Famous People Named Florence
Take a look at famous people named Florence, such as Florence Joyner, Florence Harding, and Florence Mills.
Track and Field Athlete / 1959 - 1998
Olympic gold medalist Florence Joyner brought style to track and field with form-fitting bodysuits, six-inch fingernails and amazing speed. She still holds the world records in the 100- and 200-meter events.
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profile name: Florence Nightingale profile occupation: Nurse
profile id: 9542053
profile name: Florence Joyner profile occupation: Track and Field Athlete
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profile name: Florence Henderson profile occupation: Television Actress
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profile name: Florence Welch profile occupation: Singer
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profile name: Florence Ballard profile occupation: Singer
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profile name: Florence Mills profile occupation: Dancer, Singer
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In 1936, King Edward VIII unexpectedly abdicated the throne to marry the love of his life, American divorcée Wallis Simpson, proclaiming, "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love." Edward's behavior prior to his decision to abdicate—including courting Wallis while she was still married to her second husband—garnered outrage from the British Royal Family, most notably from Queen Mary of Teck and King George V, and led to the "abdication crisis" in Britain. In 1937, the happy couple married and embarked on a jet-setting life in Paris, meanwhile referring to themselves as "W.E."—their initials, but also a dig at the royal "we," or the majestic plural. Subversive and playful, their nickname continues to serve as a testament to their lasting adoration for one another.
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