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Elizabeth Edwards MP (1645 - 1690)

Elizabeth was widely thought to be "insane" in the community, according to "Families of Ancient New Haven". She had a child born after her marriage to Richard Edwards of Hartford, but he never acknowle...

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Anne Bourchier, 7th Baroness Bourchier (1512 - 1571)

The daughter of Henry Bourchier, 2nd earl of Essex (1471-March 30,1540) and Mary Say (1479-June 5,1535+), Anne Bourchier was married on February 9, 1527, when she was barely ten, to fifteen-year-ol...

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Edna "Rabbit" Murray (1898 - 1966)

Edna "Rabbit" Murray (1898–1966) was a criminal associated with several high-profile gangs in the Depression-era of the early 1930s. Although popularly known to the press as the "Kissing Ban...

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Mary Kinder (1909 - 1981)

Mary Northern Kinder (August 29, 1909 - May 21, 1981) was a Prohibition era gun moll, most noted for being the girlfriend of Harry Pierpont and associate of John Dillinger. Along with Pearl Elliott, ...

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Lena Leato Pierpont (1883 - 1958)

Lena Pierpont (September 13, 1883 – October 21, 1958) was the mother of Prohibition gangster Harry Pierpont. Her fierce loyalty to her son and his compatriots led to her arrest on numerous occ...

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Anna Nicole Smith (c.1967 - c.2007)

Anna Nicole Smith (born Vickie Lynn Hogan; November 28, 1967 – February 8, 2007) was an American model, actress, and television personality. Smith first gained popularity in Playboy, winning t...

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Margaret Duchess of Argyll MP (1912 - 1993)

Birth: Dec. 1, 1912 Death: Jul. 25, 1993 Duchess of Argyll. One of the most photographed and publicized society beauties of her time, she was first married to American stockholder and golfer Char...

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Chicago Joe, Queen of Helena, Montana (1844 - 1899)

One of the best known people in Helena, Montana during its "Eldorado” heydays was Chicago Joe. Born in Ireland as Mary Welch in 1844, she emigrated to New York in 1858 and changed her name to ...

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Clare Consuelo Sheridan (1885 - 1970)

Clare Sheridan (born as Clare Consuelo Frewen; also known as Clare Consuelo Sheridan) (9 September 1885 - 31 May 1970), was an English sculptor and writer known primarily for creating busts for famou...

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Fanny Ronalds (1839 - 1916)

Mary Frances "Fanny" Ronalds (August 23, 1839 – July 28, 1916) was an American socialite and amateur singer who is best known for her long affair with the composer Arthur Sullivan in London in...

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Silver Dollar Tabor (1889 - 1925)

Rosemary Echo Silver Dollar Tabor, was the second daughter of Horace and Elizabeth "Baby Doe" Tabor. The Tabors were one of Colorado's wealthiest families of the time. Silver's mother, Elizabeth Doe,...

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Mary Elizabeth Surratt MP (c.1823 - 1865)

From CrimeMuseum.org : Mary Surratt was born Mary Elizabeth Jenkins in 1823, in the southern Maryland town of Waterloo. Mary’s birthplace was on what can now be considered Andrew’s Air ...

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Ellen Lawless Ternan (1839 - 1914)

Ellen Lawless Ternan (3 March 1839 – 25 April 1914), also known as Nelly Ternan or Nelly Robinson, was an English actress who is mainly known as the mistress of Charles Dickens. Life Ellen...

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Lady Frances Brudenell (1677 - c.1736)

Lady Frances Brudenell (born before 1677, d. 23 February 1735/36), Countess of Newburgh, daughter of Francis Brudenell, Lord Brudenell and Lady Frances Savile. She was famous for ruling "a social...

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Anna Maria Talbot (Brudenell) MP (1642 - 1702)

Anna Maria Talbot (née Anna Maria Brudenell) (25 March 1642 – 20 April 1702) was Countess of Shrewsbury from 1659 to 1668, by virtue of her marriage to Francis Talbot, 11th Earl of Shre...

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Tonya Harding MP

Yacolt, Clark, Washington, United States

Tonya Harding is an American figure skating champion, a two-time Olympian, and a two-time Skate America Champion. In 1991, she won the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and placed second in the World C...

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Mary Emily Williams-Bulkeley (c.1838 - 1887)

Born Mary Emily Baring, her parents were Major Henry Bingham Baring and his wife, Lady Augusta née Brudenell, daughter of the 6th Earl of Cardigan. Her great-grandfather was one of the founders ...

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Nellie Bly (1864 - 1922)

Nellie Bly (May 5, 1864 – January 27, 1922) was the pen name of American pioneer female journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran. She remains notable for two feats: a record-breaking trip around the ...

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Sarah Rosetta Wakeman [alias, Pvt. Lyons Wakeman (USA)] (1843 - 1864)

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman (January 16, 1843–June 19, 1864) was an American woman who posed as a man and fought in the American Civil War. Born in New York, she was the eldest child of Harvey and E...

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Barbara Daly Baekeland (1922 - 1972)

Barbara Daly Baekeland (1922 – November 17, 1972) was a wealthy socialite who was murdered by her son, Anthony Baekeland. She was the ex-wife of Brooks Baekeland, who was the grandson of Leo B...

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Lynda Cheryle Block MP (1948 - 2002)

Lynda Cheryle Lyon Block (February 8, 1948 in Orlando, Florida – May 10, 2002 at Holman Correctional Facility, Alabama) was an American convicted murderer.[1] Hers was the first execution of a w...

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Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd (1891 - 1948)

Lucy Page Mercer Rutherfurd (April 26, 1891 – July 31, 1948) was an American woman best known for her affair with future US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Lucy Mercer was born to wealthy p...

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Herodias Porter MP (1623 - c.1692)

From Colorful Character - Interesting, Odd and Sometimes Scandalous Stories of Our Ancestors Herodias Long (1623-1705) also known as: Harwood, Horod & Hored Married first at 13 - divorced. Lived as...

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Lady Caroline Lamb (1785 - 1828)

The Lady Caroline Lamb (13 November 1785 – 26 January 1828) was a British aristocrat and novelist, best known for her affair with Lord Byron in 1812. Her husband was the 2nd Viscount Melbourne...

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Grace Hubbard Fortescue (1883 - c.1979)

Grace Hubbard Fortescue, née Grace Hubbard Bell (1883–1979) was a New York socialite who took the law into her own hands and killed a defendant charged with the rape of her daughter, an...

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Thalia Massie (1911 - 1963)

Thalia Fortescue Massie (1911–1963) was a member of a socially prominent family who became the genesis of a series of heavily publicized trials in Hawaii. Family life Thalia Fortescue ...

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Hetty Green MP (1834 - 1916)

Hetty Howland Robinson Green (1834-1916) – “The Witch of Wall Street” "After Hetty's death, family genealogist William Emery asked her son, Ned, for clarification [about her name...

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Rose Dunn ("Rose of the Cimarron") (1878 - 1955)

Rose Dunn (September 5, 1878 - June 11, 1955), also known as Rose of the Cimarron, was best known for her good looks and for her romantic involvement with outlaw George "Bittercreek" Newcomb when s...

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Madam Dora DuFran (1868 - 1934)

Madam Dora DuFran or Dora Bolshaw (née Amy Helen Bolshaw) (November 16, 1868 - August 5, 1934) was one of the leading and most successful madams in the Old West days of Deadwood, South Dakota....

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Josie Bassett (cattle rancher and associate of the Wild Bunch gang) (1874 - 1964)

Josie Bassett (January 17, 1874 – 1964) was a female rancher. She and her sister "Queen" Ann Bassett are known for their love affairs and associations with well-known outlaws, particularly B...

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"Queen" Ann Bassett (cattle rancher and associate of the Wild Bunch gang) (1878 - 1956)

Ann Bassett (May 12, 1878 – May 8, 1956), also known as Queen Ann Bassett, was a prominent female rancher of the Old West, and with her sister Josie Bassett, was an associate of outlaws, parti...

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Leonor Teles de Menezes, Rainha de Portugal MP (b. - 1386)

From : Leonor, the Scheming Queen of Portugal King Pedro I of Portugal died in 1367, to be succeeded by his legitimate son, Fernando, son of Queen Constança. The Marriage A few years i...

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Anna Karolina Orzelska, Gräfin (1707 - 1769)

Anna Karolina Orzelska, znana również jako Anna Katarzyna Orzelska urodziła się w Warszawie 26 października 1707 r. jako córka naturalna króla...

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Caroline Durieux (1883 - 1948)

Blanche Zélia Joséphine Delacroix, better known as Caroline Lacroix (13 May 1883 – 12 February 1948) was a French-Romanian prostitute well-noted in her lifetime for being the mos...

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Carolina “La Belle” Otero (1868 - 1965)

Carolina “La Belle” Otero (4 November 1868 – 12 April 1965) was a Galician (Spain) born dancer, actress and courtesan. Early years Born Agustina Otero Iglesias in Valga, Pont...

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Luisa Adele Rosa Maria Amman (1881 - 1957)

Luisa, Marquise Casati Stampa di Soncino (23 January 1881 – 1 June 1957) was an eccentric Italian heiress, muse, and patroness of the arts in early 20th-century Europe. As the concept of dandy...

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Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey MP (1753 - 1821)

She and George IV Hanover, King of the United Kingdom were associated between 1782 and 1803 Links:

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Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston (1720 - 1788)

Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston (1720 – 26 August 1788), sometimes called Countess of Bristol, was the daughter of Colonel Thomas Chudleigh (died 1726), and was appointed maid of hono...

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Venetia Stanley (c.1600 - 1633)

A celebrated beauty, Venetia moved to London alone in her early teens, and had garnered a licentious reputation well before her twentieth birthday. Rumour noted later by the curious antiquary John Aubr...

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Angelica Bray (c.1695 - c.1720)

From "The Baker Family as Remembered" written 4 Feb 1847 by Dr. Simmons Jones Baker: "But I must not forget my great grandfather, poor unhappy man. He married Angelica Bray who had large expectations...

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Lyde Miller Marland (1900 - 1987)

Lydie Marland (April 20, 1900-July 25, 1987), an American socialite, was born Lyde Miller Roberts in Flourtown, Pennsylvania, the second child of Margaret Reynolds (Collins) and George Frederick Robe...

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Belle Brezing MP (1860 - 1940)

Belle Brezing (June 16, 1860 – August 11, 1940) was a nationally known brothel madam in Lexington, Kentucky at the end of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th. Her luxuriant sal...

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Marie-Madeleine Marguerite d'Aubray (1630 - 1676)

Marie-Madeleine-Marguerite d'Aubray, Marquise de Brinvilliers (22 July 1630 – 17 July 1676) was a French murderer. Crimes Marie-Madeleine-Marguerite d'Aubray conspired with her lover, ar...

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Aileen Carol Pittman MP (1956 - 2002)

Aileen was born to teenage parents. Her biological father was a convicted child molestor and committed suicide in prison. Her mother was allegedly disowned from the family for eloping with him. Aileene...

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Cora Crane (1868 - 1910)

Find a Grave Birth: 1868 Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA Death: 1910 Jacksonville Duval County Florida, USA War correspondent and brothel owner. Cora Stewart-Taylor-Crane was better kn...

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Lillie Hitchcock Coit ('Firebelle Lil') (1843 - 1929)

Lillie Hitchcock Coit (August 23, 1843 in West Point – July 22, 1929 in San Francisco) was a well-known volunteer firefighter, wife of Howard Coit, and the benefactor for the construction ...

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Henrietta Wentworth, 6th Baroness Wentworth (1660 - 1686)

Henrietta Maria Wentworth, 6th Baroness Wentworth (11 August 1660 – 23 April 1686) was an English suo jure peeress. The only child of Thomas Wentworth, 5th Baron Wentworth and his wife, Ph...

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Colette MP (1873 - 1954)

Colette , de son vrai nom Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, est une romancière française, née à Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye (Yonne) le 28 janvier 1873, morte à Paris le 3 ao&#x...

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Martha Ray (1742 - 1779)

Martha Ray (1742 – 7 April 1779) was a British singer of the Georgian era. Her father was a corsetmaker and her mother was a servant in a noble household. Good-looking, intelligent, and a tale...

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Gypsy Rose Lee (1911 - 1970)

Gypsy Rose Lee (January 9, 1911 – April 26, 1970) was an American burlesque entertainer famous for her striptease act. She was also an actress, author, and playwright whose 1957 memoir was mad...

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George Anne Bellamy (1727 - 1788)

George Anne Bellamy (23 April 1727- 1788) was an Irish actress. Biography She was born, by her own account, at Fingal, Ireland. "George Anne" was a name given by mistake for Georgiana. She wa...

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Anne, Duchess of Cumberland and Strathearn (1742 - 1808)

Anne Horton (née Anne Luttrell, later the Duchess of Cumberland and Strathearn) (24 January 1743 – 28 December 1808) was a member of the British Royal Family, the wife of Prince Henry, ...

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Mary Nesbitt (c.1742 - 1825)

Mary Nesbitt (born 1742/3 - died 1825) was an English upper class socialite and courtesan who mixed in the elevated circles of government and royalty in late 18th century Great Britain. Her home, Nor...

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Mahala Mullins MP (1824 - 1898)

Mahalla Collins Mullins (1824-1898) from Tennesee ladies with a checkered past 2007 Mahala Mullins is touted as the “most famous Melungeon.” Because of this, it is hard to separat...

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Barbara Payton MP (1927 - 1967)

The words "notorious," "infamous," and "flamboyant" have all been used to describe Hollywood beauty Barbara Payton. A Warner Bros. contract player of the early 1950s, Payton had a promising start in mo...

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Mary Magdalene Turner MP (1621 - 1685)

A Red-hot 'A' and a Lusting Divine:Sources For The Scarlet Letter By Frederick Newberry. The New England Quarterly. 1987 -- Pages 256-264. (Reprinted with permission). Lane Memorial Library. A bo...

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Eleanor G. Holm (1913 - 2004)

Eleanor G. Holm (December 6, 1913 – January 31, 2004) was an American competition swimmer and Olympic gold medalist. She is best known for having been suspended from the 1936 Summer Olympics...

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Sally Rand (1904 - 1979)

Sally Rand (April 3, 1904[1] – August 31, 1979) was a burlesque dancer and actress, most noted for her ostrich feather fan dance and balloon bubble dance. She also performed under the name Bil...

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Ann Crowell (b. - 1975)

Ann Eden Crowell was an actress who also danced as a showgirl in upscale New York nightclubs. She married William "Billy" Woodward, Jr. (June 12, 1920–October 31, 1955) who was the heir to the...

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Clara M. Ward MP (1873 - 1916)

The story of Clara Ward, who commonly used one or another version of the title "Princesse de Caraman-Chimay", is poorly known today, but for some years in the early 1890s she was the toast of the Unite...

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Elizabeth Loring (1744 - 1831)

The wife of British officer Joshua Loring, Jr., Elizabeth Lloyd grew up in Boston, the only daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Davenport) Lloyd. Known as Betsey in the family, she was the granddaught...

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Mary Butterworth (1686 - 1775)

Mary (Peck) Butterworth , daughter of one of the most influential first families of Rehoboth, Massachusetts and related, both by blood and through her marriage to nearly every other first family in the...

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Leila Diniz MP (1945 - 1972)

Leila Roque Diniz (Niterói, 25 de março de 1945 — Nova Délhi, Índia, 14 de junho de 1972) foi uma atriz brasileira. Biography in English Fonte para os detalhes fa...

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Joan Vollmer (1923 - 1951)

Joan Vollmer (February 4, 1923 – September 6, 1951[2]) was the most prominent female member of the early Beat Generation circle. While a student at Barnard College, she became the roommate of ...

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The Hon. Nancy Mitford MP (1904 - 1973)

Nancy Freeman-Mitford , CBE, styled The Hon. Nancy Mitford before her marriage and The Hon. Mrs Rodd thereafter. She was born 28 November 1904 in Belgravia, Westminster, England and died 30 June 1973 o...

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Unity Mitford MP (1914 - 1948)

Unity Valkyrie Mitford was a member of the aristocratic Mitford family, tracing its origins in Northumberland back to the 11th century Norman settlement of England. Her sister Diana was married to Oswa...

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Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester MP (1657 - 1717)

Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester, Countess of Portmore (21 December 1657 – 26 October 1717), daughter of Sir Charles Sedley, 5th Baronet, was the mistress of King James VII and II both b...

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Eugénia Infante da Câmara MP (1837 - 1879)

Eugénia Infante da Câmara (Lisboa, 9 de abril de 1837 -- Rio de Janeiro, 28 de maio de 1874) foi uma actriz de teatro portuguesa, poetisa, autora e tradutora de peças teatrais. E...

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Ani DiFranco MP

New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Ani DiFranco is an American singer, guitarist, poet, and songwriter. She has released more than 20 albums and is widely considered a feminist icon. DiFranco was born in Buffalo, New York, to Elizabet...

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Ana Gonçalves Pais de Azevedo (c.1612 - 1674)

Lees meer - NL Read more - EN and more here - EN or PT and here - PT

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Angelica Schuyler Church MP (1756 - 1814)

Angelica Schuyler Church (February 20, 1756 – March 13, 1814[1]) was the eldest daughter of Continental Army General Philip Schuyler, wife of British MP John Barker Church, sister of Elizabeth S...

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Frakok Moddansdatter MP (1064 - 1138)

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Polly Jacob (aka, Caresse Crosby) (1891 - 1970)

Caresse Crosby (April 20, 1891–January 26, 1970), born Mary Phelps Jacob (nicknamed "Polly" by her parents), was an American patron of the arts, poet, publisher, and peace activist. At age 19,...

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Françoise Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan (1641 - 1707)

Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart (1) F, #26, b. 1641, d. 27 May 1707 Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart was born in 1641 at Tonnay-Charente, France. (1) ...

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Chiquinha Gonzaga MP (1847 - 1935)

Francisca Edwiges Neves Gonzaga, mais conhecida como Chiquinha Gonzaga (Rio de Janeiro, 17 de outubro de 1847 — 28 de fevereiro de 1935) foi uma compositora, pianista e regente brasileira. Foi...

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Veridiana Valéria da Silva Prado MP (1825 - 1910)

Veridiana Valéria da Silva Prado (São Paulo, 11 de fevereiro de 1825 — 11 de junho de 1910) foi uma feminista brasileira. Nascida numa tradicional família paulistana, e fe...

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Alse Young MP (c.1600 - 1647)

Alse Young (sometimes cited as Achsah Young or Alice Young) (b. cal 1600) (died May 26, 1647) of Windsor, Connecticut, was the first person in the records executed for witchcraft in the thirteen Americ...

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Gabrielle d'Estrées, Duchesse de Beaufort (1571 - 1599)

Gabrielle d'Estrées, Duchesse de Beaufort (1) F, #589, b. 1571, d. 10 April 1599 Last Edited=28 Jan 2009 Gabrielle d'Estrées, Duchesse de Beaufort was born in 1571 at Château...

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Vita Sackville-West MP (1892 - 1962)

Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) (Victoria Mary Sackville-West) Garden designer/creater, Gardener, a garden writer The Hon Lady Nicolson, CH (9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962), best known as Vita...

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Violet Trefusis MP (1894 - 1970)

Violet Trefusis née Keppel (6 June 1894 – 29 February 1972) was an English writer and socialite. She is chiefly remembered for her lesbian affair with the poet Vita Sackville-West. She ...

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Elizabeth Hope (1842 - 1922)

Elizabeth Reid, Lady Hope, née Cotton (9 December 1842–8 March 1922) was a British evangelist who claimed in 1915 to have visited the British naturalist Charles Darwin shortly before hi...

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Jane Elizabeth Digby MP (1807 - 1881)

See Wikipedia... -------------------- Jane Elizabeth Digby, Lady Ellenborough (3 April 1807 – 11 August 1881) was an English aristocrat who lived a scandalous life of romantic adventure, spann...

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Lady Jane Douglas (1697 - 1753)

Lady Jane Douglas, b. 17 Mar 1698, d. 22 Nov 1753 at Crosscauseway, near the Windmill, Edinburgh, Scotland. Parents: James Douglas, 2nd Marquess of Douglas (c.1646 – 25 February 1700) & Mary...

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Gráinne Ní Mháille, Sea Queen of Connacht MP (c.1530 - c.1603)

From the English Wikipedia page on Grace O'Malley, Pirate Queen: Gráinne Ní Mháille (c. 1530 – c. 1603), Gráinne O'Malley[1] or Grace O'Malley,[2] was Queen of Um...

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Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, Queen of Egypt MP (c.-69 - -30)

Wikipedia Cleopatra VII Philopator (in Greek, Κλεοπάτρα Φιλοπάτωρ; Januar...

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Vashti / ושתי / Amestris MP (b. - 366)

Vashti - Wikipedia Book of Esther, Wikipedia Read The Book of Esther - English & Hebrew Vashti the First Feminist"'

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Countess Erzsébet - Elizabeth Báthory MP (1560 - 1614)

--------------------------------- Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (Báthory Erzsébet in Hungarian, Alžbeta Bátoriová in Slovak; 7 August 1560 – 21 Au...

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Frida Kahlo MP (1907 - 1954)

Frida Kahlo de Rivera, born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, was a Mexican painter born in Coyoacán. Perhaps best known for her self-portraits, Kahlo's work is remembered for its...

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Mercedes de Acosta (1893 - 1968)

Mercedes de Acosta (March 1, 1893 – May 9, 1968) was an American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite, best known for her numerous lesbian affairs with Hollywood personalities inclu...

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Isadora Duncan MP (1877 - 1927)

Photos Isadora Duncan (May 26, 1877 - September 14, 1927) was a dancer, considered by many to be the creator of modern dance. Born in the United States, she lived in Europe and the Soviet Union fro...

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Victoria Woodhull (Claflin) MP (1838 - 1927)

Victoria Claflin Woodhull, later Victoria Woodhull Martin, (September 23, 1838 – June 9, 1927) was an American leader of the woman's suffrage movement. Woodhull was an advocate of free lov...

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Tennessee Celeste "Tennie" Claflin (1845 - 1923)

Tennessee Celeste Claflin (October 26, 1845 – January 18, 1923), also known as Tennie C. and later Lady Cook, was an American suffragist best known as one of the first women to open a Wall Str...

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Mary Miles Minter (1902 - 1984)

Mary Miles Minter (April 1, 1902 – August 4, 1984) was an American film actress of the silent film era. Early life and rise to stardom Born Juliet Reilly in Shreveport, Louisiana, Mint...

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Charlotte Shelby (1877 - 1957)

Charlotte Shelby (Lily Pearl Miles Reilly) (19 December 1877 - 13 March 1957) was a popular Broadway actress in her youth and was long noted as a suspect in the murder of Hollywood director William D...

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Mabel Normand (1892 - 1930)

Mabel Normand (November 9, 1892 – February 23, 1930) was an American silent film comedienne and actress. She was a popular star of Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios and is noted as one of the fi...

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Anne Maddison Bradley (deceased)

On December 8, 1906, Senator Arthur Brown of Utah was shot in Washington, D.C., by his longtime mistress, Anne Maddison Bradley, who claimed to be the mother of his children. The lovers were jailed mor...

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Anna Cooke (c.1787 - 1826)

The Beauchamp–Sharp Tragedy (sometimes called the Kentucky Tragedy) was the murder of Kentucky legislator Solomon P. Sharp by Jereboam O. Beauchamp ( /dʒɛrəˈbo...

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Lady Flora Elizabeth Rawdon-Hastings (1806 - 1839)

Lady Flora Elizabeth Rawdon-Hastings (11 February 1806 – 5 July 1839) was a British aristocrat and lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent. Her death in 1839 caused a c...

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Peggy O'Neale MP (c.1799 - 1879)

Margaret O'Neill (or O'Neale) Eaton (December 3, 1799 – November 8, 1879), better known as Peggy Eaton, was the daughter of Rhoda Howell and William O'Neale, the owner of Franklin House, a pop...

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Kate Ferguson (1841 - d.)

Kate Ferguson was a notorious "southern belle", who hailed from two of the South’s most prominent families. She was born Catherine Sarah Lee, to the southern poet Eleanor Percy Lee and William...

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