Nicole Milinaire
Nicole Milinaire-Russell, Duchess of Bedford (born 29 June 1920, Paris
Paris is the capital and largest city in France, situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region...

) was a French television producer in the 1950s. She was the associate producer of Sheldon Reynolds television series Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes (1954 TV Series)
The first and only American television series of Sherlock Holmes adventures aired in syndication in the fall of 1954. The 39 half-hour mostly original stories were produced by Sheldon Reynolds and filmed in France by Guild Films, starring Ronald Howard as Holmes and Howard Marion Crawford as Watson...

 and of the 1951-1954 series, Foreign Intrigue. She produced the 1957 CBS series Dick and the Duchess
Dick and the Duchess
Dick and the Duchess is a rare 1950s CBS situation comedy filmed and set in London, England, and starring Patrick O'Neal and Hazel Court. O'Neal, a cousin of actor Ryan O'Neal, starred as Dick Starrett, an American insurance claims investigator based in London, who is married to Jane, an attractive...

, starring Patrick O'Neal and Hazel Court
Hazel Court
Hazel Court was an English actress best known for her roles in horror films during the 1950s and early 1960s.-Early life:...


Born as Nicole Marie Charlotte Pierrette Jeanne Schneider, she was the third and last wife of the Duke of Bedford
John Russell, 13th Duke of Bedford
John Ian Robert Russell, 13th Duke of Bedford was a British peer and writer, the son of Hastings Russell, 12th Duke of Bedford. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1985.- Biography :...

. They were married from 1960 until his death in 2002. It was a happy marriage; his third and her second.

Milinaire was the eldest child of Capt. Paul Schneider, a World War I flying Ace, and Marguerite Durand, of the noble Crouzet de Rayssac des Roches family on her mother's side. Shortly after turning eighteen years old, her parents told her she would be married that December to Henri Milinaire, a man 14 years older than herself. With Henri she became the mother of four children: Didier Milinaire, Catherine Milinaire, Gilles Milinaire, Agnes Milinaire and two grandchildren: Serafine Klarwein and Galaad Milinaire.


Her autobiography is entitled, "The Autobiography of the Duchess of Bedford by Nicole Nobody. ISBN 0-385-09773-5. Doubleday and Company, Inc., Garden City,NY. Copyright 1974.

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