The Incredible Life of Mata Hari: The Javanese Princess (Part II)

In 1905, Gretha began exotic dancing. It inspired her and triggered a radical reinvention of herself. In a flash, Margaretha Geertruida Zelle MacLeod was gone forever, and in her place was a Javanese princess named Mata Hari. The name Mata Hari gave herself is Malaysian, and translates to “Eye of the Sun”. And somehow, in…

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The Incredible Life of Mata Hari: The Road to Perdition (Part I)

For over 100 years, the name Mata Hari has been synonymous with glamour and mystery. Her life ended when she was 41 years old, but those years were crowded with adventure, tragedy, and intrigue. The woman who would one day become famous all over the world was born into ordinary circumstances in August 1876, in…

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The Extravagant Headdresses of Mata Hari

The incredible life of Mata Hari, the beautiful World War I-era dancer and spy, is going to be the subject of an upcoming series on Old Spirituals. In her day, Mata Hari inspired early film stars. Since then, countless artists, actresses, and models have tried to recreate the mystique that was effortless for the Dutch…

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