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Baroness Orczy was born Emmuska Magdalena Rosalia Maria Josefa Barbara Orczy, an aristocrat in Hungary to a baron and former countess. Initially she lived a life of luxury and prestige, as her father occupied a place in the court of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Her father, Baron Felix Orczy, was a minor composer. He presided over the family estate 'Tarna Ors,' where great composers like Wagner, Liszt and Gounod used to visit.

However, when the Baroness' father attempted to modernize his tenants' farming methods, a peasant revolt broke out and the family fled -- first to Brussels, then Paris, and ultimately to London. There, the Baroness studied at the West London School of Art, where she...

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