|Gladys Deacon, later Duchess of Marlborough, in a portrait by Paul-César Helleu.|
"If you want to do something, don’t tell other people about it, just do it. Other people will always find a reason to try and prevent you."
So said Gladys Duchess of Marlborough (1881—1977), American heiress, intellectual, adventuress, and celebrated beauty.
SOURCE: Hugo Vickers, "An Eccentric Duchess," New York Social Diary, 23 February 2011.