Ludmila is an astonishing and utterly original woman who has led a life of wild extremes, from her childhood escape from World War II Russia by Cossack wagon train, to her overnight emergence as a fashion model and television personality in 1950s Venezuela, through her checkered career as a Hollywood television and movie actress. At the age of 14 she was already a top fashion model in Caracas; at 15 she had her own television show and dancing roles in another television show; at 16, as her family looked the other way, she began an affair with the dictator of Venezuela, General Marcos Perez Jimenez. Her ten year career as a fashion model and TV personality led her to Hollywood, where she indulged in all the Sixties experiments with drugs, alcohol and wild sex–excesses that eventually forced her to turn her back on show business and celebrity. Today, from her retirement home in Mexico, she has finally decided to present the world with her tell-all story of life in the celebrity fast lane–a story that has to be heard (and seen) to be believed.
Ludmila’s life story would be remarkable even if she had never posed for a magazine cover or appeared on a television show. A gypsy by instinct and a world traveler by fate, she journeyed from Russia to Caracas as a child, then on to Madrid, Mexico City, London and New York–all by the time she was 17 years old. Her bizarre escapades in Hollywood alone could provide enough scandal sheet material for a dozen books. In the course of her amazing life, she learned five languages, followed five careers, and married five husbands–she has been by turns a supermodel, an actress, a beauty expert, a real estate broker, an interior decorator and most recently, a landscape gardener. She befriended celebrities like Peter Lawford, Bill Cosby, Catherine Deneuve, Dean Martin, Hugh Hefner, the Carradine brothers, Jessica Walters, and Jack Lemmon. She embarked on affairs with the likes of Peter Graves and Charlton Heston, and burned the candle at both ends, from L.A. to Caracas and back. She danced the night away, lived through drug benders, orgies, and blowups–and only foresook la vida loca when addiction and exhaustion ended her career as an actress, makeup stylist and business entrepreneur.
This autobiographical blog will be both a celebrity tell-all and a personal account of a fascinating life–from the Latin American high life of the 1950s, the high fashion world of catwalks and couturiers, the Hollywood sex and drug parties of the 1960s, and finally, the long personal struggle for redemption and sobriety after the stars lost their glitter and the music faded.
Because Ludmila’s story is so incredible, this blog will include a small portfolio of her fashion covers, celebrity friends, movie and TV set stills, and family albums. These pictures, combined with her own words, substantiate a story that might otherwise be dismissed as unbelievable. But this ultimate story of rebellion and redemption is completely true, as the visible proof will reveal.
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