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The Jersey Lily

Life and Times of Lillie Langtry



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Born Emilie Le Breton in Jersey in 1853, married to Edward Langtry at the age of 20, Lillie Langtry was destined to be universally known as Lillie, or "The Jersey Lily". She was introduced to the Prince of Wales, presented to Queen Victoria and met Prince Louis of Battenberg by whom, in 1881, she had a daughter. Her fortunes at a low point and on the advice of her friend Oscar Wilde, Lillie embarked on an acting career and achieved considerable success. First she took London by storm, then the provinces, followed by successful tours of America and South Africa. At the same time she developed an interest in horse racing, owning her own stables. This fiercely-independent woman became a millionairess, relying upon her own talents, her business acumen and her legendary beauty. She never forgot her island home: on one occasion she returned to Jersey, amid a rapturous reception, to open the newly-built Opera House. She spent the last ten years of her life in Morocco, tending her beloved garden, where she died. On her wishes her body was taken back to Jersey to be buried. Even by the standards of today's superstars, the life of Lillie Langtry was extraordinary. This account of Lillie's life and times offers an insight into the life of a Jersey lady with enormous charisma and of the colourful times in which she lived.

Product code: 9780948578557

ISBN 9780948578557
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H220xW141xS11
No. Of Pages 128
Publisher Ex Libris Press
This account of the life and times of Lillie Langtry traces her life from its origins as Emilie Le Breton, born in Jersey in 1853, to her death in Monaco 76 years later. It describes her marriage to Edward Langtry, her affair with Prince Louis of Battenberg and her successful acting career.