Liane de Pougy was a Folies Bergères dancer renowned as one of Paris's most beautiful and notorious courtesans. Her lesbian affair with writer Natalie Clifford Barney is recorded in her novel Idylle Saphique (1901). In 1899, after seeing de Pougy at a dance hall in Paris, Barney presented herself at de Pougy's residence in a page costume and announced that she was a "page of love" sent by Sappho. Although de Pougy was one of the most famous women in France at the time, constantly sought after by wealthy and titled men, Barney's audacity charmed and seduced her. The two were said to have had deep feelings for each other for the remainder of their lives. One of Barney’s most compelling works, Amants féminins ou la troisième (1926) is based on a tumultuous three-way love affair between Barney, Italian baroness Mimi Franchetti (one of Renata Borgatti’s lovers), and de Pougy. Liane married two time, at 16 with a naval officer, Armand Pourpe (one son, Marc Pourpe), and in 1910 with Prince Georges Ghika. Her son's death as an aviator in WWI turned her towards religion and she became a tertiary of the Order of Saint Dominic as Sister Anne-Mary.
Timeline & Places:
• July 2, 1869: born.
• December 26, 1950: died. Buried at Collège Champittet, Chemin de Champittet 1, 1009 Pully, Svizzera