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 - Famed Is Taken Lady Mendl by Death...
Famed Is Taken Lady Mendl by Death International Set • Mourns Gay Figure VERSAILLES, France, July 12. (UP)—Lady Charles Mendl, American-born hostess who entertained entertained three generations of royalty and international socialities by standing on her head at her parties, died of arthritis at her villa here today. The petite, girl." as she perennial sometimes "party called herself, gave her birthdate as Dec. 20. 1870, in New York City. Her intimates said that she was peril peril aps 10 years older, although she seldom acted her age, turning cart- uheels for kings and often declaring declaring that it was easier for her to .stand on her head than on her foet. SHE DIED sfter a long illness in the Versailles villa where her fabulous parties set a standard for glamour and originality that never has been matched. Born Elsie De Wolfe, Lady forces "-river. might behind that Americans NOT message P. (7:30 Time), field was a at was In Air from with Hoyt Force by for Mendl had an international reputation reputation as an actress, interior decorator and globe-trotter, as well as a hostess. She was decorated decorated for heroism in World War I. She also was known as one of the world's best dressed women, ;;nd usually spent about $15,000 a year on clothes. Often she would ' appear with her white hair dyed green, pink or blue to match her costumes. + + + DESPITE a crippling back ailment from which she had suffered for several years, Lady Mendl continued continued to move in the international set almost until the last, commuting commuting between New York, Beverly Hills and her villa at Versailles. France. During her final months she had been confined to a wheelchair, but she still dressed in the height of fashion. Lady Mendl attributed her long life to her devotion to Yogi and to "thinking young thoughts." She learned Yogi from a Hindu in India, India, and maintained a woman could stay young if she stood on her head even," day. "It's really a great deal easier to stand on your head than on your feet," she said on one of her last interviews. "I'm a very, very old woman and the worst pain I've ever had in my life was having a tooth pulled." "A big part of staying young is mental. You have to like people and children!" Lady Mendl married Sir Charles Mendl when she was 56. learned to swim at 60, and until the last devoted much time to running her Elsie De Wolfe Foundation, which feeds and clothes the French children who are her neighbors at Versailles. ing. said. up the Tuesday ment all war." V lie s ;ays nd U. n he American iine the ir ine supply behind that

Clipped from The Terre Haute Star13 Jul 1950, ThuPage 2

The Terre Haute Star (Terre Haute, Indiana)13 Jul 1950, ThuPage 2
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