Never Better Sisters

Unity, Tom, Deborah, Diana, Jessica, Nancy, Pamela Mitford

Unity, Tom, Deborah, Diana, Jessica, Nancy, Pamela Mitford

There’s one in every family. The one who can’t get his act together, the one you spend excruciating hours talking on the phone with your mom about, the one who promises to carve the Thanksgiving turkey and never shows up, and the one you can go to should you ever need illegal contacts. However they’ve earned the title in the family, I’m sure you only have one, maybe two tops. Whatever your crazy count is, I bet you’ve got nothing on the Mitford family.

Unity and Hitler

Unity and Hitler

The Mitford family was an aristocratic English family with six lovely daughters: Diana the fascist, Jessica the communist, Unity the Hitler lover, Nancy the novelist, Deborah the duchess, and Pamela the unobtrusive poultry connoisseur.

Raised in privilege and isolation, the kids quickly developed eccentric personalities who believed in poltergeists, superstitions, and predestination. The creative young minds quickly grew into zealous adult thinking that would earn them the front page of many a gossip paper. Attending blacklisted political parties, in and out of jail for treason, inviting the Fuhrer to their wedding, scandalous divorces, and a suicide over Hitler are more than enough to earn you notoriety. Even the semi-normal one who married a duke defended her sisters until she died earlier this year. I can overlook some of the eye-rolling things my brother has done (yeah, he’s the One in my family), but I’m pretty sure that supporting Nazis would have me rethinking sending him a Christmas card.

Books, articles, and movies have been made to tell the unbelievable tale of this family. They are a goldmine for any writer needing inspiration for over the top characters. But these women weren’t fictional, they were very much alive. And lived their life to the utmost of their beliefs. However insane they may have been.

Diana at the 1939 Nuremberg Rally

Diana at the 1939 Nuremberg Rally


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6 Comments

  1. Tom Threadgill

    How have I never heard of these gals? Now I’m thinking about giving up writing and becoming an unobtrusive poultry connoisseur.

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    1. J'nell (Post author)

      Just don’t pick up any of their other sentiments. If you do become a poultry genius, can I partake of your chicken nugget profits?

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  2. Kathleen Rouser

    As the saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the Mitford sisters. I am curious, though, since there was a lot of intermarriage between British and German royalty, were there the same kind of connections in the aristocracy? Just wondering if that influenced them to become Nazi sympathizers? (Not that it excuses anyone with a conscience from supporting that evil regime.)

    Fascinating post!

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    1. J'nell (Post author)

      I’d never heard of them either until I came across Duchess Deborah’s obituary earlier this year on the British news. Absolutely there were marriages among the countries, but I think the Mitford girls got their liberal leanings from their fascist parents. Just goes to prove how careful as parents your should be of what your child is learning.

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  3. Lisa Betz

    But what is an unobtrusive poultry connoisseur? Did she like unflashy chickens or did she steal coq au vin when no one was looking? And does that mean Gonzo from the Muppets was an obtrusive poultry connoisseur?

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    1. J'nell (Post author)

      Hahaha! Maybe she liked to watch the chickens from a bush so not to intrude upon their pecking.

      Reply

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