Madame Claude, considered France’s most famous brothel keeper whose clients were said to include John F Kennedy and Marlon Brando, has died.

Real name Fernande Grudet, she passed away on Saturday in the Mediterranean resort of Nice at the age of 92 after a long period in hospital, according to a death certificate seen by AFP on Tuesday.

Claude—who relocated to Los Angeles in 1977 after French authorities began pursuing her for tax evasion—had an enviable client list of very powerful men and no lack of stories to tell: “There was John Kennedy requesting a Jackie look-alike ‘but hot.’ There were Aristotle Onassis and Maria Callas showing up with depraved requests that made Claude blush. There was Marc Chagall giving the girls priceless sketches of their nude selves, Gianni Agnelli taking a post-orgy group to Mass, the Shah and his gifts of jewels. There were such disparate bedfellows on the client list as Moshe Dayan and Muammar Qaddafi, Marlon Brando and Rex Harrison. There was even a story about how the C.I.A. hired Claude’s charges to help keep up morale during the Paris peace talks.”

Françoise Fabian, the actress who played Claude in Just Jaeckin’s 1977 film, Madame Claude, insisted on spending time with the madam to immerse herself in the role. Fabian says she found Claude to be “une femme terrible. She despised men and women alike. Men were wallets. Women were holes. . . . She was like a slave driver on a plantation in the American South. Once she took a girl on, the makeover put the girl in debt, because Claude paid all the bills, to Dior, Vuitton, to the hairdressers, to the doctors, and the girls had to work to pay them off. It was sexual indentured servitude. Claude took 30 percent. She would have taken more, but she said the girls would have cheated if she did.”

“She was like a slave driver on a plantation in the American South. Once she took a girl on, the makeover put the girl in debt, because Claude paid all the bills, to Dior, Vuitton, to the hairdressers, to the doctors, and the girls had to work to pay them off. It was sexual indentured servitude. Claude took 30 percent. She would have taken more, but she said the girls would have cheated if she did.”

“There was John Kennedy requesting a Jackie look-alike ‘but hot’. There were Aristotle Onassis and Maria Callas showing up with depraved requests that made Claude blush,” wrote Vanity Fair writer William Stadiem in a tell-all piece in 2014 based on extensive interviews with Madame Claude that he conducted in the 1980s.

Claude’s brothel near the Champs Elysees in Paris had a reputation as the most exclusive in the world. Claude had become a legend in Paris by the 1950s, using failed models and actresses for what she called her “Claudettes”.