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Lucy (or Lucie) Dillon was born into a prominent and wealthy English family and educated in France. In 1787, she married Frédéric, later marquis de La Tour du Pin de Gouvernet, a French diplomat. She was noted for her charming personality, intelligence, humor, and extraordinary vitality. She served as a lady-in-waiting to Marie Antoinette, Queen of France. At age 24, she fled the French Revolution with her family for life on a dairy farm in the USA. She returned from exile after Napoleon came to power, and began writing her famous memoirs at the age of 50 as a family letter addressed to her only surviving son, Aymar. Madame de La Tour du Pin spent the last 20 years of her life in exile in Switzerland and Italy, maintaining contact with France by a voluminous correspondence. Her diaries provide one of the premier eyewitness accounts of the brilliant society of the late 18th century. After her death, the manuscript passed down through her family and was first published in 1906.
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