Carolïna 'Carol' Gramm is a hardy breed and also a survivor. She was orphaned by a member of what remained of her aristocratic family, a family that had disintegrated sometime before WW1.
She moved to Milan in her late teens where she first worked for Gianni Versace. After Milan came New York City. She was cast as the next “Chanel No. 5 Girl.”
Even though she had kept the secret of her family’s heritage from the industry, The House of Chanel wanted her because of her regal look. In a way her lost family had been restored to its former glory—if only in a fantasy.