Bridget Poulett

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Lady Bridget Poulett, by Bassano Ltd, 1933

Lady Bridget Elizabeth Felicia Henrietta Augusta Poulett (29 January 1912-1975), was an English socialite, sometime model of Cecil Beaton.

Biography[edit]

Lady Bridget Elizabeth Felicia Henrietta Augusta Poulett was born on 29 January 1912 the daughter of William Poulett, 7th Earl Poulett, and Sylvia Lilian Storey, an actress and Gaiety girl.[1]

Lady Bridget Poulett was considered one of the great Society Beauties of the 1930s, she was famous for her almond green eyes and jet black hair. She was photographed by all the leading photographers of the day.[1] A famous 1920 photo by Cecil Beaton decipts Baba Beaton, Wanda Baillie-Hamilton and Lady Bridget Poulett.[2]

In June 1932 Lady Bridget Poulett, together with Baba Beaton, Lady Patricia Moore, Jeanne Stourton, Molly Vaughan, Katherine Horlick, Margaret Livingstone-Learmonth and Priscilla Weigall, considered among the most beautiful debutantes of 1932, were supposed to be the bridesmaids to the wedding of Miss Margaret Whigham to Charles Greville, 7th Earl of Warwick, but the engagement was broken in April.[3] In the end she was the bridesmaid when Whigham married Charles Sweeney, an American golfer; with her other bridesmaids were: Baba Beaton, Sheila Berry, Jeanne Stourton, Margaret Livingstone-Learmonth, Angela Brett, Dawn Gold, Molly Vaughan and Pamela Nicholl.[4]

In January 1933 she was the bridesmaid of Nancy Beaton who was marrying Sir Hugh Houston Smiley, 3rd Baronet (1905–1990); the dresses were designed by Cecil Beaton and among the other bridesmaids there were Baba Beaton, Margaret Whigham, and Lady Anne Wellesley.[5][6]

On 20 March 1933 she was a model for the 24th Birthday Celebrations and opening of the new building of Selfridge's; it was advertized as a Fashion Premiere presented by Society Beauties, and the other models were: Baba Beaton, Betty Colclough, Dorothy Hyson, Averil Streatfield, Audrey Simpson, Peta Dundas, Hilary Charles, Mona Simpson and Pat Charles; directing the parades was Jeanne Stourton.[7]

In April 1934 she did a charitable fashion parade in aid of the Manchester Babies' Hospital organized by Finnigans in conjunction with Norman Hartnell.[8][9]

In March 1935 she was the bridesmaid of Lady Norah Jellicoe marrying Edward William Rhys Wingfield; the other bridesmaids were: Lady Gwendoline Jellicoe, Lady Prudence Jellicoe, Avice Cayzer, Pamela Blackett and Bridget Smiley.[10] In November 1935 her name was linked to that of George II of Greece together with Primrose Salt, Lady Mary Lygon, Lady Sibell Lygon[11]

In 1938 at the "Beau Geste" party, Lady Bridget Poulett wore a million dollars *($17,799,054 in 2018 dollars) in pearls, while her friend Margaret Whigham was showing off a fortune in diamonds and rubies.[12]

In 1948 she married Luis Robledo, a Colombian diplomat, owner of Bogota Santa Fe.[13]

In 1950 Lady Bridget Poulett modelled for Pond's.[14]

Since both the 8th Earl and his sister Lady Bridget Poulett were childless, in 1968 the 8th and last Earl Poulett sold the Hinton estate, after which he and his wife settled in Jersey, Channel Islands.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Photo exhibit leads to touching romantic journey - 23 Jan 2013, Wed • [First Edition] • Page 19". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 19. 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Engagement of Debutante to Earl is Broken - 23 Apr 1932, Sat • Page 38". The Winnipeg Tribune: 38. 1932. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  3. ^ "26 Mar 1933, Sun • Page 21". Hartford Courant: 21. 1933. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Wedding Style from England - 28 Jan 1933, Sat • Page 17". Chicago Tribune: 17. 1933. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Miss Nancy Beaton Is Wedded to Sir Hugh Smiley at St. Margaret's, Westminster, January 18 - 04 Mar 1933, Sat • Main Edition • Page 25". Honolulu Star-Bulletin: 25. 1933. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Selfridge's 24th Birthday Celebrations - 19 Mar 1933, Sun • Page 22". The Observer: 22. 1933. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Fashion Parades by Finnigans - 18 Apr 1934, Wed • Page 8". The Guardian: 8. 1934. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Clothes of Spring - 21 Apr 1934, Sat • Page 15". The Guardian: 15. 1934. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Yesterday's Weddings - 31 Mar 1935, Sun • Page 28". The Observer: 28. 1935. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Gay Gigolo George He's got to be King! - 14 Nov 1935, Thu • Page 37". St. Louis Post-Dispatch: 37. 1935. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Wearing Millions - 23 Dec 1938, Fri • Page 5". The Winnipeg Tribune: 5. 1938. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  12. ^ "15 Jan 1948, Thu • Page 17". The Cumberland News: 17. 1948. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  13. ^ "A Different Powder Base-Greaseless! - 11 Feb 1950, Sat • Page 8". The Honolulu Advertiser: 8. 1950. Retrieved 24 January 2018.