Edwina d'Erlanger

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Edwina d'Erlanger (Prue)

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: New York, NY, USA
Death: August 18, 1994 (86)
Geneva, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland (Stroke)
Place of Burial: Geneva, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
Immediate Family:

Wife of Leo Frederic Alfred d'Erlanger
Mother of Tessa Edwina May Bertrand and Rodolphe Frederic d'Erlanger
Sister of Mary Whelan Warburg (Prue)

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About Edwina d'Erlanger

Edwina d'Erlanger, the widow of Baron Leo d'Erlanger, died Aug. 18 in a hospital in Geneva, where she had lived since 1975. She was 87. The cause of death was a stroke, according to her sister, Mary Whelan Prue Warburg.

Mrs. d'Erlanger, who modeled and was a professional dancer in Europe in her youth, became a well-known hostess in London during her marriage to the baron, whose title was German but whose family had lived in England since the 19th century.

The former Edwina Prue was born in New York City but spent most of her childhood on a ranch in New Mexico. At 17, she returned to New York with her family and worked for Clare Boothe Luce as a junior editor at Vanity Fair magazine. Later, she was chosen to model for the haute-couture house of Jean Patou in Paris. She stayed on in Europe to perform as a ballroom dancer under the name Edwina Saint Clair.

On her return to New York, she was the understudy for June Walker in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," leaving to be married to Baron d'Erlanger in 1929. The couple divided their time between London and Tunis. She was married for more than 50 years to the Baron, who died 10 years ago. She is survived by a son, Rodolphe, of London; a daughter, Tess d'Erlanger, of Oxford, England; three grandsons, and her sister, of Wilton, Conn.. She was buried in Geneva.

-- New York Times, August 25, 1994


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Edwina d'Erlanger's Timeline

November 23, 1907
New York, NY, USA
Age 26
June 7, 1945
Age 37
August 18, 1994
Age 86
Geneva, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland