Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 20, 1975 · Page 115
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 115

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 20, 1975
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Ingeborg Dedichen, 75, was Aristotle Onassis' lover from 7934 to 7946. She lives rent-free in an Onassis apartment in the Paris suburb of Neui/Jy but is Norwegian by birth. For years Onassis and his associates have tried to soft-pedal the youthful liaison. Last January Michael Do/og/ou a cousin of Onassis, visited her and asked if she would consider moving back to Norway. Onassis a/ways took care of the women in his life. Madame Dedichen receives an a//owance of S800 a month, and at one time Onassis offered her J3 mi//ion if she would marry him. I Cover of mgeborg's book of memoirs 4 about her 72 years as Onassis' lover. by Lloyd Shearer PARIS. I n a two-room apartment on the fifth floor of #37 Rue Laffitte lives a worldly, cultured, musical lady of 75. . Her name is Ingeborg Dedichen. She is Norwegian by birth and cosmopolitan by life. For 12 years, from 1934 to 1946, she was .the great love of the late Aristotle Socrates Onassis. She taught him how to dress, how to eat, how to comport himself in the upper echelons of society. She introduced him to the Scandinavian shipping world--her father was one of Norway's leading ship-owners--and she nurtured young Onassis through the years of their liaison from a crude, ambitious tobacco salesman to a diplomatic, polished shipping magnate. To Ingeborg Dedichen, Onassis owed much, and until he died he made it a point to telephone her several times a week even though he was married or fancied himself in love with other women. Ingeborg was his foremost confidante, his most trusted female friend. Their love affair was a wild, tempestuous human bondage, a chemistry of attraction between opposites-- she, the tall Nordic; he, the small Mediterranean. Of this and much more, Ingeborg Dedichen has written in Onassis, Mon Amour, a book recently published in Paris but not yet in this country. New revelations It is the most revealing book penned to date on Onassis. It shows him a passionate, sly, jealous, insecure, charming, selfish, clever, complex, frequently violent man. Madame Dedichen reveals, for example, how Onassis used to beat her. They were living together in the 1940's in a house on Long Island he had named "Mamita's Cottage." His~ love- name for Ingeborg was "Mamita." She called him "Mamico." One evening they took off in their motorboat to dine with friend Stavros Niarchos at Lloyds Neck. Ingeborg was garbed in brightly colored green-striped pants. Onassis disliked her outfit but said nothing until they returned home. There he worked himself into a fury. Beat her He struck Ingeborg with his fists and feet 'The more he beat me, the more excited he got. Between the blows which rained down oh me, he yelled, 'Why do you dress in this abominable fashion? Where did you find these abominable pants? Did you think we were going to a circus? You really want to make me look ridiculous/" And he battered her from one side of the room to the other until he was exhausted. The following day instead of apologizing, Onassis explained, "All Greek husbands, I tell you, all Greek men without exception, beat their wives. It's good for them." And then he laughed. Why did Ingeborg Dedichen, tall, . statuesque, blue-eyed and beautiful, talented, well-bred, educated in Switzerland's best finishing schools, accepted easily and readily in all the world's top society circles--why did she remain with this character? "Because I loved him," she told me. "He was fascinating, electric, a creature

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