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THREE WOMEN. THREE LEGENDARY AFFAIRS. ONE BLOODLINE. SCANDAL RUNS IN THE FAMILY.With the accession to the throne of King Edward VII, Victorian morals gave way to Edwardian excesses, where an indiscretion of dress or etiquette took on far greater importance than adultery. It wasn't immoral or indecent to commit adultery then, only foolish and irresponsible if one got nothing for it. The King's mistress, Mrs. Alice Keppel, intended to get something for it and her eyes were on the biggest prize in England: The Throne.Alice's eldest daughter, Violet, didn't see any hypocrisy in such a life. Her mother's life appeared to her instead full of passion and mystery and her dearest wish was to squeeze as much romance into her own life. She shared this secret wish with her best friend, Vita Sackville-West.Violet and Vita's scandalous affair took them from London, where Vita cross-dressed as a man, to Paris where they blended in with the Bohemian set and, finally, to Monte Carlo to gamble at winning their freedom. What ensued is one of the most daring, real-life international flights by two lovers in modern history: Vita and Violet, with husbands in hot pursuit, fleeing across the seas towards a dramatic finale.Their story fades just as a third Keppel woman steps up to take her rightful place in this long family lineage of mistresses: Camilla Parker Bowles, great granddaughter of Alice and grand niece to Violet. Thus, the legacy of great loves and inescapable family traits is revealed and immortalized, humanizing the exalted and elevating the masses to the universal understanding of the one great love: The Last Fire.
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Lee A. Litas is a seasoned journalist and photographer whose society and dining columns, "Lake County Life," "Lee's Social Studies" and "Table Hopping," respectively, for the Daily Herald, Pioneer Press, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune have been enjoyed weekly by some half million readers for the past 14 years. An international gadabout, polyglot and avid tango dancer, Litas began researching The Last Fire while on a trip to England in 2006. She is currently completing the book version of this screenplay. You can see more of Litas' work at: leelitas.com. She lives in Chicago with her family.