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Lady Duff Twysden
Birth: May 22, 1892, England
Death: Jun. 27, 1938
Santa Fe
Santa Fe County
New Mexico, USA

Literary Folk Figure. A onetime member of the British nobility, she is remembered as a Paris flapper of the Lost Generation who gained immortality as Lady Brett Ashley in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises". Born Dorothy Smurthwaite to a Yorkshire family, she styled herself Mary Duff Stirling after her parents' divorce, was educated in Paris, spent considerable time in Scotland, was presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and in 1914 married Edward Luttrell Byrom. While volunteering in National Service, she had an affair with Sir Roger Twysden and following her divorce from Byrom married him on January 25, 1917. Duff had a baby and became a "Lady" when Sir Roger succeeded to his father's title, though her husband's family disliked her and considered her unsuitable. According to Duff, Sir Roger was a mean drunk who mistreated her; taking up with her cousin Patrick Guthrie, she became 'engaged' to him, moved to Paris, and fit right in with the artistic milieu of the time. A hard drinker, she liked men and met plenty of them, often depending on them to cover her bar tabs and hotel bills. A short-haired tomboy of the type liked by Ernest Hemingway, a notable exception being his glamrous third wife Martha, she was chased by him, and though she happily went drinking with him, she drew the line at betraying his wife Hadley, whom she liked. Duff did have an affair with writer Harold Loeb, who had just ditched his girlfriend Kitty Cannell, and accompanied the group of expatriates who journeyed to Pamplona in 1925 for the Running of the Bulls and the subsequent bullfights. While there she had a fling with the young matador Cayetano Ordonez, whose son Antonio would be one of the two main characters in Hemingway's posthumously published "The Dangerous Summer", then returned to Paris. When "The Sun Also Rises" was published, Duff was easily recognizable as Brett, as was Hemingway as Jake Barnes, Loeb as Robert Cohn, Kitty as Frances Clyne, and Ordonez as Romero, while Hadley was conspicuous by her absence. Duff was divorced in 1926, losing her son in the process, and continued her old ways for a time before her August 1928 marriage to the much younger American painter Clinton Blair King. Thereafter, she lived quietly, dividing her time between New York and New Mexico, until her death from tuberculosis. Duff was portrayed by Ava Gardner in the 1956 film of "The Sun Also Rises" and by Fiona Fullerton in the 1988 miniseries "Hemingway", received a rather negative portrayal in Paula McLain's 2011 novel "The Paris Wife", and today lives on as Brett in every bookstore and library on Earth. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes given to Duff's husband, Clinton King
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Sep 04, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 116541684
Lady Duff Twysden
Added by: Lucy Caldarelli
 
Lady Duff Twysden
Added by: Bob Hufford
 
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