Vicountess Rothermere

Vicountess Rothermere

English socialite born Mary Lilian, Vicountess Rothermere

Vicountess Rothermere (1868 - 1937) born Maria Lilian Share, the future Lady Rothermere married into what would become one of the largest private fortune in England. When she wed Harold Sidney Harmsworth, Lord Northcliffe was the publisher of the Daily Mail. Following American model of a small, cheap newspaper that provided brief and often lurid and scandalous stories.
 
In the summer 1921 she was already estranged from Lord Rothermere, nevertheless she was extremely prominent in London’s social and artistic circles.
 
Ouspensky was able to secure immigrant visas to the UK with the support of Lady Rothermere, and moved to London with his family. She provided an intellectual welcome for Ouspensky, the other the means for his journey. Orage and Lady Rothermere whipped up an audience for him, and we used to meet either in her studio, an appendage to her splendid house, or in a theosophical lecture room in Kensington, or in a doctor's house in Harley Street. In the audience one saw doctors, psychologists, psychoanalysts, editors, writers, civil servants, theosophists of both sexes, clergymen, and a sprinkling of the men and women who are always attracted by the lure of the mysterious.
 
With funds provided by Lady Rothermere, Gurdjieff had acquired the historic Château du Prieuré, once the residence of Madame de Maintenon, the consort of Louis Quatorze, and in latter years the property of Labori, the attorney for the exonerated French officer, Dreyfus.
 
Lady Rotheremere had lost two of her sons in WWI died on March 16.1937 as Europe hovered on the brink of a second world war.

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