Saturday, October 19, 2013

Mata Hari in a rose gown

She began her career as a horseback rider in the circus and worked as an artists’ model before moving to Egyptian dance.  She was most popular in the first decade of the century.  When she was arrested as a spy in 1917, she was in her early 40’s and no longer a great beauty, though she still carried on affairs with wealthy, powerful men — including military men.

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