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8/7/2006 8:27 pm
Admit nothing!!!

On this day in 1876, Margaretha Zelle was born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands to a Dutch father and a mother of Javanese descent. In 1905, she began to win fame as an exotic Oriental-style dancer. It was then that she adopted the stage name Mata Hari. Promiscuous, flirtatious, and one that openly flaunted her body with a mystique that captivated both her audiences and the public, Mata Hari was literally an overnight success.

In happier times prior to World War I, she had been generally viewed as an artist, a free-spirited bohemian. But as the times grew more grim she began to be seen by some as a wanton and promiscuous woman, and perhaps a dangerous seductress. Her relationships and liaisons with powerful men took her across international borders frequently, which eventually would lead to her downfall. Mata Hari was arrested in 1917 and put on trial accused of spying for the Germans. Although it has been speculated since that there was no concrete evidence, she was nevertheless found guilty and was executed by firing squad on 15 October 1917, at the age of 41.

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