Pictured above: Rubirosa was always at home at a cocktail party. The FBI suspected he was a political assassin.
In the 1930s and 40s, with phony diplomatic cover in Paris, Berlin, and Buenos Aires, and with his first wife, Flor, in tow — the daughter of Rafael Trujillo, the brutish dictator of the Dominican Republic — he is said to have carried out political killings for his father-in-law, who in turn rewarded him with blank checks.
Many think he was Ian Fleming’s secret inspiration for James Bond.
By day he was a man’s man in what was still a macho world: an accomplished polo player, race car driver, adventurer, drinker, and bon vivant with the finest wardrobe of men’s — and discarded women’s — clothes in Paris. His shoes were handmade, his suits bespoke, and he even had tailored underwear from London’s Savile Row.
Singer Eartha Kitt, one of his countless conquests, said he was Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, and Burt Lancaster rolled into one.