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. In the 1930s she moved to Rio de Janeiro, where she married Luis Lopes, chief of staff of President Getúlio Vargas. However, the couple separated due to rumours of an affair between Aimée and Vargas. She never admitted nor denied being his mistress.
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. She dated German field marshal Helmuth James Graf von Moltke but left him before his death. 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 Kenendy 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, being "true jetsetters".
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". Her elegance was praised by the likes of Vogue.
Over the decades she was invited to many high-profile weddings and events of royalty and the political and Hollywood elite like the:
- 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. She died aged one hundred and three.
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. 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.
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- Vanity Fair
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- "Aimée de Heeren". New York Social Diary. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- 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 Emperess Eugenie