PAULETTE GODDARD & HARRY LLOYD HOPKINS

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Confidant and diplomatic advisor to President Roosevelt, Harry Lloyd Hopkins was one of the architects of the New Deal and served as US Secretary of Commerce from 1938 to 1940.

Rumors of a marriage between Paulette and Harry began circulating after she divorced Charles Chaplin in 1942. She and Harry met when Paulette and Charles were invited to the White House by President Franklin D. Roosevelt following the release of The Great Dictator in 1941.  Thanks to Harry, Paulette had lunch the same year with the President and his wife Eleanor in Hyde Park (New York). Paulette would subsequently meet the couple several more times and return to the White House many times, including with Burgess Meredith in 1942 (at Harry’s invitation). Through his intermediary, she would also rub elbows with Lord Mountbatten, Sir Anthony Eden, and Sir Winston Churchill.

Other political men courted Paulette; among them were businessman and future American Ambassador to the U.K. John H. Whitney and Mexican president Manuel Ávila Camacho.

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