Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Duchess of Croy to wed kinsman of Italian king

November 2, 1931

A formal announcement was made today of the engagement between Helen, Duchess of Croy, and Count Anthony de Bosdari, an Italian, according to the New York Times.

The Duchess of Croy is the former Helen Lewis of Albany, New York, daughter of Mrs. Lindsay Lewis. and the late Thompson H. Lewis.  She is the sister of the Baroness de Molay, who lives in Paris.

Helen's marriage to Karl Rudolph Engelbert Philipp Leo, 13th Duke of Croy, ended in divorce about a year ago.  The divorce was finalized in Cologne.  She married the Duke of Croy in 1924, shortly after his first marriage to American Nancy Leishman, the daughter of John G. Leishman, former American Ambassador to Germany was dissolved by divorce.

Count de Bosdari is the son of the late Count Anthony Bosdari, "a second cousin of King Victor Emanuele of Italy," and a nephew of the late Count de Bosdari, "one time Italian ambassador to Germany."

In 1928, Count de Bosdari was married to Miss Josephine Fish, daughter of Mrs. Charles King Corsant of Chicago.  The marriage ended after only a few months.   A year later, the count became engaged to the actress Tallulah Bankhead, but "the engagement was terminated."

The Duchess of Croy and Count de Bosdari expect to be married in the Spring.

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