This Woman Ran A Gentleman’s Club During WWII, But It Was All Just A Front For A Top-Secret Spy Ring

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She was born on December 8, 1907, in Michigan to folks by the name of DeLaTaste. But her mother remarried to a marine engineer called Jesse Snyder and her daughter became Claire Snyder. Claire’s family then moved to Portland, Oregon, where she went to Franklin High School.

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It seems Claire ended her education abruptly in order to join the circus, an impulsive move that would become a feature of her sometimes chaotic life. Then, during the 1930s, she worked in nightclubs in the Northwest States before joining a performing company that traveled to Hong Kong and Manila.

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In the Philippines, Claire met Manuel Fuentes, whose name she took after marrying him in August 1939. Manuel worked on a steamship that sailed around the Philippines, and he and Claire had a daughter together called Dian. After a visit to the U.S. with Dian to see her stepfather, Claire returned to Manila in September 1941.

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