, I was more intrigued by Cliff's tellings of his younger life, in pre-apartheid South Africa. Though he could have blunted or softened his earlier (perhaps more naive) views, he approached the issues with honesty, acknowledging the difference between views then and now. It's refreshing, and shows the depth of his thoughts, and his voice is very specific and unique.