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Subject: Blanche Blackwell, Ian Fleming's mistress


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Date Posted: Thursday, August 10, 11:44:58am

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2017/08/10/blanche-blackwell-ian-flemings-mistress-obituary/

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Blanche Blackwell, Ian Fleming's mistress – obituary

10 August 2017 • 6:06pm

Blanche Blackwell, who has died aged 104, was the mother of the record mogul Chris Blackwell, the mistress of Ian Fleming and one of the last survivors from the age when some 20 families ran Jamaica.

Her family, the Lindos, were Sephardic Jews from Portugal who had arrived in Jamaica in 1743 to make their money from sugar, rum, coconuts and cattle. Their finances were said to have been weakened by a large loan to Napoleon, which was never repaid, and by the early 20th century Blanche’s eldest uncle had been forced to depart for Costa Rica, where he struck lucky growing bananas and sent for his seven brothers, including Blanche’s father.

Blanche was born there on December 9 1912. When their wealth was restored, most of the family returned to Jamaica, where they bought and ran the island’s leading rum manufacturer, J Wray and Nephew, until 1957.

Strong, petite and full of joie de vivre, Blanche...

[My apologies. The London Telegraph has a pay-wall and have, thus, cut me off from access to the rest of the obit ...]

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Mother of music exec Chris Blackwell, 80 (founder of Island Records) (NT).Thursday, August 10, 11:51:24am


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