The Irresistible Mr Wrong: The Six Mistresses of Misfortune
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Some women - including apparently almost all heiresses - find themselves drawn to thoroughgoing bastards who steal their money, cheat on them, even sometimes beat them up. Why, to these educated, rational and otherwise balanced young women, is "Mr Wrong" so often irresistible? Jeremy Scott tries to answer this question in his remarkable book. The Irresistible Mr Wrong is the dizzying true story of six women who fell for one such man; Porfirio Rubirosa - diplomat, playboy, racing car-driver and prodigious womaniser, of whom his benefactor Dominican Republican dictator General Trujillo, famously remarked, "He is good at his job because women like him and he is a wonderful liar." The settings are Cafe Society, prewar Berlin, occupied Paris and the post-war haunts of the international rich who occupied the Jet Set. It is the story of six women who inhabited that glossy milieu. They are Flor Trujillo, daughter of the dictator; Danielle Darrieux, leading French actress; the richest woman in the world, Doris Duke; Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian adventuress; Woolworth heiress, Barbara Hutton; and Odile Rodin, another French actress. Together with Rubirosa, these women lived soap opera lives of excess, greed and rare redemption. All six episodes of The Irresistible Mr Wrong are threaded on the same string, linked by one infamous figure who married five of these women in turn. What was his secret? Of greater interest is this question: knowing all they did about him, what drove them to do so?
straight out of the blue whether he would consider killing me to get my money.’ He rises to the occasion with suave gallantry. Gently laying his hand upon hers, he looks at her with his sultry bedroom eyes and breathes, ‘I have done much worse.’ She finds his words irresistible. Ten days later, Danielle flys to Monaco on location, leaving Rubi in Rome, the same city as the richest woman in the world. Doris’s father, Buck Duke, was a man of extraordinary foresight and business acumen. Born
furniture Flor recognises. The President seldom travels anywhere – even the short distance from Palace to harbour front – without the throne chair in his baggage train. It raises him head and shoulders above those attending him and its tall backrest conveys imposing dignity, while the elevated step where his pygmy feet rest remains unnoticed – along with the fact that the Benefactor, though the ideal of Beauty, Wisdom and Truth to all his people, wears built-up shoes and has unusually stunted
night, when he was good and drunk, he didn’t give a damn what kind of legs were opening.’ Three days later, Rubi returned with Doris’s cigarettes. She is at first forgiving of these lapses and conceals the discomfort they occasion in her. They are both worldly, though Doris is much less jaded than he. But the couple are aware of the strains imposed by constant togetherness. Deliberately, they take up individual pursuits. For Rubi it is polo, for Doris jazz. Rubi’s sport, which he played before
believe she was. She could read the envy, rivalry, hatred in other women’s eyes and it thrilled her with satisfaction. But Rubi – so like her father in his brand of maleness – is utterly deficient in other crucial aspects that existed in Buck. Rubi values her, but only for her money; he does not love her, he has no interest in protecting or taking care of her. Rubi had won her and Doris has been unable to conceal the fact that she is in thrall to him. She’s lost the initiative, and with it
erratic conduct but it does not affect him personally until he receives a cable instructing him in the dictator’s latest whim. He is ordered to take the necessary steps to ensure that Trujillo is awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Rubi is obliged to confront the disturbing fact that the boss has gone mad. ‘I’ve heard a lot about you, monsieur, none of it good,’ Odile remarks on meeting Rubi for the first time. He grins. His reputation has never proved a disadvantage in the past, though at