Born in the United States, Mona Travis Strader first married Henry J. Shlesinger in 1917 to whom she left custody of her son in exchange of half a million dollars when they divorced in 1920. She next married the banker James Irving Bush said to be the 'handsomest man in America', in 1921. Her third husband, in 1926, was Harrison Williams with whom she led a lavish life, becoming the first American woman to be named 'The Best Dressed Woman in the World', in 1933. Mona became von Bismarck when she married the German aristocrat at her previous husband's death and shared her time between her Parisian town-house and Capri. The socialite who had managed to ladder up the social ranks from her native Kentucky by marrying older wealthy men, turned herself into a much envied queen of Café Society who graced the pages of Vogue magazine with her Balenciaga gowns, served as model to Salvador Dali and even got to be referred to in a Cole Porter song: 'What do I care if Mrs. Harrison Williams is the best dressed woman in town?'