Jul 16, 2014
The Chilean Bad Boy and his Boyfriends
But George was really more interested in the ballet. Not as a dancer or choreographer, although he dabbled in both. He wanted to be a producer, like Sergei Diaghilev, who founded the Ballet Russes in 1924, and showcased the muscular physique of his lover Nijinsky in The Afternoon of a Faun.
George got his chance when he met Margaret Strong, the granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, a bookish intellectual who had accompanied Howard Carter to Egypt for the famous King Tut expedition of 1922 (her second cousin, gay anthropologist Michael Rockefeller, died in New Guinea in 1961).
They married in 1927, and began throwing opulent parties, to which all of the Parisian glitterati were invited. In 1940, they moved to the United States, and divided their time between Palm Springs and Toms River, New Jersey.
George founded a ballet company and showcased young performers like André Eglevsky. His productions didn't receive a lot of critical acclaim, but they were eccentric and flamboyant.
In 1958, ballet director and choreographer Serge Lifar became angry when George changed one of his dances, and challenged him to a duel. Although 72 years old, George consented. The duel went on as scheduled, although no one was injured (except Lifar hurt his arm), and the two ended up in an embrace.
He and Margaret continued to court handsome young men, such as the Dutch adventurer Jan de Vroom, who acquired several Ferraris, a Rolls Royce, a boat, and finally an airplane as they competed for his affection.
After George died in 1961, Margaret and Raymundo continued to compete over men. They finally married in 1977, when he was 42 and she was 80.
See also: The Nutcracker; The Afternoon of a Faun.