Fascinating Women: Victoria Sackville-West

The life of Victoria Sackville-West is fascinating and scandalous. She was the illegitimate daughter of Lionel Sackville-West, a diplomat, and his Andalusian mistress, Josefa Duran, a dancer known as “Pepita.” Over the course of their nineteen year affair (never legalized, since Pepita’s estranged husband outlived her), conducted around the diplomatic capitals of Europe, they produced …

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The Shoe Queen: Rita Lydig

She was known as the “fabulous Mrs. Lydig.” The daughter of a prominent New York family and descendant of the Dukes of Alba, Rita Lydig (née da Costa) was born for an opulent, dramatic life. At an early age she caught the eye of millionaire W.E.D. Stokes, collecting a cool million after divorcing him shortly …

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