Partner Eleonora Sears

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Eleonora Sears was an American tennis player of the interwar period. She was also a champion squash player, and prominent in other sports. In 1917, she met actress Eva Le Gallienne while in New York to attend the theater. Then in 1922, while in Paris, she met Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, and David Windsor, Prince of Wales and future King of England. Among her friends and lovers were Isabel Pell, Mercedes de Acosta, Isadora Duncan, Alla Nazimova, Tallulah Bankhead, Greta Garbo, and Marlene Dietrich. Eleanor Roosevelt was one of Eleo’s close friends. As Eleo aged, a Frenchwoman, Marie Gendron (July 22, 1903 - January 26, 2004), often called “Madame”, took her up. She seduced the older woman and then started isolating her from old friends and relatives. Soon Madame and Eleo were living the high life in Palm Beach, with only each other’s company. By 1965, she had Eleo’s power of attorney, and was running the household and stables. Eleo died in 1968 at the age of 86. Her will had donated to six hospitals, all of which she had helped in the past; the rest of her estate was to go to Madame, who tried to cut the hospitals out of the gifts. Madame lost in court and was left with “only” $40 million.

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