She was beautiful and looked fragile, but years of skiing had strengthened her body. She faced death many times without flinching. She also seduced virtually every male agent with whom she worked. After her death in 1952, a group of her lovers formed a club to protect her reputation. In the 1950’s, women who slept around were sluts, even if they were also war heroes.
Christine Granville (Krystyna Skarbek) was born in 1908 into an aristocratic Polish family. Her father, Count Jerzy Skarbek, married a Jewish heiress who converted to Catholicism. Jerzy soon resented his wife’s Jewish heritage which denied them access to the top tier of society and the fact that her money saved his ancestral estates from bankruptcy. He eventually abandoned her.