1960s London beauty Henrietta Tiarks
Once, among the vintage photos of the 1950s, I came across the image of a beautiful lady, whose waist was fantastically thin. Whether it was a corset, or a matter constitution, there was something else, that didn’t let me pass by. It was her touchingly beautiful appearance reminiscent of Jacqueline Kennedy, that can hardly be found these days – the embodiment of femininity, gentility, elegance, doll-like, but natural face. She looks at us with raised eyebrows and eyes wide opened, and this kind and clever look is from the distant 1959. Henrietta Joan Tiarks was one of the most popular London beauties at the time.
Henrietta took much after her mother – beautiful English actress Joan Barry, born Ina Florence Marshman Bell (5 November 1903 – 10 April 1989). Joan Barry starred in early Alfred Hitchcock thriller Blackmail (1929) and in his “Rich and Strange” (1931) two years later. She retired from the screen because of her marriage. Joan Barry married Henry Frederick Tiarks III on 3 October 1936 and had lived with him for 53 years, until her death in 1989.
Henrietta Tiarks herself nearly became an actress too, she was invited to audition, but … her groom, whom she was going to marry, said that they certainly would not be able to get married. Robin Russell had the title of Marquess of Tavistock, and after his father’s death he was to become the 14th Duke of Bedford (which happened in 2002, he survived his father only for a year). In marriage they had three sons – Andrew Ian Henry Russell, 15th Duke of Bedford (b. 30 March 1962), Lord Robin Loel Hastings Russell (b. 12 August 1963), Lord James Edward Herbrand Russell (b. 11 February 1975). Robin Russell died on 13 June 2003, aged 63.
Having become Marchioness of Tavistock, she has dedicated herself to managing the affairs of the estate (by her own admission, the first year she was afraid to go out of her rooms – not even trying to manage a huge farm). She was breeding horses. As a widow, she lives in Woburn Abbey with her eldest son and his wife.
In a recent interview she said: “I have still preserved some beautiful ball gowns, but they hang in the closet – no one gives balls. I do not put on a tiara for 25 years. Times have changed. The aristocracy is no longer needed.”
London beauty Henrietta Tiarks
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