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Lola Montez

Lola Montez
Lola Montez (1847), painted by Joseph Karl Stieler for Ludwig I of Bavaria and his Schönheitengalerie

Marie Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert, Countess of Landsfeld, better known by the stage name Lola Montez, was an Irish dancer and actress who became famous as a “Spanish dancer”, courtesan, and mistress of the King of Bavaria, who made her Countess of Landsfeld. She used her influence to institute liberal reforms. Although forced to flee. She proceeded to the United States via Switzerland, France and London, returning to her work as an entertainer.

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