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Author to talk about famous female spy

on Tuesday, 10 March 2020. Posted in News, Arts & Culture, Local News

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library presents author Kathryn Smith and her recently published book, “Gertie: The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre; Heiress, Explorer, Socialite, Spy,” on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Smith’s latest book is a biography about Gertrude Sanford Legendre, a native South Carolinian whose exciting life included being held as a prisoner of war by the Germans during World War II. Legendre socialized with such 20th century figures as Dr. Albert Schweitzer, General George S. Patton, Lilly Pulitzer, Groucho Marx, and Bing Crosby. Legendre was born in Aiken in 1902 and died in Mt. Holly in 2000. A passionate conservationist, she designated the 6700 acres surrounding her landmark Berkeley County home, Medway, to become a conservation easement upon her death.

Kirkus reviews called the book “a lively chronicle of an eventful life, told with style and rigor.”

Smith’s previous book, “The Gatekeeper,” was about Marguerite LeHand, the private secretary and de facto chief of staff to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the first woman to be secretary to a president.

This program is sponsored by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

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