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Virginia Elisabetta Luisa Carlotta Antonietta Teresa Maria Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione

Nicknames: "Virginie Élisabeth Louise Charlotte Antoinette Thérèse Marie Oldoïni", "Nicchia"
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Birthplace: Florence, Tuscany
Death: Died in Paris, France
Place of Burial: Père Lachaise Cemetery, 16 Rue du Repos, Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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Daughter of Marquis Filippo Oldoini and Marquise Isabella Lamporecchi
Wife of Francesco Verasis, conte di Castiglione
Partner of Napoleon III, 1er Président de la République française, 3rd Empereur des Français
Mother of Giorgio Verasis

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About Virginia Elisabetta Luisa Carlotta Antonietta Teresa Maria Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione

Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (22 March 1837 – 28 November 1899), better known as La Castiglione, was an Italian courtesan who achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. She was also a significant figure in the early history of photography.

In 1871, just after the defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War, she was called to a secret meeting with Otto von Bismarck to explain to him how the German occupation of Paris could be fatal to his interests. She may have been persuasive, as Paris was spared Prussian occupation.

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1837
March 22, 1837
Florence, Tuscany
1854
1854
Age 16
1899
November 28, 1899
Age 62
Paris, France
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Paris, Ile-de-France, France