Valeria Pietrantonio

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Lillian Russell, American Gilded Age singer and actress

Lillian Russell was one of the most famous actresses and singers of the late 19th and early 20th century. She was known for her beauty, style, voice and stage presence.

For many years, she had been the leading singer in operettas and musical theatre in the United States.

Russell was married four times. In her later years she wrote a newspaper column, supported women's suffrage, was a popular lecturer and helped to pass the restrictive Immigration Act of 1924.

Cliveden House, luxury hotel and country mansion near London

Cliveden House is a five-star luxury hotel; the building is owned by the National Trust and managed by Iconic Luxury Hotels.

The long history of this country residence in Berkshire near London dates back to 1666 but the current structure was built in 1851 by architect Charles Barry for the 2nd Duke of Sutherland.

Cliveden has strong ties to the British monarchy and was the scene of the famous Profumo Affair.

Maria Luisa, from Grand Duchess of Tuscany to Holy Roman Empress

Infanta Maria Luisa of Spain was Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, Queen of Germany, Queen of Hungary and Bohemia and Grand Duchess of Tuscany as consort of Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor.

Her parents were Charles, King of Naples and Sicily, and Maria Amalia of Saxony.

Maria Luisa was a blue-eyed beauty with a lively charm, simple and unpretentious, with a disposition to be generous and kind.

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