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Famed courtesan and exotic dancer Lola Montez dies of pneumonia in New York City

Lola Montez, painting, detail
01/17/1861
Born Eliza Rosanna Gilbert in Ireland the daughter of a British army officer, she later became a professional dancer under the stage name, "Lola Montez, the Spanish Dancer" in 1843.  She carried on a series of high profile affairs, most notoriously with Ludvig I of Bavaria, who made her a countess.  She married several times, moved to the United States, performed in the Australian gold fields, and finally settled in New York City, where she died at age forty of pneumonia while recovering from a stroke.  She is buried in Brooklyn.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Ethel Colburn Mayne, Enchanters of Men (London: Metheun & Co., 1909), 65-74.
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1861 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1862), 470.

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