|Santiago de Compostela|
|SOLD La Belle Otero, wearing a tambourine as a hat|
|AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE La Belle Otero, photo by Reutlinger of Paris|
Once in Paris, and surrounding herself with the mystique of her new image, it wasn't long before she found work as a dancer in the Folies Bergère. Before long, she was the talk of that city of lights, a top billing attraction, and within a few short years, one of the most famous women in France.
|The great Folies Bergère music hall|
|Folies Bergère poster advertising La Belle Otero|
|Casino de Paris poster|
advertising Liane de Pougy
|Folies Bergère poster|
advertising Emilienne d'Alençon
|SOLD Emilienne d'Alençon, one of Otero's rivals|
|SOLD La Belle Otero wearing a body stocking and a cape.|
By 1914, the magic of La Belle Epoque was fading away, its spell broken by the roar of cannon and the horrors of the "Great War." The picture postcard's vast popularity also faded amidst that chaos, never quite regaining its place of prominence in the hearts of the people.
|WWI French propaganda image|
In 1965, at the age of 97, while living in a small one room apartment, in the Novelty Hotel in Nice, Caroline Otero died as a result of a heart attack. She was remembered by neighbors and acquaintances as often speaking of her past glories, and of that golden age, La Belle Époque, which in many ways had been typified by the lovely and celebrated La Belle Otero.
|AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE La Belle Otero bids us "Adieu."|
|La Belle Otero in an elaborately decorated gown|
|La Belle Otero looking over her shoulder|