By Susan Ronald
A revealing biography of Florence Gould, fabulously prosperous socialite and purchaser of the humanities, who concealed a dismal prior as a Nazi collaborator in 1940’s Paris.
Born in turn-of-the-century San Francisco to French mom and dad, Florence moved to Paris, elderly 11. Believing that simply funds introduced respectability and happiness, she grew to become the 3rd spouse of Frank Jay Gould, son of the railway millionaire Jay Gould. She guided Frank’s hundreds of thousands into resorts and casinos, making a luxurious lodge and on line casino empire. She entertained Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Joseph Kennedy, and plenty of Hollywood stars, like Charlie Chaplin, who grew to become her lover. whereas the occasion ended for many americans after the Crash of 1929, Frank and Florence refused to move domestic. through the profession, Florence took numerous German enthusiasts and hosted a debatable salon. because the Allies closed in, the unscrupulous Florence grew to become embroiled in a infamous funds laundering operation for fleeing high-ranking Nazis.
but after the battle, not just did she keep away from prosecution, yet her substantial fortune obtained her respectability as an important contributor to the Metropolitan Museum, manhattan collage, and Cornell clinical university, between many others. It additionally earned her neighbors like Estée Lauder who obligingly seemed the wrong way. A seductive and completely amoral girl who enjoyed to assert “money doesn’t care who owns it”, Florence’s existence proved a powerful argument that maybe cash can purchase happiness after all.
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A Dangerous Woman: American Beauty, Noted Philanthropist, Nazi Collaborator -- The Life of Florence Gould by Susan Ronald