Marguerite, the free spirit Interviews
Surprising, detonating, Marguerite Blessington stood out.
A self-made woman, she was passionate about literature in a family that was not very demanding towards the knowledge offered to women. She persisted and ended up writing her books and working for the press.
Married too young at 15, she leaves an inadequate husband, meets a second tender but awkward one... Whatever, Marguerite surrounds herself, opens her literary salon, aggregates all the political currents, the arts, the literature. She invents her own universe. Some say she was a prude, others say she was the first to practice stripping and expose perfect forms. Attention, one looks with the eyes, not touches... She lacks an accomplice, an alter ego at her height, seductive and brilliant. She meets Alfred, doesn't care about their 12 years of difference, travels with him, taking her husband concerned about her happiness in her luggage. People talk, Marguerite moves on, she is wonderfully extravagant, too intelligent not to annoy those who are bored, who cares. She rubs shoulders with Dickens, exchanges with Byron and George Sand. She fascinated men and Alfred for thirty years, a stranger to criticism and regret, terribly free and yet so concerned about the other that she devoted everything to him.
She once said: I know no better secret of beauty than happiness.
Marguerite was Alfred's muse and inspired him to create the perfume L.B. À cœur perdu. Today, she would wear M.A. Je suis le plus grand, an electric woody scent evoking electric love.