Half-Dutch, half-Chinese, Catherina "Toto" Koopman was born in Java and educated in Holland and England. Dutch Model and later Patron.
1920's She was in Paris making a living as a showroom model for Coco Chanel and Marcel Rochas. Of those early days she said: It really was another world. One dressed not to please men but to astound other women. 1934 Photographed -> by George Hoyningen-Huene had a bit part in Alexander Korda ->'s The Private Life of Don Juan. After filming she stayed on in England where she had begun a short-lived romance with Max Aitken ->, son of Lord Beaverbrook, who did everything he could to break it up. Her early war years are still mysterious: she is believed to have worked as a go-between for British intelligence in Italy. Her cosmopolitan looks, multilingualism and contacts in Venetian society would have made her a prized asset. (In his book The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Picasso, Provence, and Douglas Cooper the art historian John Richardson (2001) states (pg 77):- Toto was interned in a camp outside Padua where she befriended Ingeborg and Lizzie Eichman and became the camp commandant's mistress. The commandant offered to release Toto and set her up in a hotel. Toto agreed but only if the sisters were released as well, and the commandant agreed. 1941 She was betrayed and, on direct orders from Berlin, sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp. For two years, working in the camp's kitchens, she displayed great bravery by smuggling out food to the starving inmates and intervened on behalf of prisoners selected for death. 1945 Summer recuperating in Switzerland. Later in Florence, she met Erica Brausen. Koopman moved to London and two women lived together until her death. Koopman and Brausen (another wartime heroine) ran the Hanover Gallery. Together they nurtured the career of Francis Bacon?, among others, giving him his first one-man show in 1949. Erica and Toto created an outstanding residence on the island of Panarea, north of Sicily - Le Case dei Sette Mulini ->, six white houses exquisitely interwoven with stunning terraces and descending gardens to the sea. 1991? d. See article -> and Brausen obituary ->. See IMDB ->. Bibliography The Many Lives of Miss K: Toto Koopman - Model, Muse, Spy -> - Jean-Noel Liaut (2013). See Timeline