Lady Diana Adby (Bridgeman)

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About Lady Diana Adby (Bridgeman)

Lady Helen Diana Bridgeman usually went by her middle name of Diana.Her married name became Abdy.

Lady Helen Diana Bridgeman (22 June 1907 – 7 May 1967) was an English socialite and fashion leader included in The Book of Beauty by Cecil Beaton.


Lady Helen Diana Bridgeman was born on 22 June 1907, the daughter of Orlando Bridgeman, 5th Earl of Bradford, and the Hon. Margaret Cecilia Bruce.

In 1922 she was the youngest bridesmaid at the wedding of Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood (1897-1965), Princess Royal, daughter of George V.

On 10 February 1930 she married Sir Robert Henry Edward Abdy, 5th Baronet, son of Sir Henry Beadon Abdy, 4th Bt. and Anna Adele Coronna. They had one son, Sir Valentine Robert Duff Abdy, 6th Baronet (1937–2012) and divorced in 1962. Sir Robert Abdy was an art authority and owned antique shops in London and Paris. Lady Diana Bridgeman was also an artist, in 1920 publisher Erskine MacDonald published The Poems & Paintings of the Lady Diana Bridgeman. Her portrait posing as a painter by Harold Speed is at the Leamington Spa Gallery and Museum.

In 1933 she was included, together with her sister, in The Book of Beauty by Cecil Beaton: "Lady Abdy is a more exotic edition of her (Rosamund Pinchot n.d.r.); leonine large and pale, sullen with flowing ash air and richly curving lips. Her movements are panther like, and in many other ways she resembles Greta Garbo."

She died on 7 May 1967.

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Lady Diana Adby (Bridgeman)'s Timeline

June 22, 1907
September 11, 1937
Age 30
May 7, 1967
Age 59