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Chaplin's Girl: The Life and Loves of Virginia Cherrill Paperback – April 29, 2010
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Virginia was once one of the most famous Hollywood stars during the 1930s, but this is only one aspect of her exciting life that led from being married to Cary Grant, dating many famous men to eventually marrying the Earl of Jersey in England becoming a Duchess and consequently giving this privileged lifestyle all up for the one love of her life; Florian Martini, a Polish pilot, who flew for the Free-Pols out of England during the WW II. Virginia gave up everything marrying Florian and returned to California to live happily in obscurity in Santa Barbara, California for over 45 years.
During the 1970s and for a short duration, I had the good fortune meeting and renting her guest cottage for two years in Santa Barbara, and I was able to share many wonderful moments with her and Florian. I was fresh out of college and Virginia was like a mother to me constantly in her own manner giving me advice on life and my girlfriends. Often Virginia would get me to be a bartender for several of her famous friends' parties, including the famous Dame Judith Anderson. I stayed in communication with Virginia continually, except for the last few bedridden years, mostly by the telephone, her favorite mode of communication.Read more ›