Emma Elizabeth Crouch was born in London in the 19th century. She attended a boarding school in France where she became well-educated and obtained high society social skills. After a terrible encounter with man who raped and then paid her in London, Crouch became a mistress in a notorious bar and brothel, The Argyll Rooms. She took the name Cora Pearl and began to make a name for herself as a courtesan. She was known for her flashy style, often rocking lemon yellow!