Diana Mosley

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BornDiana Freeman-Mitford
17 June 1910
Died11 August 2003 (Age 93)

Diana, Lady Mosley (17 June 1910 – 11 August 2003) née Mitford was one of Britain's noted Mitford sisters.[1]

She was first married to Bryan Walter Guinness, heir to the barony of Moyne, and upon her divorce from him married Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists (BUF). Her marriage to Mosley, in 1936, took place at the home of Joseph Goebbels, with Adolf Hitler as guest of honour. Subsequently, her involvement with Fascist political causes resulted in three years' internment during the Second World War.

Sir Oswald and Lady Diana later moved to Paris where she enjoyed some success as a writer. In the 1950s she contributed diaries to Tatler and edited the magazine The European.[2] In 1977 she published her autobiography, A Life of Contrasts,[3] and two more biographies in the 1980s.[4] She was also a regular book reviewer for Books & Bookmen and later at The Evening Standard in the 1990s.[5]

She caused controversy when she appeared on Desert Island Discs in 1989.[6] A family friend, James Lees-Milne, wrote of her beauty, "She was the nearest thing to Botticelli's Venus that I have ever seen".[7][8]

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References

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  7. Lyall, Sarah (14 August 2003). "Lady Diana Mosley, Fascist Who Dazzled, Is Dead at 93". World. The New York Times.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  8. Callan, Paul (12 September 2009). "Hitler's aristocratic admirers". Daily Express.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
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