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Léontine Pauline "Ninette" Aubart
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Birth: May 20, 1887
Paris, France
Death: Oct. 29, 1967
Montmartre, France

R.M.S. Titanic survivor. Léontine (known as "Ninette") was born in Paris, France. Her occupation was listed as night club singer. She boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with her maid Emma Sägesser. She occupied cabin B-35. She was the mistress of millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim. Benjamin had purchased tickets for her, her maid, and his valet, Victor Giglio. The Guggenheim party all boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg, France on 10th April, 1912, and were bound for New York City. She was 24 years old. Benjamin made certain that Léontine and her maid were safely boarded onto lifeboat 9. Then he and his valet, Victor Giglio, changed into their best evening wear. When asked if he was going to try to save himself, Benjamin famously replied; "We have dressed in our best, and are prepared to go down like gentlemen." After coming aboard the Carpathia she sent a Marconigram to Paris letting people know she had survived. Benjamin and Victor bodies were not recovered. Léontine placed a claim for her lost belongings. She said, "I had in my cabin jewels worth 4,000 (GPB) as well as many trunks of dresses and hats. Nothing could be taken with me. We were in our night clothes. Lifebelts were put around us. On the deck there was no commotion. Every one of them a perfect gentleman - calmly puffing cigarettes and cigars and watching the women and children being placed in the boats. Marie got into the lifeboat and then I. We were the last women to leave the ship. Those Englishmen, still with cigarettes in mouth, facing the death so bravely that it was all the more terrible." No matter what her real feelings for Benjamin, she had just undergone an extremely harrowing ordeal. She mentioned she was exposed to the elements improperly and scantily clad and was thereby caused serious and permanent personal injuries ... was made sick, sore, lame, and disabled by reason of such exposure ... (that she) suffered and still suffers great mental pain and anguish and distress ... (and that she was) impaired in her senses and faculties'. Delivering her coup de grace, she also contends that 'her health and constitution are shattered' and that 'her nervous system is permanently affected'. Léontine might well have exaggerated her condition to gain maximum compensation but her maid, Emma Sagesser, certainly had to support her young mistress, who apparently suffered a near-complete breakdown once aboard the 'Carpathia'. She didn't know any English and after being through something like a ship sinking Léontine might of been scared. Benjamin, her provider was dead and what ever dreams she had were dead with him. How was she going to get money to go back to France? Did she even want to go back to France or did she have to back because she didn't know English or had no money. When the time came for her to sail back to France aboard the 'Adriatic' in early May, she was so flustered and upset that she left both her steamer and train tickets behind her in New York. In later life, it is said, that Madame Aubart held parties during the twenties that were ended by police. Leontine Pauline Aubart died on 29 October 1964, aged 77.
 
 
Burial:
Cimetiere St. Vincent
Montmartre
City of Paris
Île-de-France, France
 
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Record added: Jul 15, 2011
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Léontine Pauline Ninette Aubart
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102 years ago today. RIP.
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