Tag: Elizabeth Bonaparte

The Scandal and the Sway of Betsy Bonaparte: This Thursday at the Ivy Bookshop


Can’t wait for the next season of “The Real Housewives” to hurry up and premiere? Cool your (high) heels with an even more real – though equally scandalous – socialite’s life story…

Two centuries back, Baltimorean Elizabeth “Betsy” Patterson Bonaparte — the same family after which Patterson Park is named — became one of the first red-hot celebs in America, during a crucial moment in the nation’s early history – after all, she’d wed Napoleon’s brother Jerome, given birth to his child, then seen the marriage annulled by the emperor himself. (Way more interesting than Kim Richards’s rocky romance with Ken.)