The bejeweled family tree of Daphne Guinness

By Laurie Bennett

August 31, 2010 at 7:07am

Daphne Guinness, a name familiar to fashionistas and beer lovers, makes an intriguing Muckety map.

Her father, Bryan Guinness, descends from the Irish brewing family.

Her grandmother, Diana Mitford, known at her death in 2003 as “Lady Diana Mosley,” was one of the celebrated Mitfords, sister to the writers Nancy and Jessica. Another sister, Unity, was a friend of Adolf Hitler who attempted suicide when Britain entered World War II.

Daphne Guinness’s former husband, Spyros Niarchos, is the son of Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos, rival to Aristotle Onassis. The elder Niarchos’s wives included Tina Livanos, who was married to Onassis; Eugenie Livanos, Tina’s sister; and Charlotte Ford, daughter of Henry Ford II.

After a bitter divorce from Niarchos, which came with a hefty settlement, Guinness went to clown school. She then started working as a model and is now starring in the NARS Cosmetics fall ad campaign.

Dubbing her a “fashion nun,” New York magazine describes Guinness as “one of the only women of that sort who manage to combine cartoonish attire with sex appeal.”

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