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Richard René Silvin is a historian and lecturer, who has created a library of over 20 lectures. These include the subjects of his books on the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Addison Mizner, and the SS Normandie. In addition, he has created the series All That Glitters Is Not Gold, made up of 11 lectures about famous wealthy women who had tragic lives. 

By popular demand some of the earlier subjects have expanded into additional lectures: the History of the Concorde, Famous disasters at sea, and the History of transatlantic ocean liner travel. Most recently René has added the lives of several iconic women, Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie Kennedy-Onassis. Most subjects are available to be presented as 30, 60 or 90-minute versions.

As René says: “I view my role of author and lecturer to be that of a raconteur of well-researched, intriguing and authentic stories, based on major historic events or people. My goal and passion is to inform and entertain a sophisticated audience, by using hundreds of pictures and numerous audio-visual documents in each presentation.”

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Lecture Series

The Dramatic Life of America’s Most Controversial and Creative Architect
Glamour & Respectability
Audrey Hepburn
Screen Legend, Style Icon, Humanitarian
All That Glitters Is Not Gold
10 women whose wealth did not bring them happiness
Marlene Dietrich:
The Woman and the Legend
Addison Mizner:
His Life and Work
Technology Meets Glamour
A History of Palm Beach Architecture
Noblesse Oblige:
The Duchess of Windsor as I knew her
The History of Transatlantic Ocean Liner Travel:
From Necessity to Glamour to Recreation
Famous Tragedies at Sea
SS Normandie :
The Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Ocean Liner
The Four Lives
of Jackie O
From Cereal Heiress to Winter White House
Marjorie Merriweather Post
An American Empress

Published Works Available For Purchase

I Survived Swiss Boarding Schools:
All That Glitters Is Not Gold
the Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Liner
Villa Mizner :
Villa Mizner, The House That Changed Palm Beach
Noblesse Oblige:
The Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Her
Walking The Rainbow:
All that glitters is not gold

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