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Pauline Bonaparte
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    (October 20, 1780-June 9, 1825)
    Born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France
    Birth name was Maria Paola Bonaparte
    Sister of Napoleon Bonaparte
    Married to General Charles Leclerc (1797-1802) and Camillo Borghese, Prince of Sulmona (1802-25)
    She was better known for her relatives, her looks and her love affairs than any accomplishments, making her the Napoleonic-era equivalent of a Kardashian.
    She was constantly unfaithful to both of her husbands.
    When Napoleon gave her the Duchy of Guantalla, she sold it off to Parma for six million francs.
    Klemens von Metternich said, ‘She was in love with herself, and her only occupation was pleasure.’
    She bathed daily at a time when it was rare behavior.
    While in Haiti with her first husband, she helped nurse victims of a yellow fever epidemic (1801-02).
    She was the model for one of Antonio Canova’s best-known sculptures, ‘Venus Victrix.’
    When asked how she could pose topless, she replied, ‘It was not cold. There was a fire in the studio.’
    She was the only one of Napoleon’s siblings to visit him when he was exiled on Elba.

Credit: C. Fishel

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