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Cora Pearl. Demi-mondaine qui fut la maîtresse, entre autres, du Prince Napoléon et du Duc de Morny

Cora Pearl. Demi-mondaine qui fut la maîtresse, entre autres, du Prince Napoléon et du Duc de Morny

Vintage 19th century original black and white photo of the French courtesan known as Cora Pearl, decedant and beautiful, almost regal.

Vintage 19th century original black and white photo of the French courtesan known as Cora Pearl, decedant and beautiful, almost regal.

The niece of the great Mongol leader, Kubla Khan, Princess Khutulun was described by Marco Polo as the greatest warrior in Khan’s army. Khutulun insisted that any man who wished to marry her must defeat her in wrestling, forfeiting horses to her if they lost. She gained 10,000 horses defeating prospective suitors

The niece of the great Mongol leader, Kubla Khan, Princess Khutulun was described by Marco Polo as the greatest warrior in Khan’s army. Khutulun insisted that any man who wished to marry her must defeat her in wrestling, forfeiting horses to her if they lost. She gained 10,000 horses defeating prospective suitors

Jane White as Queen Aggravain in the 1959 Broadway production of “Once Upon a Mattress.”  The first African-American actress to portray a white character on Broadway, Ms. White originated this role in the Tony-nominated musical comedy and starred opposite Carol Burnett, who was making her Broadway debut in the role of Princess Winnifred.    Photo via The New York Times and Photofest.

Jane White as Queen Aggravain in the 1959 Broadway production of “Once Upon a Mattress.” The first African-American actress to portray a white character on Broadway, Ms. White originated this role in the Tony-nominated musical comedy and starred opposite Carol Burnett, who was making her Broadway debut in the role of Princess Winnifred. Photo via The New York Times and Photofest.

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