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    (August 3, 1872-July 10, 1948)
    Born in San Francisco, California
    Birth name was Maud Alice Burke
    Married shipping heir Sir Bache Cunard
    Established herself as a society hostess in London
    She had a long-term affair with conductor Thomas Beecham.
    She neglected her daughter.
    David Lloyd George called her 'a most dangerous woman' for her ability to beguile leading politicians into making indiscreet remarks during her dinners.
    She encouraged the affair between Wallis Simpson and Edward, Prince of Wales, hoping to receive a court appointment when Edward took the throne.
    When Edward abdicated, she complained, 'How could he do this to me?'
    She was originally going to marry Prince Andre Poniatowski, grandson of the last king of Poland, but he jilted her.
    Her parties were described as featuring 'the cleverest men together with the most beautiful women.'
    She was a tireless fundraiser for the arts.
    At one of the first major society balls after WWII, a guest gestured at the assembled revelers and said, 'This is what we fought the war for.' She replied, 'Oh, do you mean they are all Poles?'

Credit: C. Fishel


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