Patricia Lascelles, Countess of Harewood

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Patricia "Bambi" Lascelles, Countess of Harewood (born 24 November 1926) is an Australian violinist and former fashion model.


Life and career[edit]

Patricia Elizabeth Tuckwell was born in Melbourne, the daughter of Charles Tuckwell and his wife, Elizabeth and an older sister of Barry Tuckwell.[1] She was a violinist for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

She was also a fashion model and a favourite model of Athol Shmith, who became her first husband. While they were married, Patricia often modeled for him, under the name Bambi Smith (without the 'h'). In 1951, she was one of the founders of the Mannequins' Association of Victoria.[2][3] She ran the Bambi Smith Modelling College in Melbourne. Her alumnae include such notables as Roma Egan.

After the opening of Melbourne's first television station, HSV-7, on 4 November 1956, she appeared on a number of early programs, including Beauty is My Business, in which her co-host was Mary Parker.

She is patroness of the Huntington's Disease Association.[4]

Marriages and offspring[edit]

On 7 July 1948, she married Athol Shmith in Melbourne, and they had one son, Michael (b. 1949), now a senior journalist for The Age newspaper. The couple divorced in 1957.

She then married George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood on 31 July 1967 at New Canaan, Connecticut, United States. They have one son, Mark Lascelles, who was born on 5 July 1964, while the Earl was still married to the first Countess, Marion Stein.[1][5][6]


  1. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "Patricia Elizabeth Tuckwell". Retrieved 25 January 2010. [unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "Patricia Tuckwell 1947". The Good, The Great & The Gifted -. National Gallery of Australia. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bambi comes home with her Earl". The Age (Google News Archive). 3 February 1970. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "HDA Homepage". Huntington's Disease Association. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Hauptfuhrer, Fred (8 June 1981). "Publicly Shunned for Years, the Earl and Countess of Harewood Get a Royal Welcome". People. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Wife Divorces Queen's Cousin". The Montreal Gazette (Google News Archive). 7 April 1967. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 

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