Aimée de Heeren
Aimée de Heeren, born Aimée Soto-Maior de Sá or Aimée de Sotomayor (3 August 1903 – 14 September 2006) was a Brazilian socialite, and one of Brazil's most glamorous women internationally. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1996.
She was born in Castro, Paraná.
Rio de Janeiro
In the 1930s, she moved to Rio de Janeiro, where she married Luis Lopes, chief of staff of President Getúlio Vargas. According to rumours Aimée was the mistress of the officially married President. She never admitted nor denied being his mistress. Decades after the 1954 death of Vargas his secret diary was published with multiple references to his "ben-amada". Historians consider that the "bem-amada" was Aimée de Heeren.
In 1939, she left Brazil to live in Europe and over the years spent much time in Paris and France and was a regular at the 5-star Hôtel Meurice. In Paris she met the German field marshal Helmuth James Graf von Moltke. With World War II, she was forced to move on to the U.S., where she fell in love with Joseph P. Kennedy Jr, the oldest of the Kennedy brothers. Her friendship with the Kennedy family lasted until her death. She later married the American Rodman Heeren, great-grandson of John Wanamaker, the founder of the Wanamaker Department Stores. They had homes in Paris, New York City, Palm Beach, Florida and Biarritz, but never stayed in one location very long.
Several times, Aimée was in the list of best dressed women in the world and a 1941 edition of "Time magazine" included her in a list of "Ten Best Dressed Woman in the World". She was mentioned in magazines likes Vogue.
Over the decades she was invited to many high-profile weddings and events of royalty and the political and Hollywood elite, including:
- Wedding of the Shah of Iran to Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari (12 February 1951)
- Guest at Charles de Beistegui Le Bal oriental at Palazzo Labia in Venice (3 September 1951)
- The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (2 June 1953)
- Wedding of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (12 September 1953)
- Wedding of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco (19 April 1956)
- the Inauguration Ceremony for President John F. Kennedy (20 January 1961)
- Guest at Baron Alexis de Redé's Oriental Bal at Hôtel Lambert (5 December 1969)
- the Inauguration ceremony for President Ronald Reagan (20 January 1981)
- Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer (29 July 1981)
She was also invited to various state receptions in the Élysée Palace by Vincent Auriol, Charles de Gaulle, Claude Pompidou, François Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac, and numerous galas in Paris and Versailles by Baron Alexis de Redé, including at the Hotel Lambert and the Palace of Versailles. She was a very close friend of Doris Duke.
Aimée de Heeren was of unusual joy of life during her last years. When in Paris she took regular Internet Lessons at the Crèmerie de Paris. At the age of 102 years she traveled to Belgrade to attend the 60th birthday of Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia July 17, 2005, at the White Palace. She died in New York City, the following year at age 103. According to the Phone Book of Biarritz she used to swim in the Atlantic every day she was in town and this until the age of 102 years.
- Rasponi, Lanfranco (1968). The golden oases. Putnam. p. 189. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- Vanity Fair Best dressed list
- Ultimate Style – The Best of the Best Dressed List. 2004. p. 160. ISBN 2 84323 513 8.
- Morais, Fernando (1994). Chatô, o rei do Brasil. Companhia das Letras. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- Portuguese review on President Vargas Diary
- Portuguese article in Terra
- Portuguese article in Istoe
- The spectator. F.C. Westley. 1 January 2004. p. 44. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- "Aimée de Heeren". New York Social Diary. Retrieved 20 January 2012.[dead link]
- Vogue. Condé Nast Publications. April 1998. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- Phone Book of Biarritz mentioning the 2 Queens of Biarritz, Aimée de Heeren and the Empress Eugenie