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Dead interesting: Inside the world of Porfirio Rubirosa

The life and times of the jet-setter, diplomat and rogue (1909-1965)

A typical day in the life of diplomat Porfirio Rubirosa ran thus: up at lunchtime, dress, get in a Ferrari and go to the Bagatelle Polo Club in the Bois de Boulogne to exercise polo ponies; leave for home at six; off to dinner at eight — and then on to adventures in the beds of Parisian ladies.

More acute readers might note this does not leave a lot of time for the to and fro of embassy life. Frank Sinatra once asked him, “Rubi, have you ever had a real job?” to which he replied, triumphantly: “women are my full-time job.”

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