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LGBT People of History 73 - Elisabeth de Gramont

Updated on April 16, 2012
Elisabeth de Gramont
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Elisabeth de Gramont

Antoinette Corisande Élisabeth, Duchess of Clermont-Tonnerre (born, de Gramont) (1875 – 1954) was born in Nancy, France. She was of aristocratic stock having many titled persons as her antecedents. Her mother died giving birth to her. Her pet name was ‘Lily’. She was by all accounts a very pretty woman.

She married Philibert, duc de Clermont-Tonnerre and had two daughters. It is possible her husband was a violent man.

She met Natalie Barney in 1909 and they became lovers in 1910. Their relationship was one of lifelong love though they were not faithful to each other sexually. Barney had other lovers and Lily was maybe reluctantly accepting of this fact. However, the two of them made a ‘marriage contract’ which bound them to each other until death, but not monogamously.

In 1920 she was divorced from her husband and then became an outspoken and opinionated socialist participating in ‘Popular Front’ parades.

For many years she was a close friend of Marcel Proust

She died in Paris.

Ian and Callum.

With thanks to Wikipedia


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    • alian346 profile image

      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      She was a very interesting character, was she not?


    • calpol25 profile image

      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Absolutely fantastic Ian.

      Love this hub x