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FrenchBorn Marie Elise Gabrielle CAIRE

French dancer, singer, and actress

Born on November 04, 1881 in Marseille, France , France

Died on February 11, 1920 in Paris, France

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Deslys' heritage has been disputed. She had many admirers among royalty, most notably Manuel II of Portugal. A detective employed by an imperial personage discovered that her true name was Hadiwga Nawrati. Another spelling of her name is Hedvika Navrátilová. The investigator reportedly found that Deslys denied her elderly mother's claim to kinship when he brought her to see the dancer. Deslys paid her mother a large amount of money to leave. Deslys attempted to conceal her identity, but claimed to be of French ethnicity. The probe disclosed that she was in fact a Czech peasant girl, born in the village of Horní Moštenice. At least twenty-four people with the surname Navratilová exerted claims to Deslys' fortune after her death.

In January 1930 the then-French foreign minister said he had settled the disagreement about Deslys' birthplace. According to him Deslys was born at Marseilles on November 4, 1881. She was the daughter of Hippolyte Caire and his wife née Terras. The study alleged that the claim of the Navrátil family was based on a statement that their daughter was the double of Gabrielle Caire, and adopted the stage name Gaby Deslys. Friends of the family asserted that the original Gabrielle Caire either died in obscurity or remained alive in England.


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