Author: Dialta Lensi OrlandiPublish On: 2013-07-23
You will find it in My Mother, My Father and His Wife Hortense: The True Story of the Villa La Pietra (Amazon), a vivid book by Dialta, published under her family name, Dialta Lensi Orlandi, who is now Princess Dialta di Montereale.
Author: Dialta Lensi Orlandi
In this fierce and poignant book, the author, drawing on sources that include her grandmother's richly erotic diaries, unveils intimate details of the Acton dynasty in Florence, the illicit love affair of Arthur and Elsie, and the controversial legal aftermath that continues to this day. A true family saga played out against the backdrop of Florence's celebrated Villa La Pietra. The struggle over the billion dollar estate of one of the 20th century's most notable aesthetes, Harold Acton, pitted New York University, against first Liana Beacci, Acton's illegitimate half-sister, and since her death in 2000 her daughter, Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale, who lives in Honolulu. It began its progress through the Italian legal system soon after Acton's death in 1994 with more downs than ups for the family. But a recent reworking of Italian inheritance laws, to make them internally coherent and to bring them into accord with European protocols ,promises a dramatic conclusion – and sooner rather than later. It was always a story in which reality was more colourful than fiction. You will find it in My Mother, My Father and His Wife Hortense: The True Story of the Villa La Pietra (Amazon), a vivid book by Dialta, published under her family name, Dialta Lensi Orlandi, who is now Princess Dialta di Montereale. In fifty chapters, against the historical and social backdrop of art, glamour, war, and international intrigue, the lives of the Beaccis and the Actons are woven together through the eyes of a third-generation family member, Dialta Lensi Orlandi, granddaughter of Arthur Acton and daughter of Liana Beacci.The tale encompasses the fate of Acton's estate, an appalling betrayal, and the continuing fight to restore justice and dignity to Acton's legacy and the Beacci family name. Arthur Acton, Dialta's grandfather, was an art dealer, married to Hortense Mitchell, a Chicago heiress, but who came to dislike both art and her husband's home in Florence. Dialta's mother was born to Arthur Acton's lifelong mistress, Ersilia. Her half-brother, Harold Acton, the model for Anthony Blanche in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, and who had been host at La Pietra to Princess Diana and Pablo Picasso, was acquainted with his relations and tried to thwart their inheritance.In 2003 the court of Florence allowed the bodies of Liana and Arthur to be dug up for DNA tests. These established with “the highest degree of probability” that Liana was Arthur Acton's daughter and a surprise ending.
Author: United States. Congress. House. Select Committee on Aging. Subcommittee on Retirement Income and EmploymentPublish On: 1981
He questioned her about her family and background and determined that Hortense would make a suitable mate for him . Within two months ... Her father
thought George was a highly intelligent man capable of making his way in the
world and able to provide a good income for his " ugly duckling . ” Her mother
thought George was an opportunist and felt that he was too old for her daughter .
She voiced her ...
Author: United States. Congress. House. Select Committee on Aging. Subcommittee on Retirement Income and Employment
Louis would sit for hours by his wife's side trying to dispel the cloud on her brow,
while Hortense was beginning to regard it as ... with a smile, “and when he
addresses you by the sweet name of father, you will forgive me for being his mother.
In doubted whether Hortense was his the Bonaparte family , France has the child
or that of a Creole ; who , having fate of being governed by foreign fallen in love
with ... A divorce , legally President , is of West - Indian origin , on sought for by her husband , was rehis mother ' s side . His ... Her father , that Louis and Hortense were not the Viscount de Beauharnais , born | happy in their conjugal
he exclaimed . between her and her own children , and was sinShe made no
reply . ... mother , perhaps Olive would not have both thought it over calmly , one
of us can have felt so much bound to Hortense ... but Hortense interrupted her : wife ; their father , a Frenchman , was a visionary “ And Frank Leighton don't like
You know the old song , relatives , Hortense drooped and pined , until the beauty
which her husband so This old worn ... Katie , your mother was not my first love ,
though we were very happy indeed She put on the deepest mourning , kept her
room for months , and when she together . ... married ! Oh , dear , it is comical ! " Her father looked a moment reproachfully , as she gave utterance to the
The towards his wife , and Hortense may have negotiation was broken off , Duroc
, says our analyzed the special kind of indifference in ... whom her mother had
selected evidence the conversation is simply absurd , as the one of her
husband's family most likely The story ... dearly you love him , you tles , my
fortune , and , above all , what you might forget that it is I who am his father ,
kindly call my glory .
... Malmaison for her rural retreat , Napoleon for her father , Josephine for her mother , Eugene for her brother ; with the richest endowments of person , mind ,
and heart , with glowing health , and surrounded by admirers , Hortense seemed
polles whom her mother had seleeted as the one of her husband's family PATwar
mot her beauty — though ... accurate and outspoken life of Queen Hortense
might have some first addressed you by the sweet ' title of father you would
childish heart of Hortense to become " Because he has occupations -
bealienated from her father , or to forget cause he cannot ... Come , mamma , let
us go on she even imposed silence on her mother board a ship , and let us go to
our dear when in the ... Josephine nearly ten years ago left her And from this time
the child prayed home , her country , her family , to go to God every evening that her father a ...
He married Hortense Eugenie Beauharnais , daughter of Josephine by her first
husband , and had three children , the ... At one time , while her father and mother
lay in the dungeons of Robespierre , she and her brother were actually so ...
Louis would sit for hours by his wife's side trying to dispel the cloud on her brow ,
while Hortense was beginning to regard it as ... with a smile , “ and when he
addresses you by the sweet name of father , you will forgive me for being his mother .
Of the son who was the survivor of the without error ; they who loved her best
were three sons of the unhappy marriage of Louis ... biographical sketch of least
under a certain restraint , must go to his the husband of Hortense is now under
our Family ... affecthe election of Bernard de Got ( Clement the Accordingly , at
starting , Mr. Jerrold does tionately of his mother . ... he preserved the simple father was raised to the dignity of King of being in , or under the shadow of , the
purple , tastes ...
Her father came from Alabama and her mother from Missouri . William was
described as a farmer who ... Theodore married Emma in 1903 , and Ira married Hortense in 1905 ( Hammer and Hammer 1991 : 66 ) . Theodore and Emma had
Louis would sit for hours by his wife ' s side trying to dispel the cloud on her brow
, while Hortense was beginning to regard it ... with a smile , “ and when he
addresses you by the sweet name of father , you will forgive me for being his mother .
When Hortense heard this ruwent to the altar with loathing in their mor , she fell
insensible at her mother's feet ... he was resolved some degree of comfort was
restored her , to act as a father to the family his beloved for at the period of the ...
my child , taking that of yours , finds himself of a very large section of the French
people , very much higher placed than I ... of the whole question , will venture
openly to take a child from his has quoted a letter from Louis to his wife , fatber . ...
According to Madame de hours , and he brings me the news of your deRémusat , Hortense was a most virtuous and liverance . ... took to the popular scandal , his
real father was a us by the head between his hands , and in this Dutch naval
this time , ) gave orders to the men - servants about the return of the carriage ,
repeated her minute directions about the flower - bed ; and ... Hortense , timid
and gentle , did not speak , but she turned deadly pale , and trembling from head
to foot , clung convulsively to her mother . ... And to Hortense she spoke of the
love and care of her Father in heaven , and of His constant watchfulness over
them all .
97 Hortense drove to the house in the Rue Chantereine , where Napoleon had
passed his brief honeymoon with Josephine . ... Hortense had lost her father on
the scaffold , her mother had been thrown into prison and reduced to poverty ;
she had been obliged to work as a ... Louis , who hated Josephine , related to his wife all the weaknesses attributed to her mother , and insisted on the cessation of
Her father lost his head : . her of earnest thought , that is rather modern than
mediæval . ... After her mother ' s * * * By race I am gentle , ' the proud man doth
say : ment of the age imparted a practical character to its musi release the family
were in want of bread , and were ... within how very small child , Hortense
returned to Paris to sustain her mother and his contemporaries should be less
interesting than ...