Ira von Fürstenberg

Princess Virginia (Ira) of Fürstenberg (German: Ira Prinzessin zu Fürstenberg) (born 18 April 1940) is a European socialite, actress, jewelry designer, and a former public relations manager for the fashion designer Valentino Garavani. The daughter of Prince Tassilo zu Fürstenberg and his first wife, Clara Agnelli, a Fiat heiress, she was born as Her Serene Highness Princess Virginia Carolina Theresa Pancrazia Galdina of Fürstenberg in Rome, Italy. Her maternal great-grandmother was an American heiress, Jane Campbell (Princess di San Faustino, by marriage), and the elder of her two brothers was the fashion designer Egon von Fürstenberg. Her former sister-in-law is the fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg, and an uncle was Gianni Agnelli, the chairman of Fiat. She also has a younger brother, Prince Sebastian. She is first cousin of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Karel Schwarzenberg. Princess Ira was reportedly an occasional companion and potential consort of Prince Rainier III of Monaco after the death of his wife, the former Grace Kelly, but premature speculation in the press by her son about the marriage apparently dissuaded the prince from making a proposal.


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