a k a Mata Hari.

Posted June 8, 2010.

You may have arrived here via the Your Daily Mata Hari page. If so you know that these posts are devoted to images of the Dutch dancer and courtesan named Margaretha Geertruida “Grietje” Zelle MacLeod, better known by her artistic name, Mata Hari. Born August 7 1876, she grew up in a wealthy home (her father owned a hat store and made smart investments) but due to a series of unfortunate events, her family fell apart. More unfortunate events occurred. With few prospects in sight, she answered an ad for a wife and at 18 she wed Dutch Colonial Army officer Rudolf John MacLeod, a loser, a violent, alcoholic jerk. They lived in Java for a time and had two children. Studying native culture was her way of escaping the horrors of her marriage. She concentrated in exotic dancing in particular and came up with the artistic name Mata Hari, Indonesian for “Eye of the dawn.” Back in the Netherlands in 1902, she was able to divorce MacLeod. One child had died mysteriously in Java, the other died in 1906, possibly from syphilis contracted from MacLeod.

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