There is a movie just waiting to be written about this woman. The New York Times recently published a profile of Mary Landon Baker, a Chicago socialite who reportedly received 65 marriage proposals during her lifetime. She never got married.
The Times reports that Baker gained the attention of newspapers all over the world in the early 1920s after repeatedly leaving her fiancé, Allister McCormick at the altar.
While reporters called her "the shy bride," her romantic pursuits in the years that followed suggest otherwise. The Times says that she dated numerous men on two continents throughout the 1920s, including but not limited to an English Lord, an Irish prince, a well-to-do Spaniard, a Yugoslav diplomat, and the actor Barry Baxter.
Mary Landon Baker was a "dollar princess" (an heiress whose wealth made her an eligible bachelorette all over the world) and spent her time partying it up at pirate parties and dancing with Romanian princes.
Does anyone else kind of love her? I kind of love her.
The Times profile goes on to say that though Mary Landon Baker was a mere 61 years old when she passed away in 1961, she had received 65 marriage proposals by the time of her death. 65! (That's more than one proposal per year of life, gang.) And she rejected all of them!
I don't know about you guys, but I am fascinated. If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go start writing a screenplay about her.
You can read the Times' full profile on Baker here.