Her brief 1926 engagement to a Yugoslav diplomat caused the greatest excitement since the European war in Belgrade, reported one Times correspondent. Read Mary Baker Engaged to Count Pouritch" (Oct. 24, 1926) Miss Baker was also linked to the actor Barry Baxter, who collapsed onstage and died during their friendship; rumors flew that he had learned that Miss Baker was about to dispatch herself to London to marry another man. Mr. Baxters physician came forward to deliver the disappointing news: The cause of death had been pneumonia, not betrayal or lovesickness. Thus Miss Baker remained categorized as simply shy rather than fatale. By the time she died in 1961 , at age 61, she had supposedly received 65 marriage proposals. Read Mary L. Baker, 61, Spurned Suitors" (July 14, 1961) Her love of life seemed abundant; she was, for example, fond of pirate parties, tango dancing with Romanian princes and glinting lame gowns. Furthermore, Miss Baker was a quintessential dollar princess, an heiress whose net worth made her an international catch.
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