Aline Countess of Romanones Message Board
Mark M posts on 2/24/2011 12:20:57 PM
When I read "The Spy Wore Red", I was struck at how much verbage in Aline Romanones book that talks about her OSS training was lifted verbatim from Time Life Books' "The Secret War" from its World War II series, which was published in 1981. Then is all made sense when I read:
“However, none of these authors could match Aline, the Countess of Romanones, who, between 1987 and 1994 published four books, The Spy Wore Red, The Spy Went Dancing, The Spy Wore Silk, and The Well-Mannered Spy, recording her involvement with espionage, beginning with Operation BULLFIGHT in Spain at the end of 1943. Although Alines (sic) had served as a cipher clerk in Madrid for the Office of Strategic Services, her supposedly factual accounts were completely fictional. (West, Nigel. Historical Dictionary of Sexpionage. Scarecrow Press. 2009.
Anita posts on 1/26/2011 12:01:08 PM
Sharon, that is a great idea, and I look forward to seeing the interview of the Countess on youtube.
Am trying to find the queso from Pascualete,but so far it is unavaiable
Sharon Stephens posts on 1/25/2011 9:47:21 PM
The website is wonderful - and with Google web page translating tools, most of it can be read in English for those of us with limited Spanish ability. I believe I have a VHS of a 15 minute interview the Countess did several years ago from Pascualte. Once I find it I will post it to youtube, and will post the link here.
Kevin Cooke posts on 1/25/2011 9:30:03 PM
Gil, Is it possible to pass a message on to Aunt Aline? News from the Dexter side of the family. kcooke2 (at) earthlink.net
Anita posts on 1/24/2011 2:45:37 PM
Gil, this is wonderful news and I will go the the Website. Thank you so much for sharing this information.
Gil Griffith posts on 1/23/2011 10:46:18 AM
My aunt and her sons have started selling cheeses from their finca in Pascualte. There are some nice photos on the web site:
"I first came to Spain when I worked for the CIA during the Second World War. Here I met someone who a few years later became my husband, Luis de Figueroa y Perez de Guzman el Bueno, Conde de Romanones, who owned several farms in different parts of Spain.
One in particular, Pascualete, I instantly fell in love for its rich tradition, historical value and unique ecosystem and since then I have dedicated my life to preserving the natural and cultural heritage, knowing that it has been transmitted for centuries from generation to generation.
I am very proud that a product that for years I shared with my family, friends and guests can now be enjoyed in every home in the world..."
Google FInca Pascualete if you're interested in seeing more about the property at the heart of The Earth Rests Lightly and The History of Pascualete.
Anita posts on 1/2/2011 11:29:28 PM
I must share with you all that I recently bought a copy of "The Spy Went Dancing," from Amazon, and come to find out the first 3 chapters are missing! Fortunately I had read the book before, but I was disappointed. It was a book Amazon purchased from a Library. Interesting, don't you think?
Have read The Countesses books, over and over and have never tired of them. She really does "have it" as a writer and Novelist.From modeling, to the OSS,to Spain as a Spy,Socialite, and Author, and Paleontologist. Not many people have a record like she does! What a woman!
Roseanne H. posts on 1/2/2011 12:58:09 PM
I remember reading that issue of Architectual Digest! It was wonderful! The Countess was very popular around that time, as The Spy Wore Red had recently been published. I remember reading the society pages (Dear Suzy) of the NY Post, including one article where she had invited Nancy Reagan to lunch, but there was a small fire in her apartment building. It was Suzy (Aileen Mehle) who had forwarded my letter to the Countess, and I have been writing her, on and off, since!
Triall1c posts on 1/2/2011 12:13:23 PM
Angela, I just wanted to be clear about the pictures. They are pretty much the same but just perhaps two or three variances. Still, as a fan, I certainly understand the desire to have as much information about the Countess as possible. I recently purchased an Architectural Digest from April 1989 that has a whole spread on the Countess with pictures of the NYC apartment and Pasqualete. You should track a copy down. I think I paid 20.00 for it plus postage. Love your posts Angela.
Angela posts on 1/1/2011 11:57:50 PM
Thanks, Gil and Anonymous. Very interesting info. Now I want a copy of the other versions for the different pictures. I love the ones included in The Story of Pascualete.
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