*Six* Women to Know: The Mitford Sisters

'You are the last Mitford sister.'
'Yes.'
Is that a very lonely feeling?
'...You know, life goes on.'
— Debo Mitford, in conversation with John Preston

(image via Vanity Fair)


People didn't know them by their titles or names. People knew them by their nicknames ("Debo," "Decca," "Honks") and by their scandalous reputations (dalliances with confessional writing, affairs with prominent heads of state and even a wedding to fascist sympathizer Oswald Mosley). As Lynn Barber called them, "The duchess, the fascist, the communist, the Nazi, the novelist and er, the other one."

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