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Old 30-05-2012, 10:09 PM   #130
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Countess Marie Louise Larisch von Moennich (AKA Countess Marie Louise Larisch-Wallersee and Countess Marie Larisch) (24 February 1858 - 4 July 1940) was the niece and confidante of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. She was a go-between for her married cousin Crown Prince Rudolf and his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera, a friend of hers.

A scandal known as the Mayerling Incident broke in 1889 upon the discovery of the bodies of the two lovers at Rudolf's hunting lodge at Mayerling, Austria. With the revelation of her role in this the Countess was shunned in particular by the Empress and the rest of the Imperial Family. As a consequence she was also snubbed by society. Later in life she was nominally the author of a series of ghostwritten books about the Imperial household...In World War I she worked at the front as a nurse. In 1921 she portrayed herself in a silent film about her aunt, the Empress Elisabeth (nobody cared that she was 62, while Carla Nelsen, portraying the empress, was 23!) In 1924 in New York an article was published, that she will marry anybody who will pay her and her son the transfer to America...Marie died very poor in 1940 in a nursing home at Augsburg and was buried in Munich...Marie met and conversed with the poet T. S. Eliot, and part of their conversation found its way into his epochal poem The Waste Land

A real pheasant as a hat! Royalty and Scottish traditions have been a reccurring subject of parody and inspiration for Westwood, beginning in her Punk clothes. The mix of different tartans were made to order by Locharron of Scotland...Dame Vivienne Westwood, DBE, RDI (born 8 April 1941) is a British fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream...Vivienne was born Vivienne Isabel Swire in the village of Tintwistle, Derbyshire on 8 April 1941, the daughter of Gordon Swire and Dora Swire (née Ball), who had married two years previously, two weeks after the outbreak of World War II. At the time of Vivienne's birth, her father was employed as a storekeeper in an aircraft factory; he had previously worked as a greengrocer...When she met Malcolm McLaren, it signified the end of Westwood's marriage to Derek. Westwood and McLaren moved to a council flat in Clapham. Westwood continued to teach until 1971 when Malcolm decided to open a boutique at 430 King's Road called "Let It Rock" (later known variously as "Sex", "Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die", and "Seditionaries") and now Worlds Ends, where Westwood sells her Vivienne Westwood label clothing...Princess Eugenie wore three different Westwood designs for the pre-wedding dinner, the wedding ceremony and the after-wedding party at the 2011 royal wedding.Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, wore Westwood to Royal Ascot in 2009...n 1992, Westwood was awarded an OBE, which she collected from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. At the ceremony, Westwood was knicker-less....

However she is a keen gardener...
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