British socialite, painter and journalist, Angela Mary Culme-Seymour was born on August 3, 1912 and grew up to cut a dazzling figure in British smart society before and after World War II.

She had an eventful life changing husbands and lovers with bewildering regularity, Her liaisons included, but were not limited to, Churchill’s nephew, an English peer, a French count, an army major and a professor of atomic physics who was married to her half-sister.

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She had a liberal education at Bedales School and Dartington Hall. She then went to art school in Suffolk, exhibited her work in London and continued to paint for many years. Her first husband was the nephew of Winston Churchill, Johnny Churchill. This relationship lasted only a few years and they had one daughter, but Angela left to pursue a French Count, Rene Chatellus.

By leaving her first and second husband and children she became known in the circles that she lived in as the ‘Bolter’. Her life of privilege included various travels abroad, four husbands, many lovers and turbulent times between both easy wealth and her more usual precarious financial existence.

She wrote a book called Bolter’s Grand-daughter and amused herself by painting, playing the guitar, and writing a column on life in Paris for Woman’s Own.

Throughout her life she lived in the UK, France, Australia, Turkey, Scotland. She died in Scotland in the spiritual school in which her last husband set up and taught.




Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.


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