Mérode, Cléo de
Mérode, Cléo de
|DANCER, MISTRESS (FRANCE)|
BORN 27 Sep 1875, Paris - DIED 17 Oct 1966, Paris|
REAL NAME Mérode, Cléopatra Diane de
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 90, avenue transversale no 3, ligne 3)
Cléo de Mérode may have been the daughter of the Austrian painter of Belgian descent Karl von Merode (1853-1909) and an actress from Vienna, but it seems more likely that she was a daughter of Crescentia von Mérode (b.1850 or 1856, d.1899) from an affair with a man from Spain. Crescentia was a daughter of Ferdinand Vincenz von Merode (1803-1868) and her name is on Cléo's grave at Père Lachaise in Paris. Cléo was born in Paris, Bordeaux or Biarritz.
She studied dance at the Opera in Paris from her seventh year and she debuted aged eleven. She had a glamorous career and her picture was on many postcards. The sculpture "The Dancer" (Musée d'Orsay, Paris) by A. Falguière was modelled on her.
In 1896 king Leopold II of Belgium saw her as Phrynee in the ballet company of the opera of Bordeaux and it was reported that she became his mistress. He was 66 at the time. There was no evidence of an affair except a bouquet of red roses, but their so called affair was widely publicized. The scandal didn't stop her from becoming an international star. She toured Europe and the United States and she danced at the Folies Bergères, a thing that most serious dancers didn't dare.
In Vienna she attracted the attention of Gustav Klimt. In 1926 she appeared in the German movie "Frauen der Leidenschaft". She danced until she was fifty and then she retired to Biarritz. In 1955 she published an autobiography, "La Ballet de ma vie".
Father: Merode, Karl, Freiherr von
was painted by Boldini, Giovanni
was painted by Kaulbach, Friedrich August von
knew Klimt, Gustav
was photographed by Nadar
Elgklou, Lars, Koninklijke minnaars en minnaressen, Echtscheidingen, bastaardkinderen, bigamie, verhoudingen, Standaard, Antwerpen, 1985
ClÃ©o de MÃ©rode - Wikipedia
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