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The spy went dancing
Aline, Countess of Romanones, 1923-
Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, 1991.

Physical Description:
xxvi, 441 pages (large print), 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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D810.S8 A44 1990A Adult Large Print Large Print

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Author Notes

Aline, Countess of Romanones was born Mary Aline Griffith in Pearl River, New York on May 23, 1923. She received a degree in literature, history and journalism from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. After graduating, she became a model. During World War II, she worked as a code clerk deciphering messages in the United States Embassy in Madrid for the Office of Strategic Services. She posed as a socialite employed by American oil companies.

In 1947, she married Luis de Figueroa y Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno, the count of Quintanilla and later of Romanones. Her first memoir, The Spy Wore Red: My Adventures as an Undercover Agent in World War II, was published in 1987. Her other memoirs included The Spy Went Dancing, The Spy Wore Silk, The End of an Epoch, and the novel The Well-Mannered Assassin. She died on December 11, 2017 at the age of 94.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The American-born Condesa's post-WW II activities included socializing with French Prime Minister Georges Pompidou, Jacqueline Kennedy and the Rothschilds, and returning to espionage in 1966 to track a KGB mole in NATO, with the Duchess of Windsor's help. ``In an exciting denouement she exposes the mole, wrapping up a heretofore unresolved case,'' PW said. Photos. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

YA-- A book that seems as if it came from the pen of one of our popular writers of escapist fiction, this is the autobiography of a beautiful young woman from a small town in New York who was recruited by the OSS during World War II and sent to Spain as a spy. Her successful and dangerous career came to an end in 1947 when she married into one of Spain's oldest and most prestigious families and became a countess. Most of this part of her story was told in The Spy Wore Red (Random, 1987). After almost 20 years as one of Spain's most glamorous socialities, Aline Romanones is again recruited by the CIA to help uncover a mole in NATO headquarters in Paris. During the course of her exploits, she crosses paths with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, the embalmed body of Eva Peron, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The glimpses into the lives of the super-rich and the super-famous alone make the book interesting; the addition of the drama and real danger makes it irresistible. This is the perfect book to hand to girls who love Danielle Steel, Judith Krantz, etc., and who think they don't like nonfiction.-- Patricia Lilly, Holub Middle School, Alief, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.