Liane de Pougy (Folies Bergères dancer, "one of Paris's most beautiful and notorious courtesans".) Sarah Bernhardt, faced with the task of teaching Liane to act, advised her that when she was on stage, it would be best to keep her "pretty mouth shut"
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Cora Pearl, courtesan.
Geneviève Lantelme 1882-1911 - French actress, socialite and courtesan
Liane de Pougy, a great courtesan at the beginning of the 20th century, by Félix Nadar, c. 1900
Madame de Pompadour (Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, 1721 - 1764), chief mistress to Louis XV from 1745 until her death in 1764. She was introduced to the king at a masked ball in the palace in February, 1745. The king presented her with the marquisate of Pompadour on June 24, 1745, making her a Marquise.
Marie Angélique de Scorailles (1661 – 28 June 1681) was a French noblewoman and one of the many mistresses of Louis XIV. A lady-in-waiting to his sister-in-law the Duchess of Orléans, she caught the attention of the Sun King and became his lover in 1679. She died as a result of childbirth.