a love affair with a Grand Duke?

I found an interesting info about Lantelme in the book Never a Dull Moment by some Marguerite Cassini. It’s the memoirs of a countess about belle epoque aristocracy. When she wrote the book (1956), she was 74 years so some details can be incorrect. For example she calls Edwards an American, and she writes Lantelme’s name as Lanthelme.

The actress is mentioned only twice, but both times the details are very interesting.

“The Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna, for example, dashed often to Paris, where she would be seen with her friend Lucien Guitry, the great actor of the Comedie-Francaise, while her husband, the Grand Duke Vladimir, would try to avoid seeing her, mostly with Lanthelme, the ravishing brunette doll who was the rage of Paris”.

The Grand Duke Vladimir was third son of the emperor Alexander II, born in 1847 and died in 1909.  Brief info about him on wikipedia site, more info in Russian with more photos on the same site. For example, see a photo of him here.

Also Cassini wrote:

“And there was Lanthelme whom I sometimes saw at Callot, where she dressed. She wore her gowns only once, returned them the next day, torn and soiled, and the vendeuses would show them around. Lanthelme, born in the gutter, was one of the first of her kind to marry — an American named Edwards who owned the Paris newspaper Le Matin. She became even richer than her husband and died mysteriosly, thrown overboard from her yacht — according to the inquest “by hands unknown” “.

I didn’t know that Lantelme had been a Callot client; I know after she met Edwards and could choose dresses (and dressmakers too), she was a client of Doucet, also of Paquin, Lanvin, Jean Patou and Madeleine Vionnet. If someone has a photo of Lantelme in a Callot dress, please let me know.

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