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    Walska, Ganna

    Ganna Walska was the creator of the botanical garden Lotusland. She was also married six times. Her husbands included:

    • Russian baron Arcadie d’Eingorn, a Russian officer, divorced him for drunkenness 1915
    • Dr Joseph Fraenkel, a famed New York endocrinologist, died 1920,
    • multimillionaire sportsman and carpet tycoon Alexander Smith Cochran, married 1920, divorced 1922
    • industrialist Harold Fowler McCormick, married in 1922, divorced 1931
    • English inventor of a death ray, Harry Grindell Matthews, died 1941
    • Theos Bernard, her sixth and last husband, a scholar of yoga and Tibetan Buddhism (and book-author), married 1942, divorced 1946

    Walska pursued a career as an opera singer. Her memoirs were called Always Room at the Top. Orson Welles claimed that McCormick’s lavish promotion of Walska’s opera career—despite her apparent renown as a terrible singer—was a direct influence on the screenplay for Citizen Kane, wherein the titular character does much the same for his second wife, Susan Alexander.

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