Gertie  by: Kathryn Smith The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre, Heiress, Explorer, Socialite, Spy is the biography of a singular woman who lived a 20th century life... - BUY BOOK

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Legendre was born in 1902 to an “ultra-wealthy family” in Aiken, South Carolina, and enjoyed an enviably privileged youth. However, she always yearned for adventure—a desire that biographer Smith (co-author: Eleanor Roosevelt Goes to Prison, 2019, etc.) stirringly depicts in these pages. In particular, Legendre developed a youthful “obsession with big game hunting…

Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in Biography

Gertie: The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre, Heiress, Explorer, Socialite, Spy is the biography of a singular woman who lived a 20th century life full of fun, adventure, derring-do and drama. Read about her Gilded Age girlhood, hijinks on the French Riviera with the Lost Generation, explorations on three continents, purchase of historic Medway Plantation, work for the OSS – the original American spy agency – during World War II, and her imprisonment by the Nazis. And that’s less than half the story!

Read the book review from Kirkus...

Legendre was born in 1902 to an “ultra-wealthy family” in Aiken, South Carolina, and enjoyed an enviably privileged youth. However, she always yearned for adventure—a desire that biographer Smith (co-author: Eleanor Roosevelt Goes to Prison, 2019, etc.) stirringly depicts in these pages. In particular, Legendre developed a youthful “obsession with big game hunting…

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Kathryn Smith
Style: Biography

Kathryn Smith is a journalist and writer with a life-long interest in FDR and his circle. Her curiosity about Marguerite LeHand arose when she read fleeting mentions of the enigmatic secretary in books about FDR and wondered, “Who was she? What was she like?” Three years and hundreds of hours of research later, she had her answer.

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All images of Gertrude Sanford Legendre courtesy College of Charleston Library, Special Collections