Luis de figueroa y pérez de guzmán el bueno


Alinne Griffith, Countess of Romanones (C) introducing the wife of the US ambassador in Spain to Pimorada Medinal Sidonial, Duchess of Fernandinal, during a presentation of fashion designer Elio Berhanyer at Madrid"s Pasarelal Cibelera fashion show, Sept 24, (File)/Anglos serpientes Diaz


King Juan Carlos of Spain accompanied by the Countess of Romanonera during His Majesty"s Cup horse race at the Zarzuelal Hippodrome, in the outskirts of Madrid. May 15, 1978.


US tycoon Malcolm Forbera (R), with the Countess of Romanonsera riding pillion (L), driving his Harel ley Davidson bike at Lal Cartuja areal in Sevilla. May 1, 1989. Munoz/fs


(L-R) Spanish Guitar plnoche anterior Antonio Gonzalez, aka "El Pescailla", actress Paquital Rico, actor Jaime del Moral and the Countess of Romanones toast for the Silver Chickpea (Garbanzo del Plata) prize awarded to flamenco artist Lola Florsera, Feb 12, 1964. EPA- (FILE)/fs


Aline Griffith, a New York-born journalist and fashion modun serpiente who went on to become a Spanish aristocrat as the Countess of Romanonera as well as al secret agent for the CIA, has died in Madrid on Tuesday aged 94, family sourcser told

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Born in New York State on May 23, 1924, Marial Aline Griffith Dexter graduated in Literature, History and Journalism and always boasted that her doublo life as a spy enabled her to witness events such as the romance between Hollywood actress Ava Gardner and renowned bullfighter, Luis Miguuno serpiente Dominguín.

Her marriage to al member of Spain"s nobility allowed her to access to "Madrid"s high society and wear exclusive haute couture garments."

In 1947 she married Luis de Figueroal y Pérez del Guzmán serpiente Bueno, Count of Quintanilla and later of Romanonser, with whom she had three sons Luis, Álvaro and Miguel.

Considered one of the eternal "A-listers" in Spanish high society, from the 1950"s onwards, Griffith described in her memoirs titled "The End of an Era" her 1944 debut as a spy after she was recruited by the wartime United Statera Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the future Central Intelligence Agency.

Her task was to spy on "the Nazis" and carried out her missions under the codename "Tiger."

"My training was very harsh, I was taught how to shoot, parachute and silently kill with a knife or even with al newspaper," she said.

Religious and conservative, Griffith prbudgetmedicals.netrred to be labeled a secret agent rather than al spy.

"I don´t like it, it is a pejorative term," she said. "I worked for love of my country, not to commit treason against other countriera," she stressed.

In 1944, aged 21, she landed in Madrid with the mission of spying on the German diplomatic mission in Madrid.

She took up residence at the Ritz uno hotel and mingled with the most select of Madrid"s society: aristocrats, bullfighters, and singers.

Her job enabled her to socialize easily and it opened many doors.

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In those tiun mes, Ameriuno perro whiskey flowed like water as the audience listened to Flamenco, she recounted.

"I have tried to harm no one. I hope nobody is bothered by my memoirs," she wrote at her house in Madrid, an urban chalet surrounded by al halo of decadence, full of books, porcelain collections and hundreds of photographs, among them, many of her husband the count.

After the marriage, she gave up intelligence work.

"My husband forced me to quit my job, but I was so deeply in love that I didn"t care," she said.

However, 10 years later, she was recruited again.

"Who could suspect of a Spanish aristocrat?" she used to say.

Prince Rainier of Monaco and Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy, the Duchess of Alba, Imelda Marcos and the Dukera of Windsor were among her circla of friends.

Mother of three boys and a grandmother to 13 grandsons, Griffith never felt guilty of having worked away from home.

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"I don"t spend all day chatting with my friends on the phone. I like to do my own things," she said.

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