Rudolph Valentino, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks all gambled and lounged there. Chanel designed special “beach pajamas” for her that set a fashion trend in 1926. An intense love affair with Chaplin ended in an offer to star in his next film — which she turned down, unwilling to leave Frank and his fortune.“It’s true, it’s true, I love money,” she confessed.In 1918, as a scantily clad chorus girl in the famous Folies Bergère, she schemed to reel in a rich husband who would help her join that upper crust.Enter Frank Jay Gould, youngest son of American robber baron Jay Gould, whose share of his family’s estate would be worth about billion today.
Scott Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel and Maurice Chevalier.When they wed in 1923, they agreed that neither would give up their extracurricular sexual dalliances, forming an early open marriage.“Everybody slept with everybody else,” Florence Gould would say decades later. It was practical.” As business partners, they launched a hotel and casino after spending a winter on the French Riviera.Nearly 80,000 French Jews were deported to Nazi death camps; many more were persecuted, their property seized.Resistance fighters risked all to undermine the Axis powers.