Elizabeth Gilbert, daughter of 15-year-old Eliza Oliver from County Limerick, was born in 1821. Her mother, who married an English officer, went off with family in tow to India when Elizabeth was just two years old.
Oh, dear, like a tragic opera, her father died of cholera and her mother was married again. (Her mother must have been quite glamorous, too.)
Surprise, Surprise! Elizabeth was described as a spirited girl, a handful, and was sent to family in Scotland so she could learn to behave llike a lady. It didn’t take.
Hot-tempered and gorgeous, Elizabeth scooted in and out of schools, and ran off with a soldier. Surprise, surprise! The marriage didn’t take, either and Elizabeth reinvented herself as Lola Montez, Spanish dancer.
Wealthy lovers funded her tours through Europe, and she even took over a country from a besotted King, becoming empress!
The rest of the story, and there is a lot more, about this amazing woman andher adventures will follow… Stay tuned!