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Gaby Deslys: A Fatal Attraction By James Gardiner,

  • Title: Gaby Deslys: A Fatal Attraction
  • Author: James Gardiner
  • ISBN: 9780283993985
  • Page: 340
  • Format: None
  • In 1920 a young woman died leaving a fortune estimated at 12 million francs, and jewellery to rival any queens She left everything to the poor of Marseilles Gaby Deslys had been the lover of princes, the mistress of Gordon Selfridge and the obsession of J M Barrie She died as one of the riches and most famous beauties in the world, but she was a woman of secrets, andIn 1920 a young woman died leaving a fortune estimated at 12 million francs, and jewellery to rival any queens She left everything to the poor of Marseilles Gaby Deslys had been the lover of princes, the mistress of Gordon Selfridge and the obsession of J M Barrie She died as one of the riches and most famous beauties in the world, but she was a woman of secrets, and the secrets died with her Gaby Deslys was born in Marseilles in 1881 Always hungry for glamour, she moved to Paris to dance and sing in the seedier theatres of La Belle Epoque Before long she was its most celebrated star, commanding huge fees, receiving startling gifts and captivating audiences throughout Europe in a series of hugely successful revues The young Cecil Beaton wrote of her, Gaby Deslys was something of a key transitional figure a successor to the grand Parisian cocottes of the nineties on the one hand and, since she was a theatrical figure, the precursor of a whole school of glamour that was to be exemplified twenty years later by Marlene Dietrich Her appeal lay in basic, manipulative eroticism With her spectacular costumes, suggestive stage presence and a rumoured scandalous private life, she represented all that was forbidden to society then She revelled in her reputation but remained tantalizingly silent, thus fanning rumours that she brought about the fall of the Portuguese monarchy and even spied for the Allies during the First World War She was awarded the Croix de Guerre A furore followed her death, with fortune hunters staking outrageous claims to her wealth including a Hungarian couple who maintained that they were Gaby s parents, but after years of acrimony the headlines ceased and the people of Marseilles received their legacy In Gaby Deslys A Fatal Attraction, James Gardiner has pieced together the fragments of a classic mystery, a remarkable woman and her extraordinary times.
    Gaby Deslys A Fatal Attraction In a young woman died leaving a fortune estimated at million francs and jewellery to rival any queens She left everything to the poor of Marseilles Gaby Deslys had been the lover of princes

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