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Marguerite Séverine Philippine Decazes de Glücksburg

Also Known As: "The Hon. Daisy Fellowes"
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Birthplace: Paris, France
Death: Died in Paris, France
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Daughter of Jean, III. duc Decazes et de Glücksberg and Isabelle Blanche Singer
Wife of Reginald Ailwyn Fellowes and Prince Jean de Broglie
Mother of Rosamond Daisy Fellowes; Ermeline Isabelle Edmée Séverine de Castéja; Isabelle Marguerite Jeanne Pauline de La Moussaye and Jacqueline Marguerite Kraus
Sister of Louis Jean Victor Sévère Decazes de Glücksbierg

Occupation: Novelist, poet, magazine editor.
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About Daisy Fellowes

A celebrated 20th-century society figure, acclaimed beauty Daisy Fellowes was a minor novelist and poet, editor in chief of French Harper's Bazaar, fashion icon, and an heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune.

Born Marguerite Séverine Philippine Decazes de Glücksberg on April 29, 1890 in Paris, she was the only daughter of Isabelle-Blanche Singer, who committed suicide, and Jean Élie Octave Louis Sévère Amanieu Decazes, the 3rd Duke Decazes and Glücksberg. Her maternal grandfather was Isaac Merritt Singer, the American sewing-machine pioneer. After her mother's death, she and her siblings were largely raised by their aunt Winnaretta Singer, Princess Edmond de Polignac, a noted patron of the arts, particularly music.

Her first husband, whom she married 10 May 1910 in Paris, was Jean Amédée Marie Anatole, Prince of Broglie, whom she reportedly caught in bed with the family's chauffeur. He died of influenza on 20 February 1918 while serving with the French Army in Mascara, Algeria, though malicious observers gossiped that he actually committed suicide as a result of his homosexuality having been exposed. They had three daughters:

  • Princess Ermeline Isabelle Edmée Séverine (Neuilly, 16 Feb 1911 - Onez, Switzerland, 10 Sep 1986). Married to Marie Alexandre William Alvar Biaudos Comte de Castéja (Paris, 6 Apr 1907 - Paris, 6 July 1983) in Neuilly, 8 Nov 1932.
  • Princess Isabelle Marguerite Jeanne Pauline (Lamorlaye, 27 Jul 1912 - Geneva, 18 Jul 1960). Married to Olivier Charles Humbert Marie, Marquis de La Moussaye (La Poterie, 26 Mars 1908 - Paris, 20 October 1988) in Neuilly, 3 Jun 1931. Divorced in Paris, 13 April 1945.
  • Princess Jacqueline Marguerite (Paris, 5 January 1918 - Crans-Montana, Valais 26 February 1965). Married to Alfred Ignaz Maria Kraus (Sarajevo, 28 November 1908-) in Neuilly 6 October 1941. Divorced in Münster 3 February 1958.

Her second husband, whom she married on August 9, 1919 in London, was the Hon. Reginald Ailwyn Fellowes, a banker cousin of Winston Churchill. They had one child, Rosamond Daisy Fellowes.

Among her lovers was Duff Cooper, the British ambassador to France.

Fellowes wrote several novels and at least one epic poem. Her best-known work is Les dimanches de la comtesse de Narbonne (1931, published in English as "Sundays"). She also wrote the novel Cats in the Isle of Man.

She also was known as one of the most daring fashion plates of the 20th century, arguably the most important patron of the surrealist couturier Elsa Schiaparelli.

Fellowes died in Paris on December 13, 1962.

Source: Wikipedia

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