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    Diana Mosley, wife of the pre-war British fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley, has died.

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    (U4) PARIS, FRANCE (FILE) (DECEMBER 8, 1980) (REUTERS)



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    SV'S: PEOPLE LOOKING AT WREATHS (2 SHOTS)
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    VARIOUS: DIANA MOSLEY AND FAMILY RECEIVING CONDOLENCES AT CEMATORIUM AFTER SERVICE FOR HER HUSBAND SIR OSWALD MOSLEY (4 SHOTS)
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    Background: Diana Mosley, wife of the pre-war British fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley, has died.


    Diana Mosley, wife of the pre-war British fascist leader Sir Oswald
    Mosley, has died in Paris after a stroke at the age of 93, her son said on
    Wednesday. Her death on Monday ended a life inextricably linked to the
    extremist politics of her late husband and tainted by their associations with
    Adolf Hitler. The couple's alliance was one that associated British high
    society and the "Bright Young Things" of the 1930s with the rise of the far
    right. She died peacefully and had not suffered unduly from the heatwave that
    has hit Europe in recent days, her son Alexander Mosley told Reuters. "She had
    many friends and a very active life, especially considering she was 93 when she
    died," he said. She was born Diana Freeman-Mitford on June 17, 1910, one of the
    aristocratic Mitford sisters, and married powerful brewing heir Bryan Guinness
    at the age of 18. But in 1932 she met Mosley just as he was forming the British
    Union of Fascists and soon after she left Guinness. The pair were married in
    the house of Hitler's chief of propaganda Josef Goebbels in Berlin in 1936.

    After the World War Two broke out in 1939, she and her husband were detained in
    Britain as a danger to the state, and thereafter they were largely treated as
    pariahs. Soon after the war ended, the couple moved to France. Sir Oswald,
    whose supporters in the 1930s were called Blackshirts, died in 1980. His widow
    remained in France, living in a flat on Paris's left bank, not far from the
    Musee d'Orsay. Recent interviewers described her as having snow-white hair and
    cobalt-blue eyes, noting her near-perfect French and good memory. "I regret
    nothing," she told the daily Le Figaro in a 2002 interview, when questioned
    about her life. The funeral will take place in Oxfordshire in central England
    next week.


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    Film ID:
    VLVAERFE65HGCS3F5LUD6AL02CF7N
    Media URN:
    VLVAERFE65HGCS3F5LUD6AL02CF7N
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
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    N/A

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