The Incredible Life of Mata Hari: Her Head Held High (Part IV)

The French were surveilling Mata Hari warily, and knew her whereabouts as soon as she returned to Paris on January 4, 1917. A month passed; then the French investigators sprung the trap. On February 13, Mata Hari was arrested in Paris at Élysée Palace Hôtel, and charged with being a double agent, working against France…

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The Incredible Life of Mata Hari: Clandestine Operations (Part III)

Gretha, now reborn as Mata Hari, soon had the whole of Europe at her feet. She was a popular exotic dancer who presented herself as someone thoroughly acquainted with the dancing of the East. And she did not confine herself to Paris. Men in Milan, Vienna, Berlin, and Madrid flocked to her shows.   Mata…

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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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