That modest leftist, Jules Leotard
He was the original daring young man on a flying trapeze. In order to better perform his acts of athleticism, Jules Leotard encased his gorgeous physique in a flexible, body-revealing costume that set Parisienne hearts aflutter. Soon M. Leotard was not only the nation's top athlete - he was also ravishing half of Paris.
Jules Leotard (the trapezist) was eventually nudged out by other ever-more daring performers. He died in 1870, at the age of 32 - officially of smallpox but more probably from something venereal.
Hd left a small legacy: that sexy outfit eponymously named in his honour - and a very bitter wife. And, if this short play is to believed, he very nearly didn't leave the latter...