The Parrot, the Monkey, and the Two Rival Lovers of Madame de Choiseul | Mimi Matthews

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In the late 18th century, Horace Walpole sent a letter to his friend Lady Ossory containing an entertaining anecdote about the two rival lovers of their mutual acquaintance, Françoise-Thérèse de Choiseul-Stainville.  Madame de Choiseul was the daughter of nobleman Jacques Philippe de Choiseul-Stainville.  Described as a “fair, young French lady,” she was being pursued by both Monsieur de Coigny and Prince Joseph of Monaco.  Both were anxious to win her affections – and each was very jealous of the other.

Madame de Choiseul longed for a pet parrot that would be “a miracle of eloquence.”  Such a creature was not difficult to obtain as, at the time, there were an abundance of shops in Paris which sold macaws, parrots, cockatoos, and the like.  One of Madame’s lovers swiftly took himself off to just such a pet shop, where he obtained for his beloved the desired bird.

But Madame de Choiseul “had two passions as well as two lovers.”  In addition to desiring an eloquent parrot, she had also become enamored of…

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A Stand Against Racism: Grace Kelly & Josephine Baker

In 1951, the newly famous [Grace] Kelly took a bold stand against a racist incident involving Black American expatriate singer/dancer Josephine Baker, when Sherman Billingsley‘s Stork Club in New York refused Baker as a customer. Kelly, who was dining at the club when this happened, was so disgusted that she rushed over to Baker (whom she had never met), took her by the arm, and stormed out with her entire party, vowing never to return (and she never did). The two women became close friends after that night. A significant testament to their close friendship was made evident when Baker was near bankruptcy, and was offered a villa and financial assistance by Kelly (who by that time had become The Princess of Monaco) and her husband Rainier III of Monaco. The princess also encouraged Baker to return to performing and financed Baker’s triumphant comeback in 1975, attending the opening night’s performance. When Baker died, the Princess secured her burial in Monaco.

via Happy Birthday Grace Kelly | waldina.