A Woman to Know: Mercedes de Acosta

Say what you will about Mercedes, she's had the most important women of the 20th century. — Alice B. Toklas

(image via Library of Congress)

Hollywood studios knew her as a kick-ass playwright and screenwriter, but Hollywood society knew her as a "notorious lesbian," renowned for her many tumultuous affairs. Some of her famous lovers from Hollywood's Golden Era: Tallulah Bankhead, Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich and even (gasp) the legendary Greta Garbo.

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