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Gala Dalí is best known as the wife, business manager and muse of Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí.
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Gala had frequent extramarital affairs with partners, including her former husband, Paul Éluard, before Éluard's death in 1952. Many of these affairs were sanctioned and even encouraged by Dalí, who believed in the sharing of sexual partners. He was less enthusiastic as Gala continued her affairs in her old age, lavishing young male artists with money and gifts until well into her seventies. Instead of remaining in her husband's studio, as she had once done,
Gala would leave Dalí alone for hours or days. Dalí's international fame seemed to drive them apart, as Gala was forced into a supporting role.
Gala Dalí died in Port Lligat, Spain, on June 10, 1982, following a severe case of the flu. She was buried in Púbol, Spain, on the grounds of a castle that was a gift from her husband. Salvador Dalí, who suffered from effects of the same flu outbreak that ended Gala's life, outlived his wife by seven years.
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