Lillie Langtry

Born Oct 13, 1853

Lillie Langtry, usually spelled Lily Langtry when she was in the U.S. , born Emilie Charlotte Le Breton, was a British music hall singer and stage actress famous for her many stage productions including She Stoops to Conquer, The Lady of Lyons and As You Like It. She was also known for her relationships with nobility, including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Shrewsbury and Prince Louis of Battenberg.… Read More

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1853 Birth Born in 1853 as Emilie Charlotte Le Breton, Langtry was the only daughter of Rev. William Corbet Le Breton and his wife Emilie Davis (née Martin), who was known for her beauty. … Read More


1874 21 Years Old On 6 March 1874, 20-year-old Lillie married 30-year-old Irish landowner Edward Langtry, a widower, who had been married to Jane Frances Price. … Read More
1877 24 Years Old The Prince of Wales, Albert Edward ("Bertie", later Edward VII), arranged to sit next to Langtry at a dinner party given by Sir Allen Young on May 24, 1877. (Her husband Edward was seated at the other end of the table.) Although the Prince was married to Princess Alexandra and had six children, he was a well-known philanderer. He became infatuated with Langtry, and she soon became his semi-official mistress. She was presented to the Prince's mother, Queen Victoria. Eventually, a cordial relationship developed between Langtry and Princess Alexandra. The affair lasted from late 1877 to June 1880.
In April 1879, Langtry had an affair with Prince Louis of Battenberg, while she was involved with Arthur Clarence Jones (1854–1930), an old friend.
1880 27 Years Old In June 1880, she became pregnant. … Read More
Although remaining friends with the Prince, Lillie Langtry's physical relationship with him ended when she became pregnant, probably by her old friend Arthur Jones with whom she went to Paris for the birth of the child, Jeanne Marie, in March 1881.
Early in 1882, Langtry quit the production team at the Haymarket and started her own company, touring the UK with various plays. … Read More


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Eventually, her production company started a coast-to-coast tour of the USA, ending in May 1883 with a “fat profit.” Before leaving New York, she had an acrimonious break with Henrietta Labouchere over Langtry's relationship with Frederick Gebhard, a wealthy young American. … Read More
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1889 36 Years Old …  In 1889, Langtry met “an eccentric young bachelor, with vast estates in Scotland, a large breeding stud, a racing stable, and more money than he knew what to do with”: he was George Alexander Baird or Squire Abington, as he came to be known. … Read More
1891 38 Years Old Langtry became involved in a relationship with Baird, from 1891 until his death in March 1893. … Read More


1895 42 Years Old Despite speculation, Langtry and Gebhard never married. In 1895 he married Lulu Morris of Baltimore. They divorced in 1901.
1897 44 Years Old During her travels in the United States, Langtry became an American citizen and on May 13, 1897, divorced her husband, Edward Langtry, in Lakeport, California. … Read More
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After the divorce from her husband, Langtry was linked in the popular press to Prince Louis Esterhazy; they shared time together and both had an interest in horse racing. However, in 1899, she married 28-year-old Hugo Gerald de Bathe (1871-1940), son of Sir Henry de Bathe, 4th Baronet and Charlotte Clare. Hugo's parents had initially not married, due to objections from the de Bathe family. They lived together and seven of their children were born out of wedlock. They married after the death of Sir Henry's father in 1870, and Hugo was their first son born in wedlock – making him heir to the baronetcy.
1902 49 Years Old In 1902, Jeanne Marie married the Scottish politician, Sir Ian Malcolm at St Margaret's, Westminster.


1907 54 Years Old In 1907 Hugo's father died; he became the 5th Baronet and Langtry became Lady de Bathe. … Read More


1917 64 Years Old She last appeared on the stage in America in 1917. … Read More
1919 66 Years Old Langtry owned a stud at Gazely, Newmarket. This venture was not a success. After a few years, she gave up attempts to breed blood-stock. Langtry sold Regal Lodge and all her horse-racing interests in 1919 before she moved to Monaco. … Read More
1928 75 Years Old Langtry continued to have involvement with her husband's Irish properties after his death. These were compulsory purchased from her in 1928 under the Northern Ireland Land Act, 1925. … Read More
1929 76 Years Old Langtry died in Monaco at dawn 12 February 1929. … Read More
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