Lillie Langtry
British courtesan
Lillie Langtry
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.
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Dettori faces late dash to ride Dunlop's Snow Fairy - Irish Times
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O'Brien completed the Champion-Matron double last year with Cape Blanco and Lillie Langtry. * JASON Maguire faces an uncertain spell on the sidelines after injuries suffered in a fall at Cartmel over the weekend turned out to be more serious than first
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Last updated at 7:00 PM on 20th August 2011 - Daily Mail
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From the start, it attracted writers, artists and musicians, including Lillie Langtry, Frida Kahlo, Mark Rothko and Edith Piaf. The arty crowd didn't always have the place entirely to themselves — survivors from the Titanic were put up there briefly
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Leeds City Varieties' £9.9m refurbishment ready - BBC News
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Its stage has hosted Charlie Chaplin, Harry Houdini, Lillie Langtry, Mickey Rooney, Frankie Vaughan and Barry Cryer. It was in 1953 that the Varieties became the home of The Good Old Days. David Evans, of Leeds City Council said that "The idea of the
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... but the King George V Handicap winner has got a bit on his plate to make his mark in the Geoffrey Freer and it's best to side with the proven class, which comes in the form of the filly Meeznah, who won the Lillie Langtry at Goodwood last time
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Play against Jeff Stelling and co to win big prizes - SkySports
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She's still improving judged on her impressive win in the Group 3 Lillie Langtry at Goodwood last month and Frankie stays loyal despite the presence of Godolphin's Claremont. The latter hasn't raced since Meydan back in March and Times Up looks a
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Delzangles also outlined plans for Shankardeh, who was second to Meeznah in the Group Three Lillie Langtry Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. "She ran a very good race and she's in very good form," Delzangles added. "I'm not sure if I'm going back to England
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An Irishman's Diary - Irish Times
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Edward's liaisons included the actresses Sarah Bernhardt and Lillie Langtry, the Moulin Rouge dancer La Goulue and a string of married society women, such as Lady Warwick and Lady Mordaunt. His enduring relationship was with Mrs Alice Keppel,
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Living Legends - Eater National
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In 1905, Lillie Langtry, an actress and onetime paramour of King Edward VII sued the restaurant for refusing female entrance. She eventually won, and the restaurant put up the sign "Ladies are in luck, they can dine at Keens
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Horse Power: At Glorious Goodwood Watch Out for... Field Of Miracles, Rhythm ... - Liverpool Echo
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John Gosden's Galileo filly is set for what used to be the Lillie Langtry Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Thursday and gain a deserved win. A WINNER at Royal Ascot, Rhythm Of Light looks sure to go close in the Golden Mile next Friday
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Cecil maps out Goodwood raid - SkySports
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He also has Wild Coco for the i-share Fillies' Stakes, better known as the Lillie Langtry Stakes, and Chachamaidee for the Oak Tree Stakes. "Midday and Principal Role could both run in the Nassau. They have both been working nicely and seem in good
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It was also there that Edward VII, the future king of England would court and secretly meet his mistress, the highly paid actress and renowned society beauty Lillie Langtry. Lillie continued to live in her apartment even after she sold her house,
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Goodwood target for Meeznah - SkySports
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Trainer David Lanigan is now looking at running her in the Group Three Blackrock Stakes, registered as the Lillie Langtry Stakes, at Glorious Goodwood on July 28. "She seems fine, so hopefully we'll probably go for the Lillie Langtry at Goodwood,
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County's state fair exhibit wins awards; chosen as best design of all county ... - Lake County News
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It featured small-scale facade reconstructions of local 1800s storefronts, as well as the Lake County Courthouse Museum and the Lillie Langtry house. This year three major portions of the exhibit were built by Tim Salisbury Construction of Kelseyville
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Wending through wine country: Cruising the back roads in a Mercedes CLS550 - Los Altos Town Crier
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The winery is named for famed British actress, socialite and paramour to royalty Lillie Langtry. She owned the property from 1888 to 1908, and her house is still there and open to visitors. The winery is located in an unassuming building with an
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  • 1929
    Age 75
    Langtry died in Monaco at dawn 12 February 1929.
    More Details Hide Details She had asked to be buried in her parents' tomb at St. Saviour's Church in Jersey. Due to blizzards, transport was delayed. Her body was taken to St Malo and across to Jersey on 22 February on the steamer Saint Brieuc. Her coffin lay in St. Saviour's overnight surrounded by flowers, and she was buried on the afternoon of 23 February. Pictures of the funeral may be viewed at In her will, Langtry left £2,000 to a young man that she had become fond of in later life named Charles Louis D'Albani; the son of a Newmarket solicitor, he was born in about 1891. She also left £1,000 to Dr A. T. Bulkeley Gavin of 5 Berkeley Square, London, a physician and surgeon who treated wealthy patients. In 1911 he had been engaged to author Katherine Cecil Thurston, who died before they could marry; she had already changed her will in favour of Bulkeley Gavin.
  • 1928
    Age 74
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This was passed after the Partition of Ireland, with the purpose of the government taking ownership of property from the landlords and transferring it to tenants.
  • 1919
    Age 65
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Regal Lodge had been her home for twenty-three years and received many celebrated guests, not least the Prince of Wales. During her stage career Langtry became friendly with William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898), who was the British Prime Minister on four occasions during the reign of Queen Victoria. In her memoirs Langtry says that she first met Gladstone when she was posing for her portrait at Millais' studio. They were later friends and he became a mentor to her. He told her, "In your professional career, you will receive attacks, personal and critical, just and unjust. Bear them, never reply, and, above all, never rush into print to explain or defend yourself". In 1925, Captain Peter Emmanuel Wright published a book called Portraits and Criticisms. In it, he claimed that Gladstone had numerous extramarital affairs, including one with Langtry. Gladstone’s son Herbert Gladstone wrote a letter calling Wright a liar, a coward and a fool; Wright sued him. During the trial a telegram, sent by Langtry from Monte Carlo, was read out in court saying, "I strongly repudiate the slanderous accusations of Peter Wright." The jury found against Wright, saying that the "gist of the defendant's letter of 27 July was true" and that the evidence vindicated the high moral standards of the late William E. Gladstone.
  • 1917
    Age 63
    She last appeared on the stage in America in 1917.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, she made her final appearance in the theatre in London. From 1900 to 1903, with financial support from Edgar Cohen, Langtry became the lessee and manager of London's Imperial Theatre, opening on the 21 April 1901 after an extensive refit.
  • 1907
    Age 53
    In 1907 Hugo's father died; he became the 5th Baronet and Langtry became Lady de Bathe.
    More Details Hide Details When Hugo de Bathe became the 5th Baronet, he inherited properties in Sussex, Devon and Ireland; those in Sussex were in the hamlet of West Stoke near Chichester. These were: Woodend, 17 bedrooms set in 71 acres; Hollandsfield, 10 bedrooms set in 52 acres and Balsom’s Farm of 206 acres. Woodend was retained as the de Bathe residence whilst the smaller Hollandsfield was let. Today the buildings retain their period appearance, but modifications and additions have been made, and the complex is now multi-occupancy. One of the houses on the site is named Langtry and another Hardy. The de Bathe properties were all sold in 1919, the same year that Lady de Bathe sold Regal Lodge. During her final years, Langtry, as Lady de Bathe, resided in Monaco whilst her husband, Sir Hugo de Bathe, lived in Vence, Alpes Maritimes. The two saw one another at social gatherings or in brief private encounters. During World War I Hugo de Bathe was an ambulance driver for the French Red Cross. After Langtry's death, he remarried on November 26, 1931 in Corsica, to Deborah Warschowsk Henius, a Danish lady. Langtry's closest companion during her time in Monaco was her friend, Mathilde Marie Peate, the widow of her butler. Peate was at Langtry's side during the final days of her life as she died of pneumonia in Monte Carlo. Langtry left Peate £10,000, the Monaco property known as Villa le Lys, clothes, and Langtry's motor car.
  • 1902
    Age 48
    In 1902, Jeanne Marie married the Scottish politician, Sir Ian Malcolm at St Margaret's, Westminster.
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  • 1899
    Age 45
    The wedding between Langtry and de Bathe took place in St Saviour’s Church, Jersey, on July 27, 1899, with Langtry's daughter being the only other person present, apart from the officials.
    More Details Hide Details This was the same day that Langtry's horse, Merman, won the Goodwood Cup. In December of that year de Bathe volunteered to join the British forces fighting the Boer War in South Africa, and he was assigned to the Robert’s Horse mounted brigade as a lieutenant.
    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.
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  • 1897
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her ownership of land in America was introduced in evidence at her divorce to help demonstrate to the judge that she was a citizen of the country. In June of that year Edward Langtry issued a statement giving his side of the story, which was published in the New York Journal. He died a few months later in an asylum, after being found in a demented condition at a railway station. Cause of death was probably due to a brain haemorrhage after a fall during on a steamer crossing from Belfast to Liverpool. A verdict of accidental death was returned at the inquest. A letter of condolence later written by Langtry to another widow reads in part, "I too have lost a husband, but alas! it was no great loss."
  • 1895
    Age 41
    Despite speculation, Langtry and Gebhard never married. In 1895 he married Lulu Morris of Baltimore. They divorced in 1901.
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  • 1891
    Age 37
    Langtry became involved in a relationship with Baird, from 1891 until his death in March 1893.
    More Details Hide Details When Baird died, Langtry purchased two of his horses, Lady Rosebery and Studley Royal, at the estate dispersal sale. She moved her training to Sam Pickering’s stables at Kentford House and took Regal Lodge as a residence in the village of Kentford, near Newmarket. The building is a short distance from Baird's original race horse breeding establishment, which has since been renamed Meddler Stud. Langtry found mentors in Captain James Octavius Machell and Joe Thompson, who provided guidance on all matters related to the turf. When her trainer Pickering failed to deliver results, she moved her expanded string of 20 horses to Fred Webb at Exning. Told of a good horse for sale in Australia called Merman, she purchased it and had it shipped to England; such shipments were risky and she had a previous bad experience with a horse arriving injured (Maluma). Merman was regarded as one of the best “stayers”; he eventually went on to win the Lewes Handicap, the Cesarewitch, Jockey Club Cup, Goodwood Stakes, Goodwood Cup, and Ascot Gold Cup (with Tod Sloan up). Langtry later had a second Cesarewitch winner with Yentoi, and a third place with Raytoi. An imported horse from New Zealand called Uniform, won the Lewes Handicap for her.
  • 1889
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He inherited wealth from his grandfather, who with seven of his sons, had developed and prospered from coal and iron workings. Baird’s father had died when he was a young boy, leaving him a fortune in trust. In addition, he inherited the estates of two equally wealthy uncles who had died childless. Langtry and Baird met at a race course when he gave her a betting tip and the stake money to place on the horse. The horse won and, at a later luncheon party, Baird also offered her the gift of a horse named Milford. She at first demurred, but others at the table advised her to accept, as this horse was a very fine prospect. The horse won several races under Langtry’s colours; he was registered to “Mr Jersey” (women were excluded from registering horses at this time).
  • 1888
    Age 34
    On August 13, 1888, Langtry and Gebhard traveled in her private car attached to an Erie Railroad express train bound for Chicago.
    More Details Hide Details Another railcar was transporting 17 of their horses when it derailed at Shohola, Pennsylvania at 1:40 am. Rolling down an embankment, it burst into flames. One person died in the fire, along with Gebhard's champion runner Eole and 14 racehorses belonging to him and Langtry. Two horses survived the wreck, including St. Saviour, full brother to Eole. He was named for St. Saviour's Church in Jersey. This was where Langtry's father had been rector and where she chose to be buried at her death.
  • 1885
    Age 31
    With Gebhard, Langtry became involved in the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing. In 1885, she and Gebhard brought a stable of American horses to race in England.
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  • 1883
    Age 29
    After her return from New York in 1883, Langtry registered at the Conservatoire in Paris for six weeks' intensive training to improve her acting technique.
    More Details Hide Details In 1889, she took on the part of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's Macbeth. In 1903, she starred in the US in The Crossways, written by her in collaboration with J. Hartley Manners. She returned to the United States for tours in 1906 and again in 1912, appearing in vaudeville.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her first tour of the United States (accompanied by Gebhard) was an enormous success, which she repeated in subsequent years. While the critics generally condemned her interpretations of roles such as Pauline in The Lady of Lyons or Rosalind in As You Like It, the public loved her.
  • 1882
    Age 28
    For nearly a decade, from 1882 to 1891, Langtry had a relationship with the American Frederick Gebhard, described as a young clubman, sportsman, horse owner, and admirer of feminine beauty, both on and off the stage.
    More Details Hide Details Gebhard's wealth was inherited; his maternal grandfather Thomas E. Davis was one of the wealthiest New York real estate owners of the period. His paternal grandfather, Dutchman Frederick Gebhard, came to New York in 1800 and developed a mercantile business that expanded into banking and railroad stocks. Gebhard's father died when he was 5 years old and his mother died when he was about 10. He and his sister, Isabelle, were raised by a guardian, paternal uncle William H Gebhard. When Gebhard began his relationship with Langtry, he was 22 and she was 29.
    She arrived by ship in October 1882 to be met by the press and Oscar Wilde, who was in New York on a lecture tour.
    More Details Hide Details Her first appearance was eagerly anticipated, but the theatre burnt down the night before the opening; the show moved to another venue and opened the following week.
    Early in 1882, Langtry quit the production team at the Haymarket and started her own company, touring the UK with various plays.
    More Details Hide Details She was still under the tutelage of Henrietta Labouchere. American impresario Henry Abbey arranged a tour in the United States for Langtry.
  • 1881
    Age 27
    Following favorable reviews of this first attempt at the stage, and with further coaching, Langtry made her debut before the London public, playing Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer at the Haymarket Theatre in December 1881.
    More Details Hide Details Critical opinion was mixed, but she was a success with the public. She next performed in Ours at the same theatre. Although her affair with the Prince of Wales was over, he supported her new venture by attending several of her performances and helping attract an audience.
    She first tried out for an amateur production in the Twickenham Town Hall on 19 November 1881.
    More Details Hide Details It was a comedy two-hander called A Fair Encounter, with Henrietta Labouchere taking the other role and coaching Langtry in her acting. Labouchere had been a professional actress (Henrietta Hodson) before she met and married Liberal MP Henry Labouchere.
    On March 8, 1881, she gave birth to a daughter, whom she named Jeanne Marie.
    More Details Hide Details The discovery in 1978 of Langtry's passionate letters to Arthur Jones and their publication by Laura Beatty in 1999 support the idea that Jones was the father of her daughter. Prince Louis' son, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, had always maintained that his father was the father of Jeanne Marie.
    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.
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  • 1880
    Age 26
    In June 1880, she became pregnant.
    More Details Hide Details Her husband was not the father; she led Prince Louis to believe that he was. When the prince told his parents, they had him assigned to the warship HMS Inconstant. The Prince of Wales gave her a sum of money, and Langtry went into her confinement in Paris, accompanied by Arthur Jones.
  • 1879
    Age 25
    In the autumn of 1879, rumours were published in Town Talk that her husband would divorce her and cite, among others, the Prince of Wales as co-respondent.
    More Details Hide Details Adolphus Rosenberg was the journalist. He wrote separately about Mrs Cornwallis-West, which resulted in her husband suing him for libel. At this point, the Prince of Wales instructed his solicitor George Lewis to sue. Rosenburg pleaded guilty to both of the charges brought against him and was sentenced to 2 years in prison. For some time, the Prince saw little of Langtry. He remained fond of her and spoke well of her in her later career as a theatre actress; he used his power to help and encourage her. With the withdrawal of royal favour, creditors closed in. The Langtrys' finances were not equal to their lifestyle. In October 1880, Langtry sold many of her possessions to meet her debts, allowing Edward Langtry to avoid a declaration of bankruptcy.
    In July 1879, Langtry began an affair with the Earl of Shrewsbury; in January 1880, Langtry and the earl were planning to run away together.
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    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.
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  • 1877
    Age 23
    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.
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  • 1874
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was the sister of Elizabeth Frances Price, who had married Lillie's brother William. They held their wedding reception at The Royal Yacht Hotel in St. Helier, Jersey. Langtry was wealthy enough to own a yacht, and Lillie insisted that he take her away from the Channel Islands. Eventually, they rented an apartment in Eaton Place, Belgravia, London before moving to 17 Norfolk Street off Park Lane. In an interview published in several newspapers (including the Brisbane Herald) in 1882, Lillie Langtry said: “It was through Lord Raneleigh sic and the painter Frank Miles that I was first introduced to London society... I went to London and was brought out by my friends. Among the most enthusiastic of these was Mr Frank Miles, the artist. I learned afterwards that he saw me one evening at the theatre, and tried in vain to discover who I was. He went to his clubs and among his artist friends declaring he had seen a beauty, and he described me to everybody he knew, until one day one of his friends met me and he was duly introduced. Then Mr Miles came and begged me to sit for my portrait. I consented, and when the portrait was finished he sold it to Prince Leopold. From that time I was invited everywhere and made a great deal of by many members of the royal family and nobility.
  • 1853
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They eloped to Gretna Green and, in 1842, married at Chelsea. Emilie Charlotte was born in the rectory of St Saviour's Parish Church in Jersey where her father was Rector and Dean of Jersey. Emilie, the daughter, was the sixth of seven children; all of her siblings were brothers; Francis Corbet Le Breton (1843 - 1872), William Inglis Le Breton (1846 - 1931), Trevor Alexander Le Breton (1847 - 1870), Maurice Vavasour Le Breton (1849 - 1881), Clement Martin Le Breton (10 January 1851 - 1 July 1927), and Reginald Le Breton (1855 - 1876). When she died, William was her last surviving brother. One of their ancestors was Richard le Breton, one of the reputed assassins in 1170 of Thomas Becket. Her French governess was unable to manage her, so Lillie was educated by her brothers' tutor. This enabled her to gain a better education than did most women of her day. Their father was the Dean of Jersey, but he earned an unsavoury reputation because of several extramarital affairs. When his wife Emilie finally left him in 1880, he left Jersey.
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