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Dolores Guinness, German Baroness and socialite, died she was 75

Dolores Guinness, was a German born Freiin (Baroness), socialite, fashion icon and jet set member of the 1950s and 1960s died she was 75.. She is also a member of the International Best Dressed List since 1970.[2][3] Her mother was the famous socialite Gloria Guinness.

(31 July 1936 – 20 January 2012)

Early life

Born Dolores Maria Agatha Wilhelmine Luise, Freiin von Fürstenberg-Hedringen on 31 July 1936 in Berlin-Charlottenburg.[4] She is the second daughter of Franz-Egon Maria Meinhard Engelbert Pius Aloysius Kaspar Ferdinand Dietrich, 3rd Graf von Fürstenberg-Herdringen (1896–1975) and his second wife, Gloria Guinness (1912–1980). She also has a younger brother, Franz-Egon born 1939, and a stepsister, Betsy von Furstenberg, from her fathers previous marriage.
Though some published sources have described Dolores von Fürstenberg as a countess and a princess, she is, in fact, a Freiin (baroness) by birth, according to the last published issue of the Almanach de Gotha. Children of the counts von Fürstenberg-Hedringen are known as Freiherr (baron) or Freiin (baroness), and the sons move up in rank to Graf (count) only if they inherit the primary title.

Later life

At age 19 she married her stepbrother Patrick Benjamin Guinness[5] (1931–1965), son of Loel Guinness, on 22 October 1955 in Paris. Patrick was killed in a car accident in Turtig near Raron, Switzerland 1965.[6] Have issue:

  1. Maria Alexandra Guinness Cook (born 1956) married Foulques, Count de Quatrebarbes (born 1948) in 1979. Now divorced. Have issue.
  2. Loel Patrick Guinness (born 1957).
  3. Victoria Christina Niarchos (born 1960) married Philip Niarchos in 1984, son of late Greek billionaire Stavros Niarchos. Have issue.

After Patrick’s death Dolores fell madly in love with Karim Aga Khan, the son of Joan Barbara Yarde-Buller (1908–1997) by her marriage to Aly Khan (1911–1960), and wanted to marry him, but nothing came of that eventually.[7]

Fashion icon

Dolores was often seen in Vogue (magazine), Harper’s Bazaar,[8] Town and Country (magazine) and LIFE dressed in designer clothes from Givenchy, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga during the 1950s and 1960s, photographed by Cecil Beaton, Bert Stern, Henry Clarke, Mark Shaw (photographer), Richard Avedon and William Klein. She often appeared on the International Best Dressed List during these years.

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