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Rubi: the larger-than-life diplomat

We love pasta so much, we just have to pay tribute to Porfirio Rubirosa, Rubi. He was a diplomat, a polo player, a race car driver, and…an international playboy. He is perhaps the most interesting diplomat of the past century.

He’s good at his job because women like him, and he’s a wonderful liar.


He was born in 1909 to a former Chargé d’Affaires at the Dominican consulate in Paris. He himself became a diplomat to Berlin and an ambassador to Cuba (www.askmen.com).

He raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1950 and 1954, as well as in Formula 1 in 1955.

He was linked to Judy Garland, Eva Peron, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe. If that is not enough, the list goes on to include Contessa Nicola-Gambi of Italy, Countess Marita of Spain, Empress Soraya of Iran and Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia (www.observer.com). His divorces with Barbara Hutton and Dorothy Duke, two of the richest women in the world at that time, gained him millions, villas, polo ponies, sports cars, airplanes and a coffee plantation.

But what he was most famous for was his…was his…his… It was rumored to be so legendary that the gigantic pepper mills you see in restaurants were thereafter called Rubirosas!

Sadly, he died in 1965 when he crashed his Ferrari after coming from a party for winning the Coupe de France polo cup (en.wikipedia.org).

Pepper, anyone?

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  1. Now I’m never gonna look at my pepper mill the same way again. Aaaarggg


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