'The most beautiful woman in the world' returns to Blenheim.

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Gladys Deacon.<br />
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The 'Most beautiful woman in the world' finally return's to Blenheim Palace.<br />
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The treasured painting kept by a Duchess of Blenheim once described as 'the most beautiful woman in the world' through her declining years has finally returned to the Oxfordshire Palace 103 years after it was painted.<br />
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American Gladys Deacon married the 9th Duke of Marlborough in 1921, five years after her portrait was painted in Paris by Italian artist Giovanni Boldini.<br />
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But the marriage became troubled and the Duke finally evicted Gladys from the Palace in the ealy 1930's, she then became an eccentric recluse, before finally ending her days in a psychiatric hospital.<br />
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When evicted Gladys took a few treasured possessions with her, including a statue given her by Rodin, and this glamorous portrait from her stunning younger days.