In March 1919, she married briefly for a second time to an Army captain, and sailed with him to Africa.
He couldn’t keep up with her sexual energy, so she moved on to Josslyn Hay, eventually 22nd Earl of Erroll, a man as louche as her and eight years her junior whom she called ‘The Child’.
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Osborne says they had agreed to have an open marriage.
He certainly took her at her word, being unfaithful to her with a woman he met on the boat out to Mombasa.
Many will know Idina as 'The Bolter', her nickname during her lifetime, and the title of the best-selling biography written about her by Frances Osborne (left, at a book signing), the Chancellor's (right) wife and Idina's great-granddaughter Idina, never one to play by the rules of her class, divorced Euan, left their two sons then aged three and four, and became a wild flapper, soaked in cocktails and wreathed in cigarette smoke.
She reportedly taught one man how to make a pair of stockings slide to the floor by touching four strategic points on a woman’s skirt.
Sometimes the wild games at their parties went awry.
Once, a guest became stuck in a wicker basket during a game of hide-and-seek and, trying to force his way out with a knife, stabbed the bottom of the girl sitting on it.
‘It captures so well her sexiness, her animal magnetism. Idina was also the inspiration for Michael Arlen’s novel The Green Hat, about a tragic femme fatale who charms half of London and much of Paris.
It was turned into a film, A Woman Of Affairs, starring Greta Garbo.
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