By Caroline Moorehead
Her canvases have been the courtroom of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette; the nice Terror; the US on the time of Washington and Jefferson; Paris below the Directoire after which below Napoleon; Regency London; the conflict of Waterloo; and, for the final years of her existence, the Italian ducal courts. She witnessed firsthand the dying of the French monarchy, the wave of the Revolution and the Reign of Terror, and the precipitous upward push and fall of Napoleon. Lucie Dillon—a daughter of French and British the Aristocracy identified in France via her married identify, Lucie de los angeles travel du Pin—was the chronicler of her age.
In this compelling biography, Caroline Moorehead illuminates the extreme lifestyles and noteworthy achievements of this robust, witty, dependent, opinionated, and dynamic girl who survived own tragedy and the devastation wrought through momentous old occasions.
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Fields walked by, she froze. Evelyn assured her that stargazing was easy at a place that employed Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Mae West, the Marx brothers, Bob Hope, and Bing Crosby. More out of curiosity than desire, Ruth asked how someone could get a job at Paramount. Evelyn was dismissive. Everybody wanted to work in Hollywood. You needed high-level connections, otherwise getting a job was impossible. ” But telling Ruth she could not do something was a guarantee she would try.
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