A SUNDERLAND schoolgirl grew up to become one of the most notorious women of the Victorian era. SARAH STONER tells the story of Lola Montez, a dancer who inspired the love of kings and the hatred of angry mobs.
"I HAVE known all the world has to give – ALL!" Lola Montez admitted before her death from pneumonia in New York in 1861.
Indeed, the popular 19th-century catchphrase "Everything Lola wants, Lola gets" was inspired by the dancer and adventuress.